St. Petersburg is an intense, beautiful city that surprised us in every way: architecture, impeccable service and, of course, many new flavors. To start that day of the trip, we decided to eat a traditional “Russian donut”, the Pyshki. Despite the shape, the dough resembles more of a rain cookie – but nothing to complain about, it was delicious!
The place we choose to eat this wonder is one of the most traditional in the city and calls Pyshechnayaafter all, there they only serve sweets and coffees 😉 If you go to the city and you need a nurturing in your soul, go there because there is no mistake!
The tour followed one of the main avenues in the city: the Nevsky. The street is super wide and imposing, as are the buildings. You can’t go to St. Petersburg without going through it, because this is a “touristic” spot worth visiting. The region close to The Singer Building, one of the most famous buildings there, is beautiful to stroll through.
Our lunch was at Molokhovets dream, a restaurant beyond history. That’s because all the recipes made there are based on one of the most famous Russian cookbooks in the world, the A gift for young housewives, of Elena Molokhovets. The book is from the 19th century and is considered the guide to definitive Russian recipes (the most traditional ones are there).
The place still belongs to Elena’s family today. Unfortunately, the restaurant does not offer many vegetarian options (only 2), but you can understand by the proposal, right? I was unable to taste several dishes, but Paulo ordered the tasting menu and enjoyed it a lot. The starters, according to him, were very tasty, as well as the Duck soup, an vodka that accompanied and the dessert with red fruits. The only thing left to be desired was the traditional stroganoffafter all, the Brazilian version still wins!
Of the savory I only ate a salad and soup – but what soup, see? THE traditional mushroom soup russian with smetana it’s divine, it’s worth a try. If you are going through St. Petersburg, make a reservation in advance 😉
From there, we went to find another Brazilian who lives in the city, dear Mariana Milanid (check out her channel: Balalaika) who went to the country at the age of 17 without speaking a word in Russian! We met her at Etagi, a very modern gallery with several cool stores, exhibitions, delicious foods, good drinks (delicious “quentão”) and the best: a roof incredible <3
The tour ended after a late afternoon with a beautiful landscape and, as good tourists, we decided to stop at a souvenir shop nearby. But don’t think about those little shops cluttered with trinkets, okay? THE Tula Samovars has a wonderful selection of traditional pieces like super-decorated matrioskas.
And as every day ends with a respectful dinner, we went to eat at Koryushka. Paulo wanted to go there mainly to try the fish Koryushka that only has in St. Petersburg between April and May. He wanted it so much, but so much that he asked for the 5 versions of the fish to taste and loved it.
As you might imagine, I couldn’t resist and wanted to try the desserts…
I ordered one of the most traditional Russian sweets: the honey cake. I had already made one on the channel, but I confess that the ones there are very different! The dough is fluffy and light, the cream with smetana is surreal and the honey is really present! As a little candy (but not), I also wanted to taste a cream cheesecake it was just delicious!
Phew, a lot for one day, right? If you want to check out our complete experience just watch the vlog below! I’m sure that watching the video you will also fall in love with St. Petersburg.