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Top Choice Palace in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)

Catherine Palace

The centrepiece of Tsarskoe Selo, created under Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great between 1744 and 1796, is the vast baroque Catherine Palace, designed by Rastrelli and named after Peter the Great’s second…
Top Choice Park in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)

Catherine Park

Around the Catherine Palace extends the lovely Catherine Park. The main entrance is on Sadovaya ul, next to the Palace Chapel. The park extends around the ornamental Great Pond and contains an array of interesting b…
Top Choice Palace in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)

Alexander Palace

The classical Alexander Palace, built by Quarenghi between 1792 and 1796 for the future Alexander I, is surrounded by the charming Alexander Park. Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar, was its main tenant and he made …
International in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)

White Rabbit

In the centre of town, this pub-like place serves decent fish and chips, savoury meat pies, pesto pasta and lots of other satisfying dishes in a comfy, easy-going environment. Sink into a leather booth, and warm up …
Russian in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)

Admiralty Restaurant

The best restaurant in Catherine Park is set in an elegant, brick-walled dining room and features reliably good dishes, including beef cheeks in wine sauce, leg of lamb, and homemade pelmeni (Russian-style ravioli),…
Russian in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)

Solenya Varenya

Outside of Catherine Park, this elegant spot makes a fine setting for a traditional Russian meal. Bliny with mushrooms, cabbage soup, and grilled salmon are among the nicely executed dishes. You can also stop in for…
International in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)


Daniel offers a blow-out gastronomic feast within stumbling distance of the Catherine Palace. Swedish chef Eric Viedgård conjures culinary magic with his seasonally changing menu in an elegant contemporary space wit…
Bistro in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)


A fine spot for a quick bite, Volkonsky has bakery items, coffees and an extensive menu of Russian and European fare. Pity the poor staff that must carry food-laden trays up and down those stone steps.
Historic Building in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)

Cameron Gallery

A two-storey pavilion that houses temporary exhibitions on the ground floor. The upper-storey contains a long colonnade perfect for strolling and taking in the park views.
Historic Building in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)

Chinese Pavilion

Also known as the Chinese Village, this assembly of buildings was commissioned by Catherine the Great during the craze for Chinoiserie in the late 18th century.