CAFES AND RESTAURANTS
Number of restaurants and cafes in St. Petersburg
keeps growing but still the city is far from being
packed with places where you can get a decent meal.
For more information check out our Dining Guide.
As a general rule it is best to make reservations
whenever possible as it can be frustrating trying to
find a place that has room on the spur of the moment.
With Russian-run places this can be somewhat
difficult for non-Russian speakers, and a visit to
the restaurant or cafe is necessary. Pay attention to
opening hours; it can be hard to find something after
22:00 or 23:00 unless it’s at a hotel or bar.
You may notice that several establishments quote menu
prices in dollars and then apply a miserable exchange
rate thus making your meal more expensive than if,
for instance, you were to pay by credit card.
However, as few places outside Western-style hotels
and restaurants accept credit cards (check before you
order) its always a good idea to bring plenty of
rubles with you.