48 Hours in St Petersburg: Useful travel guide for a week end in the city

Ready to discover the second largest city in Russia between history and modernity?

48 hours are such a short time if you consider all the things the city has to offer. Yet, one original week end can also be a lot of fun. Enjoy!

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Start the morning right with a good breakfast at счастье, literally “happiness” in Russian. There are several in St Petersburg, yet the one in Nevsky Prospect, the main street, is very central and delicious. Definitely my favorite café! Perfect place for dreamers where you can take a picture with angels wings and believe you can fly…

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Walk through the city and take a time to admire both St. Isaac’s Cathedral State Museum-Memorial and the Cathedral of Spilled Blood: simply magnificent, bordered by an arm of the Neva. It is as beautiful outside & inside. All the churches and cathedrals of St Petersburg are an essential thing to do.

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The inevitable Hermitage Museum, a real moment of happiness for the amateurs of Art & History. It is huge! Take the time to appreciate all this wealth, furnitures, paintings, tapestries, chandeliers and other. Absolutely spectacular. Probably one of the most beautiful museum in the world, if not the one.

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Favorite Restaurants

-Tsar, also centrally located near the main street of Saint Petersburg. The decoration of the restaurant is beautiful just like many monuments of St. Petersburg. You will be introduced to the diverse and typical Russian food including soups, pancakes and pelmenis. The toilets needs to be visited for their special atmosphere! Russian music is appreciable too.

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-Paradise, the restaurant is right next to the Church of Spilled Blood. It is made in old stone arches with a beautiful vault but contrasting with the light and modern equipment. Cool sound, friendly staff and tasty international food: we loved it!

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Get a drink!

Cocktail bars, jazz clubs, speakeasies, undergrounds spots, hotel bars, good addresses are not lacking for a drink after dark.

Our personal favorites:

-The Hat Bar ( Belinskogo ul 9), unpretentious jazz club who became one of the place to be in St Petersburg.

-Fish Fabrique ( Ligovsky pr 53) : THE underground and bohemian bar where you will be able to meet people more easily with a community friendly towards “Westerners”.

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