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Don't-Miss Dishes in St. Petersburg

Don't-Miss Dishes in St. Petersburg

Russian cuisine is renowned for its hearty stews and rich flavors, generally accompanied by a glass of Russian vodka. St. Petersburg has a myriad of restaurants to tempt you, as well as gastronomic tours and cooking classes for a deeper dive into Russia’s culinary heritage. Whatever you choose, tuck into these must-try dishes.

Borscht

A hearty beetroot soup loaded with meat and vegetables, borscht is on most restaurant menus around the city. The blood-red soup hails from the Ukraine, and it’s best served cold with a spoonful of sour cream on top. 

Beef Stroganoff

You simply can’t visit Russia without tucking into a bowl of beef stroganoff, one of the country’s most famous exports. Enjoy the tender beef strips, mushrooms, and onions sautéed in a rich creamy sauce made with white wine, sour cream, and mustard over rice or noodles. 

Blini

Wafer-thin crepe-like pancakes made with buckwheat flour, blini are served for breakfast or as a sweet or savory treat. Load them up with fruit jams or syrup, or top with Russian caviar. 

Koryushka

Koryushka (smelt) are a St. Petersburg staple fished from the Neva River. They're particularly popular around spring. Try the fish lightly battered and fried with a variety of different sauces, or order a bowl of fish soup.

Pelmeni

You can’t visit St. Petersburg without sampling Russia’s national dish, pelmeni. The dumplings are typically made from minced meat and onions wrapped in unleavened dough—enjoy your pelmeni  with a dollop of sour cream or butter. 

Pirozhki

The quintessential street food snack, pirozhki are baked or fried pastries stuffed with a variety of fillings. Load up on meat, potato, and mushroom pirozhki, or opt for a sweet version, filled with apple or plum.

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Skip the Line: Caviar & Vodka Tasting at Russian Vodka Museum Ticket

Skip the Line: Caviar & Vodka Tasting at Russian Vodka Museum Ticket

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Get a real taste of Russia on this tour that combines learning about culinary history at the Vodka Museum and dining at Vodka Room No.1. After visiting the museum, choose from two set menus, with black or red caviar, eight shot glasses of flavored Polugar, and a half-dozen pancakes with sour cream.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.50
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$32.50
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Private tour: Hermitage Museum and 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch with Vodka

Private tour: Hermitage Museum and 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch with Vodka

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Enjoy a private tour of St Petersburg's Hermitage—one of the largest museum's on the planet—then follow it up with a traditional 3-course Russian meal. Use your admission ticket to peruse the world's largest collection of paintings and explore the Hermitage's vast exhibition halls, taking in works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Goya and Van Gogh as you go. See sculptures by da Vinci and wander among extravagant state rooms offering insight into Russian history. Afterward, savor a lunch of national cuisine (think beet borsht and fish) accompanied by a complimentary vodka shot.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Gastronomic tour: Cuisine of imperial times

Gastronomic tour: Cuisine of imperial times

Feel like a Russian Tsar having meal in luxurious restaurant in the very center of the city. Imperial Period of Russia is the most prominent and contrast in Russian history. We want to introduce you unique cuisine of those times: You will be surprised how different it is from Soviet and Modern one. You’ll be transferred to the 18th century and you’ll definitely feel like a nobleman in front of the table with the best dishes and drinks. We’ve chosen the most distinctive restaurant among hundreds of others which is built in the best traditions of Imperial chic. It’s located in the very center of Saint-Petersburg and we’re eager to show you the most well-known places of interest on our way as a pleasant bonus before tasting royal foods.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

Private St. Petersburg Food and Culture Tour - with Friendly Local Guide

Private St. Petersburg Food and Culture Tour - with Friendly Local Guide

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See the sights and tap into St. Petersburg’s cuisine and lifestyle on this bit-of-everything private food and culture walking tour. Stroll the handsome streets to see attractions including the State Hermitage and Church on Spilled Blood, and visit traditional eateries to try popular local dishes. Sample specialties like ‘borscht’ soup, beer-like ‘kvass,’ and more as you hear about Russian culture and customs. Pre-set menus and hotel pickup and drop-off on foot included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.00
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$129.00
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Off-the-tourist Path Food Tour

