French in St Petersburg

Lovely Alésia, with its big windows, laid-back soundtrack and umbrella-clad courtyard, is the brainchild of Sandra Ly-Flores, Erika Ly and Paul Hsu, who wanted to re-create the French Vietnamese cafes of their Parisian youth. Here you'll agonize over the tiered pastry selection, breakfast on crepes or croque monsieur, and linger over bowls of spicy pho and crunchy summer rolls.