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3 Days in St. Petersburg

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Three days make for a perfect weekend in St. Petersburg, giving you enough time to visit major attractions and even travel outside the city. This guide will help you to enjoy not only the city's most famous sights, but also some of the best hidden gems nestled away in this "Northern Venice."

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

16 Places

3 City Tips

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16 Places

Day 1

The State Hermitage Museum

Art Museums

The General Staff Building

Historic Sites

Faberge Museum

Speciality Museums

Clean Plates Society

Restaurants

State Russian Museum

Speciality Museums

Bureau Burgers and Bar

Restaurants

Day 2

Peterhof Grand Palace

Art Museums, Architectural Buildings, History Museums

Museum of Peter I Palace In Strelna

Speciality Museums

The National Congress Palace (Constantine Palace)

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas

Meatarea Chuck

Restaurants

Le Boat

Restaurants

Day 3

Coffee Bar Bonch

Restaurants

Vladimir Nabokov Museum

History Museums

Kroo Cafe

Restaurants

Dostoevsky Museum

Speciality Museums

Vinny Shkaf

Restaurants

Artem M's City Tips

  • The weather in the city is often windy and chilly, so make sure you carry extra layers with you.
  • Discover new means of transport: Besides the efficient metro, buses, and river boats, there is a famous tram (#36) which runs to Strelna and its palaces and museums.
  • Look for Chizhyk-Pyzhik, the smallest statue of the city; tradition says that tossing a coin so that it stays on the statue (not in the water) brings good luck.
    Day 1
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    The State Hermitage Museum
    Art Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    Even if you only had only one day in St. Petersburg, you simply mustn't miss the State Hermitage Museum. Started when Empress Catherine the Great purchased 255 paintings from Berlin in 1764, the collection now contains more than 2.7 million pieces, include many works that Catherine bought in Europe through her French art adviser, Denis Diderot.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are two strategies for visiting the museum: Focus on what would be most interesting to you, or relax and simply stroll through the marvelous halls of the palace.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 1,969 things to do in St. Petersburg
    • Wonderful - shame about the Chinese tourists 23/09/2018
    • Great in all ways 22/09/2018
    • The State Hermitage Museum
    Address:
    Dvortsovaya Sq., 2
    St. Petersburg 191055
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 710-90-79
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:30 - 18:00
    Wed
    00:00 - 23:59
    Thu
    10:30 - 18:00
    Fri - Sun
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    The General Staff Building
    Historic Sites
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    Artem M Says:

    A welcome addition to the Hermitage Museum, the General Staff Building showcases an interesting collection of modern art. The inner courtyard, covered with a glass roof, is also an absolute blockbuster setting for souvenir photo shoots.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Renovations are ongoing, so check online to see which areas/buildings are currently open to the public.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 1,969 things to do in St. Petersburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous collection of French paintings 19/09/2018
    • Fabulous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art 17/09/2018
    • The General Staff Building
    Address:
    Dvortsovaya Sq., 6-10
    St. Petersburg
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 710-90-79
    Other:
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    Faberge Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    This magnificent museum has the distinctions of being Russia's first privately owned museum and of holding one of the foremost collections of Faberge in the world. The famed Imperial Eggs, designed by jeweler to the tsars Carl Faberge, were scattered around the world after the 1918 revolution, and now the Faberge Museum plays another significant role in history: repatriating Russia's national art and bringing treasures — including several Faberge eggs, as well as items by Fyodor Rückert and others — back to Russia. In addition to the unique collection, the Faberge Museum's interior decor is impressive — it's a great museum in which to feel nostalgic about the age of the last Romanovs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • From 10am-6pm, visits are by guided tour only; you may explore the collection on your own from 6-8:45pm.
    • The museum is located in the Shuvalov Palace, a rare example of a palace belonging to a non-royal person.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 1,969 things to do in St. Petersburg
    • Feast for the eye 21/09/2018
    • Small museum with beautiful artifacts 21/09/2018
    • Faberge Museum
    Address:
    Fontanka River Emb., 21
    St. Petersburg 191011
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 333-26-55
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Clean Plates Society
    Restaurants (Bar, Cafe, European, Central European, Contemporary)
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    Artem M Says:

