Must do’s of Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg
Let this guide be your map to the best food, attractions and shopping, as you enjoy your day strolling along Nevsky Prospekt.
When arriving in St. Petersburg, you should make your first stop the Nevsky Prospekt. This stunning 2.5 mile avenue is adorned with Russian History. Beautiful buildings, breath-taking bridges and powerful palaces become only snippets of a walk down this sight-satisfying street.
Necessities of Nevsky Prospekt
Nevsky Prospekt, meaning Nevsky avenue or street, in Russian is the main street in St. Petersburg. This street was merely a way to connect the city to Novgorod but is now a walk of wonder to visitors, demanding at least a day of your time.
You can start your walk just behind the Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky St. Petersburg Hotel. Coming up to the huge traffic circle outside the hotel you will be almost right in the middle of the street. To the left you can follow the road up across the oldest bridge on the Fontanka River to the end where you will find Palace Square. Here you are surrounded by impressive buildings including the Winter Palace, which was once the main residence of the Russian Tsars. You may also notice the giant shopping mall, Gostiny Dvor, as well as the National Russian Library and Kazan Cathedral. The walk to the right is a little less attraction heavy, but still has a few little gems to discover.
Fueling the walk
Dinner and lunch
For lunch, brunch or dinner, Marketplace has fast but fresh food, and is well located with lots of choice. Set up like a cafeteria, this busy spot is ideal for a quick lunch or afternoon bite. Have your food the way you want it. The chefs here will prepare your food as you order, meaning it is fresh and to your taste.
For bistro-style warm Russian food, try out Stolovaya. This place is loved by locals and has a great selection of warm dishes and breads.
If you want to spend a little money and really treat yourself, try the restaurant l’Europe. Being one of the best-ranked restaurants in St. Petersburg, guests get to eat like royalty in this incredible ballroom like setting. This is fine dining with entertainment, as the band plays in the background your food dances in your mouth. Try the egg-on-egg – it doesn’t disappoint.
Snacks, Cafés and Coffee
The street is scattered with cafes and coffee shops where you can stop and enjoy your favorite warm beverage. For something a little different, try the Literaturnoya Café for a coffee and cake and enjoy the historic atmosphere. The décor is dedicated to the past so you can admire its beauty as you sip away. For another well-decorated cake stop, give the Eliseyev Emporium Coffee shop a visit. This stop is delicious from beginning to end, filled with colorful treats and even brighter interior.
Palaces and places of the Prospekt
This beautiful palace was once home to the Stroganov family (yes one of your favorite beef dishes was named after them). Now it serves as an incredibly well decorated museum of fine arts. Each room is true to the décor of the time and gives a sense of the delicate detail demanded by its inhabitants. If you are after an artistic experience, you won’t want to miss a visit to this palace.
Home to the Tsars, this building is powerful and awe inspiring. Currently the Hermitage Museum, this structure houses art and exhibitions from all across the world. From the private rooms of the Russian Empresses to ancient Greek art, this museum has a collection for all history enthusiasts.
This beautiful building, currently a military college, is unfortunately almost never open to the public. However, as you stroll past you can admire the intricacy in the detail used to create this masterpiece. The building itself has no major role in Russian history but it is tribute to the careful and creative architecture of Russia.
You won’t accidentally walk past this amazing construction. The cathedral is a horseshoe encircling a large grassy sitting area, which is popular for locals and visitors to the city alike. Constructed over ten years from 1801, this stone masterpiece became a monument to Russian Victory after the defeat of Napoleon.
Shop the entire city block
Once you have seen all you can on the Nevsky Prospekt, it is time to get involved and go shopping. There are plenty of little spots to pop in and check out, but if you want a complete shopping experience, Gostiny Dvor is your first stop. This is the largest department store taking up an entire city block and is known to be one of the world’s first shopping malls. You can find almost everything in one of the 178 shops so whether you have a list or just want to browse, you won’t leave empty handed.
A walk along the Nevsky Prospekt promises to satisfy your senses from beginning to end. Eat, shop and study Russian History on this awe-inspiring avenue.