Commonly referred to as the Catherine Gardens, after the enormous Catherine the Great statue at its centre, Pl Ostrovskogo is the...
Booths outside Gostiny Dvor sell tickets for English-language tours around the city and to major sights outside the city such as...
Young Dmitry Shostakovich once played piano accompaniment to silent movies here.
Reliable Russian fast-food chains include Teremok serving all kinds of bliny out of kiosks and cafés.
Lonely Planet review
On the corner of Malaya Sadovaya ul is Yeliseyevsky , another Style Moderne beauty built between 1901 and 1903 that once housed the city’s most elegant grocery store. At the time of research the building was closed but its grand exterior is well worth a look.