    A fun and delicious place for lunch (or dinner) during your museum-visit marathon, Clean Plates Society was one of the first 'new wave' restaurants in St. Petersburg. And it still remains a cool place to visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you feel like a tipple, I suggest you order the local special: "Duchess Pear" bootleg.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #138 of 7,322 restaurants in St. Petersburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Recommended! Good value, excellent food. 16/09/2018
    • Fabulous find 14/09/2018
    • Clean Plates Society
    Address:
    Gorokhovaya ulitsa, house 13
    St. Petersburg 190000
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 934-97-64
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    State Russian Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    This former palace of Emperor Pavel's son, the great Prince Mikhail Pavlovich, now holds an impressive collection of Russian art, which is considered to be one of the most important in the world. Originally the collection was amassed by the imperial family, with some of its major pieces coming through The Academy of Arts.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Marble Palace, the museum's second building, is entirely devoted to contemporary art.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 1,969 things to do in St. Petersburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking art work 23/09/2018
    • Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Castle, Marble Palace... All is one 21/09/2018
    • State Russian Museum
    Address:
    Inzhenernaya St., 4
    Metro: Gostiny Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt
    St. Petersburg 191011
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 595-42-48
    Hours:
    Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    13:00 - 21:00
    Fri - Mon
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Bureau Burgers and Bar
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Cafe, Fast food, European)
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    Artem M Says:

    By the end of your first day in St. Petersburg, you will really be in need of sustenance — and little is a better (or tastier) please-all than a good burger. At this simple-yet-delicious eatery, you can construct your own perfect burger, using the 'constructor' menu to pick the type of bun, meat, and, of course, all the toppings.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There is also a standard menu with soups and salads.
    • Apart from burgers, the place is famous for its cocktails.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #316 of 7,322 restaurants in St. Petersburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food, great place 29/06/2018
    • A friendly burger place 16/06/2018
    • Bureau Burgers and Bar
    Address:
    Zhukovskogo St, 29
    St. Petersburg 197046
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 921 940-30-08
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 01:00
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 03:00
    Sat
    13:00 - 03:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Peterhof Grand Palace
    Art Museums, Architectural Buildings, History Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    Peterhof, and its Grand Palace, is a worthy and iconic tourist attraction — famous especially for its Grand Cascade of fountains. But I would pay particular attention to the smaller palaces that Peter the Great commissioned at his 'Russian Versailles.' Among my favorites are 'Mon Plaisir' and 'The Hermitage Pavilion,' where the table was lifted through the floor to amuse important guests.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Historically, the most authentic way to get to the Peterhof is by boat.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 65 things to do in Peterhof
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful - shame about the Chinese tourists 23/09/2018
    • Wonderful Tour 22/09/2018
    • Peterhof Grand Palace
    Address:
    Razvodnaya St., 2
    Peterhof, St. Petersburg 198516
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 450-52-87
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 19:00
    Tue - Fri
    09:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Museum of Peter I Palace In Strelna
    Speciality Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    This very modest house (barely a palace really), once served as home to Peter The Great. The museum has a very homey feel to it, and its displays provide an interesting insight into Peter's everyday life.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • I strongly recommend getting a personal guide — you'll get to know the first Russian emperor better.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Strelna
    • What a beautiful Palace with the most beautiful grounds 01/09/2015
    • Интересно, познавательно, дорого ))) 04/09/2018
    • Museum of Peter I Palace In Strelna
    Address:
    Bolnichnaya Gorka St., 2
    Strelna, St. Petersburg 198515
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 421-41-31
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    The National Congress Palace (Constantine Palace)
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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    Artem M Says:

    The National Congress Palace was once the private residence of the great Prince Konstantin, who abdicated in favor of his brother Nikolay I. Today, it is owned by the Presidential Administration. Don't miss the chance to see the entire art collection of Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya, which was bought at auction and granted to the palace in 2008.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A unique tram route (#36), runs here from St. Petersburg's center. It was the first electrical tram line in the Russian Empire.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Strelna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit if you can! It's the site of world shaping events and is Vladimir Putin's "summer White House" 22/01/2018
    • Worth visiting for one item alone... 08/03/2017
    • The National Congress Palace (Constantine Palace)
    Address:
    Beryozovaya Alley, 3
    Strelna, St. Petersburg 198515
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 438-53-60
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Meatarea Chuck
    Restaurants (American, Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue, European)
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    Artem M Says:

    When you've had your fill of royal palaces, it's time to fill-up on great steak instead. A simple, no-frills eatery, Meatarea CHUCK is small, democratic, and a good example of how perfect steak can be done well on a budget.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Just so you know the type of experience to prepare yourself for, shots here comes in sets of five!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 7,322 restaurants in St. Petersburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A true steak house! 21/09/2018
    • Fine steak 10/09/2018
    • Meatarea Chuck
    Address:
    Gorokhovaya St., 41
    St. Petersburg 190031
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 921 584-93-94
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Tue
    15:00 - 00:00
    Wed - Thu
    13:00 - 01:00
    Fri - Sat
    13:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Le Boat
    Restaurants (International, European, Fusion, Russian)
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    Artem M Says:

