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Top Choice Georgian in Petrozavodsk


Despite a somewhat gaudy facade, Genyatsvale is a laid-back, tastefully decorated Georgian cafe with blown-up photos of the motherland on the walls. Serves perfectly made khachapuri po ajarski (flatbread filled with…
Top Choice Museum in Petrozavodsk

Fine Arts Museum

Besides the permanent exhibitions that feature medieval icons, and folk art such as embroidery, weaving and birch-bark creations, there's a collection of 18th-century Russian Masters that includes a dark and creepy …
Top Choice Karelian in Petrozavodsk

Karelskaya Gornitsa

Claiming to be the first Karelian restaurant in the world, this ye-olde hot spot boasts excellent, hearty fare, including rabbit borsch and rich, gamey and fishy mains, washed down with its own medovukha (honey mead…
Top Choice Bar in Petrozavodsk


Popular with a youngish crowd, this centrally-located bar-cafe serves pizza and grilled meat dishes (mains from R310), and has imported beers on tap. It also has table football.
Cafe in Petrozavodsk

Kaffee Haus

Widely acclaimed for Petrozavodsk’s best coffee and cakes.
Museum in Petrozavodsk

Museum of Regional Studies

Besides exhibitions on trade between Russia's north and the Byzantine world, the history of the city and regional trades, this excellent museum (with English captioning) introduces you to the mysteries of ancient st…
Fusion in Petrozavodsk

Deja Vu

Small but inexpensive salads, soups and light mains served in an upbeat, youthful atmosphere where the déjà vu in question is the Eiffel Tower, a giant photo of which is echoed in ironwork motifs above the bar.
Bar in Petrozavodsk


This super-sleek Russo-Japanese-style hang-out by the train station dishes up lethal cocktails every bit as delicious as the authentic sushi snacks (from R85). Popular with the young trendies.
Cafe in Petrozavodsk

La Parisienne

Come to this spacious European-style cafe for the good coffee, tea, and tasty pastries. Order the dill-topped pizza at your peril, though.
Fiesta in Petrozavodsk

Hyperborea Festival

Chase the winter blues away at this festival celebrating all things snow and ice. Held lakeside.