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Top Choice Russian in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Green Room

The in-house cafe of the super cool Loft Project ETAGI, you’ll find this place on the 3rd floor (from the street go through the courtyard). The centrepiece here is a fantastic summer terrace, which is a gorgeous pla…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Dom Beat

The big draws at this place are the superb cocktails and wide drinks menu. Funky '70s interior, a cool crowd and tables cleared for dancing later in the evening make it a great spot.
Top Choice Italian in Smolny & Vosstaniya


Another superb addition to ul Rubinshteyna's impressive eating options, Vinostudia is a serious and passionately run enoteca (wine bar). All wine is available by the glass (R130 to R350) and the staff are knowledgea…
Top Choice Fine Dining in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Grand Cru

This wine emporium may function as a shop, but its excellent gastronomic restaurant is no afterthought; it's a beautifully decorated space with moody red lighting, timber floors and big windows. The menu is ambitiou…
Top Choice Fusion in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Duo Gastrobar

This light-bathed place, done out in wood and gorgeous glass lampshades, has really helped put this otherwise quiet area on the culinary map. Its short fusion menu excels, featuring such unlikely delights as passion…
Top Choice Russian in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Mechta Molokhovets

Inspired by the cookbook of Elena Molokhovets, the Russian Mrs Beeton, the menu at 'Molokhovets' Dream' covers all the classics from borsch to beef stroganoff, as well as less frequently seen dishes such as goose br…
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. It's crazy at t…
Top Choice Jazz in Smolny & Vosstaniya

The 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…
Live Music in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Fish Fabrique Nouvelle

This legendary bar is set in the building that’s the focus of the avant-garde art scene – it attracts an interesting crowd who give this cramped space its edge. Live bands kick up a storm at 10pm nightly.
Books in Smolny & Vosstaniya


The city’s only dedicated English-language bookshop has a large selection of contemporary literature, classics, dictionaries, history and travel writing. It also hosts small art and photography displays, organises b…