Never been in any Russian bakeries and cafes before? Love sweets? If so, you gotta try our delicious Russian pie in one of the many Russian cafes in the city.
St. Petersburg Russia is known all over the world for its wonderful rivers and canals, beautiful parks and interesting museums, nowadays it is known even for its diverse international culinary scene... but there is even more than that. In fact, the city offers also spectacular Russian-inspired French pastries and tasty Russian cakes that will lure any sweet-lover.
Nearly everyone can identify traditional Russian dishes such as Borshch, Beef Stroganoff, or Schi.
What people don't know is that this healthy type of food is supplemented by a variety of Russian sweets prepared according to old soviet recipes. You can try some of them in Russian restaurants, or much better, taste them all in one of the many Russian bakeries and cafes located on the famous Nevsky Prospekt avenue in the city center.
Maybe the coffee or cappuccino won't be as good as in Italy or France, but for sure all the Russian sweets, such as sweet pies, Pyshki, Tula, gingerbread, Ptichie Moloko, Chak-Chak and Syrniki - the list is long - will exceed your palate expectation.
So, if you got a sweet tooth, then check out our picking list of Russian bakeries and cafes in St. Petersburg and enjoy the wide selection of irresistible treats. We bet you will eat with your eyes as soon as you step in!☺
Hungry? If so, choose a place where to go from our list below of the best Russian bakeries and cafes in the city.
Address: Bolshaya Konyushennaya St. 25 | St Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 812/ 314-08-68
Legendary Russian doughnuts, Cheap, Traditional recipes & methods!
The oldest cafeteria and the best Pishki - classic Russian doughnuts – place in Saint Petersburg, Cafe Pyshechnaya is the epitome of a Soviet café. Since the 1960s, the most renowned of Russian bakeries and cafes has retained all of its ancient trappings. You can flip through the short menus selling only doughnuts and coffee, take in the sparse Leningrad décor which only allows standing room, and watch as your Pishki is baked using traditional Soviet-era equipment. With a generous helping costing 100 to 150Rubles (less than one dollar), be prepared to wait in long queues for the little delectable.
Address: Nevsky Prospekt, 28 | St. Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 812/571-82-23
Great views, International and Russian pastries, Cozy atmosphere!
If you are an avid reader paying a visit to the Dom Knigi bookstore near the historic Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, stop on the second floor to sample some of the delightful Russian and European cakes and pastries in Café Singer’s large breakfast menu. The décor is artistic yet warm, perfect for resting one’s feet after a day around our Venice of the North. If the Danish pastries or American pancakes don’t take your fancy, the bakery also offers sweet Russian blinis and curd fritters that will whet your appetite for more.
Address: Vosstaniya Street, 32 | St. Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 812/327-82-84
Traditional Russian pie-chain, 12 cafes around the city!
Considered the best of the Russian bakeries and cafes in Russia’s Northern Capital to savour some lip-smacking traditional yet affordable Russian pies, a Stolle bakery-cum-café can be found almost anywhere along Saint Petersburg’s historic paths. Finding an outlet won’t be an issue, but picking which pie from the dozens that are on display, all piping hot goodness, will be. Soak in the 20th-century interiors while you choose between savoury, sweet and small pies filled with chicken, rabbit, salmon, green onion, mushroom, apricot, cranberry, cherry, lingonberry and even pigs in a blanket.
Address: Nevsky Prospekt, 44 | St. Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 812/333-40-51
Pastry warehouse and confectionery shop, Special cakes!
Sever cafe has more than a century of history behind the baking business, and as a result, its St. Petersburg shop sends many satisfied visitors to the nearby foundry and supermarket for some cakes, pies, desserts, ice-cream, cookies, rolls and muffins to take home. You can also order special cakes the way you like them from the tearoom’s very own pastry chef. Choose from the many iconic cake designs such as White Night, Slavic, Aurora, North, Leningrad, and Neva that recreate the best of Russian cuisine, or pick a classic strudel and cheesecake.
Address: Rubinshteyna Street, 27 | St. Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 812/416-14-16
Large sandwiches, Russian pastries, German coffeehouse!
