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Top Choice Monastery in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Alexander Nevsky Monastery

The Alexander Nevsky Monastery – named for the patron saint of St Petersburg – is the city's most ancient and eminent monastery. Peter the Great made a mistake when he founded the monastery on this spot at the far e…
Top Choice Russian in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Banshiki

Although it opened in 2017, Banshiki has already earned a sterling reputation for its excellent Russian cuisine, serving up a huge variety of nostalgic dishes with a contemporary touch. Everything is made in-house, …
Top Choice Anticafe in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Ziferblat

A charming multiroom 'free space' that has started a worldwide trend, Ziferblat is the original anticafe in St Petersburg. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits are included as you while away your time playing chess…
Top Choice Fusion in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Duo Gastrobar

Boasting a minimalist Scandinavian design scheme, Duo Gastrobar has wowed diners with its outstanding cooking that showcases quality ingredients with global accents in delectable plates such as crab bruschetta, spic…
Top Choice Bar in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Commode

Stopping in for drinks at Commode feels more like hanging out in an upper-class friend's stylish apartment. After getting buzzed up, you can hang out in various high-ceilinged rooms, catch a small concert or poetry …
Top Choice International in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Schengen

A breath of fresh air just off Liteyny pr, Schengen represents local aspirations to the wider world. The wide-ranging menu is packed with temptations, from tender halibut with tomatoes and zucchini to slow-cooked ve…
Top Choice Bar in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Redrum

One of St Petersburg's best drinking dens, Redrum hits all the right notes. It has a cosy, white brick interior, a welcoming, easygoing crowd, and a stellar selection of craft brews (some two dozen on tap). There's …
Top Choice Bar in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Union Bar & Grill

The Union is a glamorous and fun place, characterised by one enormous long wooden bar, low lighting and a New York feel. It's all rather adult, with a serious cocktail list and designer beers on tap. The hip 20- and…
Top Choice Bar in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Hat

The wonderfully retro-feeling Hat is a serious spot for jazz and whiskey lovers, who come for the nightly live music and the cool cat crowd that makes this wonderfully designed bar feel like it's been transported ou…
Museum in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House

Housed in the south wing of the Sheremetyev Palace, this touching and fascinating literary museum celebrates the life and work of Anna Akhmatova, St Petersburg’s most famous 20th-century poet. Akhmatova lived here f…