Museum of Zoology
One of the biggest and best of its kind in the world, the Museum of Zoology was founded in 1832 and has some amazing exhibits, including...
Also known as the Museum of Ethnology and Anthropology, the Kunstkamera is the city’s first museum and was founded in 1714 by Peter...
The old customs house, topped with statues and a dome, is now home to the Institute of Russian Literature. Fondly called Pushkin House,...
Vaulted ceilings and contemporary furnishings make this bar a handy hangout for beers (11 types on tap), whiskey (70 brands) and other...
Casa del Myaso
This is Petersburg's best steak house, a place where a semi-fanatical anti-vegetarian stance is in evidence, but where you're guaranteed...
Among the oldest parts of Vasilyevsky Island, this eastern tip is where Peter the Great wanted his new city’s administrative and intellectual centre to be. In fact, the Strelka became the focus of St Petersburg’s maritime trade, symbolised by the colonnaded Customs House (now the Pushkin House). The two Rostral Columns, archetypal St Petersburg landmarks, are studded with ships’ prows and four seated sculptures representing four of Russia’s great rivers: the Neva, the Volga, the Dnieper and the Volkhov.
These were oil-fired navigation beacons in the 1800s and their gas torches are still lit on some holidays, which makes for a breathtaking sight. The Strelka has one of the best views in the city, with the Peter and Paul Fortress to the left and the Hermitage, the Admiralty and St Isaac’s Cathedral to the right.