Named after one of Berlin’s cultural districts, this Germanic coffee houses is one of the more unique Russian bakeries and cafes for its successful melding of the bar, coffee house, and tearoom areas. Tourists are tempted into its cozy yet simple interior by the coffee aromas wafting out through the open windows in the day, while locals relax at Mitte Cafe in the evenings for a light dinner with wine. Don’t miss out on its delicious take on Russian dishes like crunchy waffles and apple muffins as well as massive yet affordable sandwiches.
Address: Nevsky Prospekt, 15 | St. Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 981/728-23-36
French & Russian pastries, healthy food!
Better known as Volkonskiy to the locals of the Imperial City, this massive pastry chain is for the health-obsessed. Its modern, wooden paneled bakery uses whole grain bread, natural ingredients, and ancient recipes to create dozens of French and Russian dishes daily. You can pick from the bread of the day, various chocolates and pastries in the bakery, or even the offer of the month by the café’s pastry chef, award-winning French chef Laurent Bourcier. For the sweet-toothed, candies, various jams, tarts, and cupcakes are in store; while ravenous children can choose one of the hot dishes available.
Address: Vosstaniya Street, 10 and Novatorov Boulevard, 11/2 (shopping center "Frantsuzskiy Bul" | St. Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 812/273-74-59
Airy atmosphere, Delicious croissants, Customizable cakes!
Its modern airy design greets visitors and leads to longer stays, but you may want to check out each individual Bushe café as all the designs differ. Of the many Russian bakeries and cafes in Saint Petersburg, this bakery brand is known for producing the sweetest croissants and cakes to order. Even its milkshakes, coffee, cocoa drinks, and tea selections are specially tailored to enhance the pastry tasting experience. Try out the different types of bread and fruity flavors for more variety of flavors. This is one of the most popular Russian bakeries in the city, and one of our favorites!☺
Address: Nevsky Prospekt, 114 | St. Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 812/677-71-10
French patisserie, Desserts and cuisine, Wooden interiors!
Named after the eponymous French confectioner Michel Galloyer, Michel’s Bakery evokes the classic interiors of spacious, brightly lit, and airy patisseries of Paris, right in the heart of the city of St Petersburg. The wooden theme extends through both floors of the bakery, and you can sit on the upper balcony watching an assortment of baguettes, éclairs and macaroons as well as iconic lemon pie meringue being prepared. Even French dishes like baked mussels and julienne chicken with mushrooms can be paired easily with Michel’s wide range of desserts.
Address: Nevsky Prospekt, 103 | St. Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 812/717-07-28
French bakery and pastry chef, Wide variety of desserts!
In the vibrant St Petersburg dining scene, one bakery chain that mirrors the authentic French boulangerie and stands out from other Russian bakeries and cafes is Garcon Bakery. It also has a sister patisserie and bistro, both continuing the Parisian look and feel. You can sit in the patio chairs outside or take in the café ambiance inside while waiting for your piping hot quiche, croissant, French hot-dogs, cakes or sweets – all whipped up by French pastry chef Gerard Prud-home - to go, or enjoy over a light lunch with friends.
Address: Mokhovaya Street, 46 | St. Petersburg, RU | Phone: (+7) 812/272-83-20
Affordable breakfast spreads, Great sidewalk views!
A sidewalk cafe, bakery, and restaurant chain, Bizet aim to emulate the small home bakeries of France by baking bread fresh in the morning for the Saint Petersburg breakfast crowd. Besides alfresco dining on the historic paths, you can rest in the cozy interiors, with wicker chairs, low-hanging lights, and cushy couches – perfect for enjoying live music. The cakes to order are varied, with gluten-free and vegetarian options in addition to their sweet Pavlova, Smetannikov, and Apelsinnik offerings. If you fancy fuller meals, choose from salads, snacks, and omelets for breakfast.
Tip: Keep in mind that many of the city's Russian bakeries and cafes are not touristy places, so don't expect people there to speak English or being very welcoming. Also, some of them are chain cafeterias, so they are easy to find everywhere in the city. Lastly, booking in advance is no required!
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