Off-the-tourist Path Food Tour

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To understand the culture you are interested in, it is better to start with the food and drink traditions. We think that it is unfair that the world associates Russia with only Borsch and vodka. The country is multinational, as well as the cuisine. And, where is the best place to enjoy the variety of Russian cuisine, if not in the most international city in Russia – St.Petersburg? The idea of this tour is to get our foreign guests acquainted with the everyday food and drinking life of Russian people. We won’t visit any famous touristic places during this tour, we will show you places that locals know and love. The menu is based on favourite local goodies: fresh farmer products, Georgian cuisine, wine, and of course strong alcohol.
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  • 4 hours
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$102.57
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$102.57
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Local Market Tour and Cooking Demo with a Homemade Russian Meal in St Petersburg

Local Market Tour and Cooking Demo with a Homemade Russian Meal in St Petersburg

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Learn to cook authentic Russian food from the true masters: experienced home cooks. Learn all about the necessary ingredients on a market tour, attend a cooking demonstration in a homely private kitchen, and enjoy eating what you help prepare. You’ll learn specifically about the Komi people of Russia, through their food.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.67
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$106.67
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Afternoon Tea with a Russian Ballet Dancer

Afternoon Tea with a Russian Ballet Dancer

Try a truly Russian experience - pay a visit to one of the brightest and experienced ballet dancers of St Petersburg together with your private interpreter! Enjoy a delightful evening full of stories and recollections of the prominent dancer and savour muffins with tea in a friendly circle.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$190.00
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$190.00
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Private Cooking Class: Russian traditional Blini with red caviar and Shchi in pipkin

Private Cooking Class: Russian traditional Blini with red caviar and Shchi in pipkin

Prepare a trio of traditional Russian dishes during a private cooking class in St Petersburg. This 3-hour hands-on class focuses on local culinary heritage, providing you the techniques and ingredients needed to make Shchi cabbage soup cooked in a pipkin pot, delectable Siberian Pelmeni or dumplings and Russian Blini served with red salmon caviar—a popular dish among tsars. Learn facts about each dish and its origins as you go, then sit down to enjoy your well-earned gastronomic feast with friends.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,113.00
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$1,113.00
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Private Tour: Siberian Pelmeni Cooking Class in St.Petersburg

Private Tour: Siberian Pelmeni Cooking Class in St.Petersburg

Learn how to recreate some of Russia's most mouthwatering traditional dishes during a 3-hour St Petersburg cooking class. Master traditional techniques taught by experienced chefs while preparing such dishes as Russian borsch, Stolichny salad and Siberian Pelmeni—delectable meat-filled dumplings that are the perfect accompaniment for a cold winter's night. Then sit down to enjoy your creations and leave with a complimentary recipe book.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$276.00
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$276.00
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Private Cooking Class: Borsch & Beef Stroganoff in St Petersburg (with transfer)

Private Cooking Class: Borsch & Beef Stroganoff in St Petersburg (with transfer)

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Immerse yourself in the culinary techniques and traditions of Russian cuisine with a 3-hour private cooking class in St Petersburg. Join a skilled chef in preparing two well-known Russian dishes: beet borscht and beef stroganoff, and learn about the confluence of local cuisine and culture while preparing each dish. Afterward, sit down to enjoy the delicious fruits of your creation.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$276.00
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$276.00
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Soviet Home Cuisine

Soviet Home Cuisine

Be a guest in the warmest Soviet restaurant! Soviet Cuisine is famous throughout the world for its uniqueness and inimitable taste. We invite you to be a guest in the warmest and coziest place we’ve found in the city. You’ll taste the best Russian dishes of Soviet times and hear interesting stories about Russian cooking traditions and its connection to our history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

St.Petersburg: Meal with a Russian Family

St.Petersburg: Meal with a Russian Family

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Delve off the traditional tourist path to enjoy a truly authentic experience: dining with a local Russian family. Depart the city-center along the historic 'Road of Life' for a visit to the family home and witness first-hand how multiple generations live under one roof. Mingle with family members and tour the residence before sitting down to a meal of traditional Russian dishes. Around the table enjoy an opportunity to discuss Russian culture and daily life with your English speaking host.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$205.00
Price varies by group size
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$205.00
Price varies by group size
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