As you probably know, The Great British Bakeoff is back for another series, this time on Channel 4. The show’s presenter Paul Hollywood has visited a plethora of locations all over the world. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, he went to 47 cities filming his show Paul Hollywood – City Bakes for the Food Network.
In this blog we’ll be highlighting one of his most unusual foodie destinations, St Petersburg, and some of the best places to eat in the city. If you have a trip planned there, read on!
For traditional Russian fare Palkin offers a luxurious atmosphere. Follow in the footsteps of Dostoyevsky, Chekov and Tchaikovsky - the Palkin family’s restaurants go back to as early as 1785 and the restaurant’s location remains the same as it was in 1871. Tuck into a range of cuisines from Doe Deer and Wild Boar Dumplings, to beef stroganoff, to chateaubriand!
For a quick bite the Puff Café Restaurant offers soviet-style food which, as you can image is very simple (think pies and sandwiches). It has a central location and offers an interesting insight into what it was like to eat out in Soviet Russia.
If you’d rather not live like a Soviet, Pelemeni Bar serves the Russian delicacy Pelmeni (fried meat-filled dumplings served with sour cream). There's a variety of fillings including vegetarian options!
This Armenian restaurant is a great way to taste food from the country that is rarely found in the UK. Similar in style to Turkish cuisine, they serve dishes such as veal, harissa chicken, traditional pilaf and charcoal grilled shashliks.
If you want to taste something a little closer to home (sort of!) – plump for popular Indian restaurant Tandoor – serving all the usual dishes. Great value and tasty food, although spicy cuisine is not a big part of Russian life so locals can sometimes be wary!
So if you're looking for the best places to eat in St Petersburg, check out some of the above options during your visit.