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St. Petersburg is often called the cultural capital of Russia. Easy transport access, numerous museums, theatres, restaurants, and stunning architecture of the downtown make St. Petersburg a great place for sightseeing. As a megapolis with 5 million inhabitants, St. Petersburg is vivid from early in the morning until late at nights. So even if you are free to travel only after five, you’ll have plenty of amazing things to do in St. Petersburg at night. Let’s check what’s going on in the city when the working day is done!
You have to walk around the historical centre of St. Petersburg which is included to the UNESCO Heritage List.
How to Get to St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg has 1 international airport — Pulkovo. Besides, you can arrive to St. Petersburg by train or by ferry.
Public transportation is the best way to get around the city. Metro is highly reliable.
Where to Eat in St. Petersburg for Dinner
Try bliny at Teremok // Teremok is a Russian fast-food chain restaurant. But instead of burgers and fried potatoes, they sell all kind of bliny (crepes). You can choose sweet blinis with berry jam or more hearty blinis with cheese, ham and tomatoes. Besides, Teremok offers a variety of soups, salads and desserts.
Address: 60 Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg
Eat vegetarian in 2A Concept // If eating healthy is important to you, have a meal in the 2A Concept. It’s a cosy coffee shop with delicious, healthy and beautiful food, located in the heart of St. Petersburg. You’ll find smoothies and smoothie bowls, healthy salads and soups, avocado toasts, cereal sandwiches, low-calorie sweets, as well as freshly brewed coffee.
Address: 49 Gorokhovaya St., St. Petersburg
Enjoy pastries and tea in the coffee shop of the Eliseyev Emporium // Eliseyev Emporium is an elite grocery store in the St. Petersburg downtown. The store itself is especially remarkable for its magnificent Art Nouveau decor. Visitors can try pastries and teas in the cosy coffee shop on the ground floor or have supper in the restaurant Mezzanine.
Address: 56, Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg
Chill out in the restaurant Terrassa // The #1 attraction of this restaurant is its terrace with a breathtaking bird’s-eye view on the historical centre of St. Petersburg. Add to this a vegetable salad with crab, poached egg and sour cream or a tender meringue with pastry cream and berries — and you’ll be fine.
Address: 3, Kazanskaya St., St. Petersburg
Try contemporary Russian cuisine in Cococo Restaurant // If you want to try contemporary Russian cuisine, Cococo restaurant is what you need. “A little madness, a lot of humour, love of native products and unpredictable combinations” — these are the right word to describe the restaurant’s menu. Wouldn’t you mind a roasted beetroot salad with Circassia cheese or a whitefish “Ceviche” with mandarin seasoning and dried raspberry? I think you wouldn’t!
Address: 6, Voznesensky Prospekt, St. Petersburg
Things to Do in St. Petersburg at Night
Climb to the roof of the Loft Etazhi // The roof of the Loft Etazhi is an open-air observation platform on the roof of one of the buildings in the central part of St. Petersburg. You can see an unusual side of the city from a height of 27 m. The roof is equipped with benches and chairs. You can either take stunning pictures or buy food and drinks in the nearby cafes and have a picnic with your head in the clouds!
Address: 74, Ligovsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg
Enjoy Sunset at Port Sevkabel // Part Sevkabel is a former industrial plant which was turned into a creative space. Nowadays these former industrial warehouses are home for cosy cafes, handmade markets and nightclubs. Port Sevkabel is situated in the shore of the Finland Gulf. This place is a perfect point for spotting picturesque sunsets. Grab a coffee and head to the embankment to enjoy a breathtaking evening view on the port.
Address: 40, Kozhevennaya Line, Vasilievsky Island, St. Petersburg
Watch ballet in the Mikhailovsky Theatre // Russian ballet is known all over the world. Thus, watching the famous Swan Lake or Nutcracker is a must-do in St. Petersburg. For this cultural escape, choose the Mikhailovsky Theatre, one of the oldest opera and ballet houses of the city. You’ll enjoy not only a great performance but a stunning architecture of the theatre.
Address: 1, Arts Square, St. Petersburg
Take a boat tour on rivers and canals // What can be more relaxing after a working day than a quiet tour on rivers? St. Petersburg is often called the Venice of the North. And a boat outing is a perfect way to learn more about the city. If you take a tour at night, you’ll also see the famous drawbridges being raised.
Get to know contemporary art in the Erarta Museum // Open until 10 p.m., Erarta is the largest museum of contemporary art in Russia. The Erarta’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, art objects created by Russian artists during the last 70 years.
Address: 2, 29th Line of Vasilievsky Island, St. Petersburg
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