International in Smolny & Vosstaniya

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On the top floor of the Olympic Plaza shopping complex, Gastronomika is the go-to spot for a wide-ranging menu of pizzas, barbecue brisket, Asian noodle soups and salmon or halibut with rich sauces. The cooking gets solid reviews, but the real draw is the outstanding view over the rooftops of St Petersburg.

A party vibe prevails on weekends, when DJs spin from 9pm onward, and diners receive a welcome drink.