Italian in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Vinostudia is a serious and passionately run enoteca (wine bar). All wine is available by the glass (R150 to R700) and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. There's a good Italian-leaning menu, with dishes such as grilled tiger shrimp, calamari and duck breast rounding out more traditional fare.

Its brick walls mean that it can be rather loud come weekend evenings, when the place is busy and reservations are a good idea. The white-washed walls, large glass wine cooler and industrial touches all add to the atmosphere.