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ulitsa Zhukovskogo (??. ??????????), 34/2, Saint Petersburg/Center
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Chinese in Saint Petersburg is often better than in most parts of Europe. This restaurant is cozy and overcrowded (show up early or late if you want to ensure that you get a table), and has an extraordinarily long and complex menu. If you have no native speaker with you, bring a food dictionary, or you will have no idea what you are ordering.

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  • Harbin Saint Petersburg/Center - Chinese in Saint Petersburg is often better than in most parts of Europe. This restaurant is cozy and overcrowded (show up early or late if you want to ensure that you get a table), and has an extraordinarily long and complex menu. If you have no native speaker with you, bring a food dictionary, or you will have no idea what you are ordering.
  • Gordon & MacPhail's Whisky Bar Saint Petersburg/Center - Lovely place where you can have a couple of whiskeys and a pint in the evening. Lots of brands and a cosy atmosphere.
  • Yolki-Palki Traktir (????-????? ???????) Saint Petersburg/Center - Has 6 restaurants in the city, mainly in the centre. Decent food with very affordable prices, smoking and non-smoking sections. Staff in some restaurants may actually serve you in English.
  • Kafe Ket Saint Petersburg/Center - Kafe Kat is a tucked into a rather unassuming location, just off Nevsky. This little restaurant serves what might be the best Georgian food in St. Petersburg. There is an English menu and the staff is friendly. RUB1500 for 2, 3 courses + beer
  • Jean Jacques Saint Petersburg/Center - Decent lower-end French cuisine. Nothing-special breakfasts: either omlet or croissant or porridge.

See and Do

  • Oktyabrskiy Big Concert Hall Saint Petersburg - For Pop and rock concerts and for performance of variety actors and also dancing and ballet collectives in an auditorium.
  • Oktyabrskiy Concert Hall Saint Petersburg/Center - Pop and rock concerts in an auditorium close to the city center.
  • Ploschad Vosstanya subway station Saint Petersburg/Center - This is a station on the Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line of Saint Petersburg Metro. It is one of the system's original stations. Made by architects Boris Zhuravlev, Ivan Fomin and VV Gankevich, built in 1955. It is a deep underground pylon station at 58m depth. The main surface vestibule is situated on Vosstaniya Square, which gives its name to the station. Another exit (opened in 1960) opens directly into the Moskovsky Rail Terminal. Ploshchad Vosstaniya is connected to the station Mayakovskaya of the Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya Line via a transfer corridor and a set of escalators.
  • Hotel Oktyabrskaya Saint Petersburg/Center - A four star hotel in a historic building. Built in the years 1851 by the architect A.P. Gemilian, the four-storey Znamenskaya hotel, was subsequently called the North, Great Northern, and after the revolution was October. It was reconstructed several times. - The hotel consists of two buildings: ?Oktiabrskiy? (Ligovskiy av., 10 - 373 rooms) and ?Ligovskiy? (Ligovskiy av., 41/83 - 111 rooms). - There are no absolutely the same rooms in the hotel. All rooms are unique and differ from each other by nuances of layout and decoration.
  • Ploschad Vosstanya Saint Petersburg/Center - Another central area of ??the city, formed by the intersection of Nevsky and Ligovsky prospects. Here stand the Soviet-era '''Hero-City of Leningrad obelisk''' (??????? ???????-????? ???????????), which hosts the Veterans Parade on every Victory Day (9 May), when the square is decorated with banners.

Local Shopping

  • Dom Knigi - A six-story building, built in 1902-1904 on the project of Paul Suzor to be the Russian headquarters of Singer sewing machines American company. Art Nouveau is not typical of the Nevsky Prospect, however it blended well into the face of St. Petersburg. It is believed that the company wanted to build a multi-story building, like its skyscraper in New York City. However, the height regulations prohibit building structures up more than 23.5 meters. The architect thus decided to build a graceful tower, crowned with a glass globe, which creates the illusion of elevation, while not overshadowing either the Kazan Cathedral or the Savior on Spilled Blood church. The sculptural decoration of the tower and the facade were created by Estonian sculptor Amandus Adamson, also worked on the design of the shop and school Eliseevsky Baron Stieglitz. Today it is the city's biggest and most important bookstore, a tourist attraction on its own right. A cafe operates on the second floor.
  • Gostiny Dvor - — The city's oldest and largest shopping centre, dating to the mid-18th century. The name means Merchant Yard, as its old role was to provide both shops and housing to merchants from far away. It sells almost everything from PlayStations to Saint Petersburg Vodka. On the north side is a decent store for second-hand photo equipment selling cameras and lenses (Nikon, Canon, Sigma etc.). The prices of goods are the highest in St.Petersburg. More see above at Saint Petersburg/Center#Along Nevsky Prospekt
  • Souvenirs Market - This market appears to have closed in Spring 2014, though there are still some souvenir stalls around the Church of the Spilt Blood
  • Apraksin Dvor - The Apraksin Market (Apraksin Dvor) is perfect for people watching, but keep your purse and camera close since it is a favorite of both shoppers and pickpockets. You can find almost anything here.
  • Pyatyorochka Grocery - This is a unit of All Russia Grocery store chain. [http://www.pyaterochka.ru/spb/shops/list/ List of Spb shops]

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