St. Petersburg’s Nevsky Prospekt is an enticing hub of superlative shopping, dining and clubbing options. The epitome bloodline of the famed Russian hub is flanked by 18 and 19th century palaces, opulent mansions and cultural sites.
Nevsky Prospekt was the brainchild of Peter the Great, undoubtedly one of Russia’s most innovative leaders. This most notable avenue, as well as the entire city in fact, was built on swampland yet has defied logic; transforming into one of the most cosmopolitan and attractive cities of modern-day Russia.
For a totally mesmerising experience, book an apartment on or near Nevsky Prospekt and immerse yourself in some old-world charm, infused in an avant-garde flavour. Shop till you drop in the avenue’s designer boutiques, tour the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace for hours (or days) on end, or simply walk the entire length of Nevsky Prospekt and admire the beauty of the city’s spellbinding architecture. When you’re ready to take a break and a breather, head to one of our favourite cafés and enjoy a delicious treat and some enlightening people watching.
Café Zinger, 28 Nevsky Prospect
An unmatched trendy choice, Café Zinger reigns supreme in the refreshing scene of Nevsky Prospekt. Unique, cosy and totally captivating, this literary hang-out offers magic views of St. Petersburg’s main drag, as well as fab coffee, incredibly moorish hot chocolate and a vast array of delectable sweets. The first floor library bar is the ideal spot to savour a treat (of either kind), yet the second floor café is where the best views are to be had. Well worth waiting for a window table here; if you’re going to pay top pound for a coffee, you may as well have top views to go with it.
Terrassa Café & Restaurant, 3 Kazanskaya
Found just one block south of Nevsky Prospekt, Terrassa offers splendid city views, as well as a refreshingly modern cuisine and service deemed to be ‘very democratic’ by the owners…whatever on earth that means! The open terrace is absolutely divine, and the food rather impressive. The real winner for us was the wine list actually; if you can enjoy amazing St. Petersburg views and your favourite blend of Concha y Toro then you’re doing well. The service was indeed very democratic: fair, pleasant and totally harmless!
Coffee House, 3 Mal. Sadovaya ul.
Russia’s answer to Starbucks is very agreeable indeed, and this branch is found just three doors down the side street opposite the Nevsky Prospekt Metro station. Free Wi-Fi, an indecently huge menu of coffees, teas, frappes, iced drinks and anything else you fancy ought to satisfy anyone’s fancy. The café also offers coffee-based beers and cocktails, and is the best choice if you can’t make up your mind whether it’s a coffee shop or a pub you fancy. Chinese noodle stir fries are perfect lunch time fillers, and there are plenty of sweet treats on display too. The casual and relaxed atmosphere complements the no-fuss decor.