Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Petrozavodsk

Fine Arts Museum

Besides the permanent exhibitions that feature medieval icons, 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 Chri…
Top Choice Karelian in Petrozavodsk

Karelskaya Gornitsa

Claiming to be the first Karelian restaurant in the world, this ye-olde hotspot boasts efficient costumed waiters and excellent, hearty fare, including rabbit borsch and rich, gamey and fishy mains, washed down with…
Ukrainian in Petrozavodsk

Dobra Khata

The rustic Ukrainian theme is worked to the max here – expect a cheery stove, woven tablecloths, sunflowers, clay jugs and nostalgic sepia prints of Ukrainian peasantry. Maidens in traditional costume serve you all …
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…
Museum in Petrozavodsk

Puppet House

A remarkable and somewhat creepy collection of handmade creations by one of Russia’s foremost puppet mistresses. Storybook heroes, mythological creatures and folk-tale evildoers are re-created here and each doll is …
Fusion in Petrozavodsk

La Parisienne

This local chain’s nine (!) locations in Petrozavodsk are constantly packed, thanks to hip decor and an eclectic menu – where else can you scoff sushi and sip cranberry lemonade while humming along to Edith Piaf?
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 R70). Popular with the young trendies.
Live Music in Petrozavodsk

FM-Art Kafe

This large student-oriented basement beneath the Philharmonia offers entertainment as varied as the clientele, with revolving theme evenings ranging from jazz to folk to indie.
Fiesta in Petrozavodsk

Hyperborea Festival

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