    Le Boat is a fine restaurant choice for a more luxurious dinner. While the menu here may be a bit pricey, the gourmet cuisine and elegant interiors are worth it — especially after visiting so many sumptuous palaces.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Ever had a hankering for a beaver fillet? You've come to the right place!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Very nice and adequate place 16/09/2016
    • Excellent a-z 13/04/2016
    • Le Boat
    Address:
    Sinopskaya nab. 22
    St. Petersburg 191167
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 640-26-40
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$59
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Coffee Bar Bonch
    Restaurants (Cafe, European)
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    Artem M Says:

    Just the right place to start the day, Coffee Bar Bonch serves up coffee that comes directly from the farmers, and that is roasted in Saint Petersburg. It's a favorite among locals, including students at the Bonch-Bruevich University, who come here for a top-notch caffeine fix.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Apart from beautiful, minimalist interior design, the place is very centrally located, making it a convenient stop at any time of the day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #167 of 7,322 restaurants in St. Petersburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice and cozy 19/09/2018
    • Nice café with good food 01/09/2018
    • Coffee Bar Bonch
    Address:
    Bolshaya Morskaya St., 16
    St. Petersburg 191186
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 931 356-34-01
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$15
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 23:00
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Vladimir Nabokov Museum
    History Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    The Vladimir Nabokov Museum occupies the ground floor of the building where the writer himself lived for many years. Among its authentic historical interiors are a dining room, a family room, and a library. The place is magical, and its atmosphere transports you straight back to the era of Nabokov's life.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The house was described in detail in the novel "Other Shores."
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #226 of 1,969 things to do in St. Petersburg
    • Entry is free 30/07/2016
    • Very nice house-museum of the great russian and world writer 23/06/2016
    • Vladimir Nabokov Museum
    Address:
    Bolshaya Morskaya St., 47
    St. Petersburg 190000
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 315-47-13
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    11:00 - 18:00
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Kroo Cafe
    Restaurants (French, Cafe, European, Central European, Russian)
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    Artem M Says:

    Kroo Cafe has the perfect ingredients for a memorable meal in St. Petersburg: In addition to an authentic French chef and great design, the owner, Violetta Kroo, often greets guests personally at the entrance.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The menu is a bit pricey (even for Saint Petersburg).
    • Pay attention to the vitrine with locally made desserts. They are fresh and each tastes like heaven.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #265 of 7,322 restaurants in St. Petersburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A nice surprise 25/08/2018
    • Nice Place for Lunch 23/02/2018
    • Kroo Cafe
    Address:
    Suvorovskiy pr-kt 27/9th, Sovetskaya St. 11
    St. Petersburg 195252
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 906 273-11-11
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$26
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Thu
    08:00 - 00:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 01:00
    Sat
    09:30 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Dostoevsky Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Artem M Says:

    Through his works, Dostoevsky created the predominant public image of the city: depressing and dangerous in places, and cold and arrogant towards the ordinary man. That image is still commonly held today, and the Dostoevsky Museum sheds light on the author's inspiration, for both the atmosphere and the characters he created.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The most inspired museum guides ever work here! Be sure to book a tour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #91 of 1,969 things to do in St. Petersburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I'm amazed 16/08/2018
    • What an Ambiance! 07/08/2018
    • Dostoevsky Museum
    Address:
    5/2 Kuznechny Pereulok
    Metro Vladimirskaya
    St. Petersburg 191002
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 812 571-40-31
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Tue
    11:00 - 17:30
    Wed
    13:00 - 19:30
    Thu - Sun
    11:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Vinny Shkaf
    Restaurants (Wine Bar, Russian, European)
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    Artem M Says:

    Vinnyy Shkaf is a great place for a relaxing, convivial dinner. The tasty wines offered here come from small, mostly family-run, local wineries, and the owners, who work in the hall themselves, are keen to chat about wine with their guests.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The restaurant has a great variety of Russian wine, which in my opinion, might compete with some European grapes!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #206 of 7,322 restaurants in St. Petersburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent food and wine! 02/07/2018
    • Excellent! 28/06/2018
    • Vinny Shkaf
    Address:
    Rubinshteina St., 9/3
    St. Petersburg
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 921 932-90-74
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$10
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    17:00 - 23:00
    Sat - Sun
    14:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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