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- Hotel Astoria – Luxury, charm and great location near St Issac’s Square
- Grand Hotel Europe – Luxury, old world charm, great location and expensive
- Angleterre Hotel – from the same people who own the Astoria
- Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 – renovated mansion looks over the Hermitage and the river
DESTINATIONS AND TOUR GUIDES
- St Petersburg.com (what to see and do)
- Yusupov Palace
- Church on Spilled Blood
- St Peter and Paul Cathedral
- St Issac’s Cathedral
- Tsarskoye Selo /Catherine’s Palace
FOOD AND RESTAURANTS
I am a classicist when it comes to food. Yes, there are lots of nouvelle style restaurants in Russia and the influx of International cooking has hit the cities, but I prefer to eat good old Russian classics like Piroghi (dumplings filled with cabbage, eggs, meat, mushrooms and potato), Piroshki (small bread pies filled with meat and vegetables), Pirog (large pies savory or sweet), Borscht (beet soup), Shchi (sour cabbage soup), Beef stroganoff (braised beef with carrots, potatoes and noodles), Veal Orlov (braised veal with mushrooms, onions and bechamel sauce), Smoked fish, Caviar (beluga and sevruga) and Blinis, Roast duck with apples or cherries, Kasha (buckwheat groats), Knish (potato dumpling), and Sirniki (fried pancakes of cottage cheese, eggs and flour).
Drinking in Russia is dominated by Vodka but there are quite a few beers and imported wine. Restaurants also offer Kvass (a dark drink made from fermented black bread) and Medovukha (a meade like fermented honey drink)