A small guide to Loft Project Etagi

A view of Loft Project Etagi

Ten years have passed since what used to be an old bakery opened as Loft Project Etagi on Ligovsky prospekt 74, a 15-minute walk from Площадь Восстания (Ploschad Vosstaniya). Some might say it is the definition of a hipster’s paradise; there is a craft beer bar at the entrance, they sell fancy coffee, vegan (and non-vegan)… Continue reading


5 St. Petersburg bars to start your night out

food & drink at St. petersburg bars

Do you feel like going out but not sure where to go first? Here are five suggestions on where to start your night out in Saint Petersburg. Apotheke Anyone who’s lived in Saint Petersburg for a while have a story to tell about Dumskaya, the area where the Dumskaya street and Lomonosov street meet, a… Continue reading


Student interview: Maurits (29) left the Netherlands to start a business in Russia

Maurits is a 29-year-old Dutchman who decided to quit a job in a big company, move to Russia and start one on his own. Straight after graduating business school in 2014, he started working for a well-renowned company in the Netherlands, but the 9-to-5 lifestyle did not suit him and eventually he did what most… Continue reading


Three cafes you have to visit in Saint Petersburg (and one more)

One of the best things about Saint Petersburg are all the cafes, bakeries and pastry shops that surround you wherever you go. Some of them are really good, another few are decent and some of them will sell you stuff that is barely edible. Having tried at lest at least 20-30 of them, here are… Continue reading


Who needs the sun when you have the banya?

Russian Banya

Morning football со своей командой (with my team) is a weekly highlight here in Saint Petersburg. Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year, we meet at 8 am close to the Smolensky cemetery on Vasilyevsky Island to play five-a-side. Outdoors during summer and, luckily, indoors during winter. Around once a month the team gathers in the next-door… Continue reading


A day in Veliky Novgorod with Liden & Denz

a view from Veliky Novgorod

Saturday started a bit earlier than most days – 06.45 am ten students and a staff member from Liden & Denz met outside Moskovskiy train station. The plan was to spend the day in Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod the Great), a three-hour train ride south-east from Saint Petersburg. Liden & Denz regularly arrange guided tours and… Continue reading


4 reasons to visit Vasilyevsky Island

Vasilyevsky Island, or “Васька” as it is known to the locals, is frequently visited by tourists but some parts are more popular than others. The most touristic area is found around the beautiful Dvortsoviy bridge that connects the island with the mainland, just a stone’s throw from the Hermitage and a few minutes walk from… Continue reading


Hello from the new Norwegian intern

Hello! My name is Fredrik, I’m a 26-year-old Norwegian and this is my first post as an intern at Liden & Denz. I’m about to start the second year of my MA in Global Communication & International Communication, a double-degree programme between the State University of Saint Petersburg and the Free University of Berlin. Originally… Continue reading