What makes St Petersburg so… Petersburg?

This year is the third time that I have had the pleasure of living in St Petersburg (also lovingly known as ‘Piter’). It’s a city that is so easy to fall in love with, and the first time I came here, within a couple of weeks I was completely and utterly charmed. The city’s atmosphere… Continue reading

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Art-Café Sunduk

Just a couple of minutes away from Tavrichesky Park (Таврический Сад) is located one of the most particular and strange bars in St. Petersburg. Art-Café Sunduk (Арт-Кафе Сундук) will impress its visitors with a unique style with a mixture of soviet, hipster and kitsch. The Russian word “sunduk” (meaning “box”) is really appropriate: the bar… Continue reading

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Gostinyi dvor

The term Gostinyi dvor (Гостиный двор), literally translated as “guest court” or “merchant yard”, defines a Russian indoor market or shopping center. These types of structures originated around the 15th and the 16th centuries, and they were originally squares or galleries where merchants came together and managed their businesses. These places evolved into bigger buildings… Continue reading

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