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Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Non-famous sights/things to do in Saint Petersburg?

I'm spending a semester studying in Saint Petersburg, so I've already visited a lot of tourist places/places you'd typically find in a guidebook. Can anyone recommend places within the city to explore that aren't so well known? 

8 Answers

top answer by
Victoria from Riga

Have you been to Mikhaylovsky Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Opera and Ballet)? Those could be seen numerous times, especially seasons openings.

My faves are also dining at Jerome (Bolshaya Morskaya, 25, St. Petersburg),  Dostoyevsky Museum (5/2 Kuznechnyy pereulok, St. Petersburg) and this area for walking around. Tauride Garden (prospekt Chernyshevskogo & Chaykovskogo ulitsa, St. Petersburg) is also great during this time of the year.  Loft Project (Ligovskiy Prospekt, 74, St. Petersburg, entrance from the yard) is a nice hipster hangout place, that could also be visited more than once. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mikhaylovsky Theatre (attraction)
  2. Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Opera and Ballet) (attraction)
  3. Jerome (restaurant)
  4. Dostoyevsky Museum (attraction)
  5. Tauride Garden (attraction)
  6. Loft Project (attraction)
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answered by
Oleg from Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Dostoevsky walk and Griboedova channel (just walk along it, a lot of beatiful bridges, like Stone bridge) are my personal favorite.

If you go to Moika River, as Larisa suggested, don't forget to linger on the  Poceluev Bridge (aka bridge of the kisses). It's actually don't related to kisses, but to merchant with last name Poceluev, but legend still remains, that you should walk from the different ends of the bridge with your lover and meet in the middle.

You can visit New Holland Island, it was recently opened for visits.

Try to visit  Tsarskoye SeloPavlovskPeterhof Palace, it's most beautiful in the autumn.

If you looking for good music  Filarmoniya and  Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Opera and Ballet) are great place to spend some evenings.

For more authentic adventures, try to find some tours over the rooftops. They are kind of not legal, but internet can find you some “tour operators” :)

Or you can try to find the Tower of Lone Optimist.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Moika River (attraction)
  2. Poceluev Bridge (attraction)
  3. New Holland Island (attraction)
  4. Tsarskoye Selo (attraction)
  5. Pavlovsk (attraction)
  6. Peterhof Palace (attraction)
  7. Filarmoniya (attraction)
  8. Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Opera and Ballet) (attraction)
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answered by
Lyosha from Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Interesting places that may be not very popular:

Some religious sights:

I've collected all the points on a Google map for convenience:

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Yusupovsky Garden (attraction)
  2. Vitebsky Railway Station (attraction)
  3. Peter The Great (attraction)
  4. Mosaic Courtyard (attraction)
  5. Art Centre (attraction)
  6. Kunstkamera (attraction)
  7. Lopukhinsky Garden (attraction)
  8. Lenexpo (attraction)
  9. Krasny Treugolnik (attraction)
  10. St. Petersburg House of Music (attraction)
  11. Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (attraction)
  12. Trinity Cathedral (attraction)
  13. Voskresensky Novodevichy Monastery (attraction)
  14. Novodevichy Cemetery​ (attraction)
  15. Aleksandro-Nevskaya lavra (attraction)
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answered by
Eva from London

I strongly advice Erarta, a big interesting museum of contemporary Russian art. Temporary exhibitions of famous Russian photographers and artists, plus a huge museum collection with very unhackneyed and even racy artpieces. You can also eat there, not the worst cafe in town. 

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  1. Erarta (attraction)
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answered by
Aina from Singapore

Visit PMI Bar, you will get what you don't except to get from a Russian town: incredible creative molecular food & unbelievable mind-explosive  cocktails without vodka

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  1. PMI Bar (attraction)
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answered by
Larisa from Palo Alto

If you are a literature lover, go on Dostoevsky walk:

Also walk down the Moika River. You can start form Issac's square and go West. Stop by Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was killed. Naberezhnaya Reki Moyki 94

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Moika River (attraction)
  2. Yusupov Palace (attraction)
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answered by

Hey, Morgan
I dont really think some of the nightlife place you been advised here are a good option for a student. I mean you could go to some inexpensive club once in a while like MOD, but Zavist' is surely second to none in the list provided by Pham, both in terms of budget and entertainment. It awesome there but a student will wind up broke having visited it. This is a place rather for business-like men looking to chill in a luxury environment.
Frankly speaking, to a student I would suggest to explore the cultural part of the city, there's a lot to see. I bet you'll like to learn about magnificent palaces about monarchs' way of living in them, about architecture and fine arts as the city is abundant in museums and galleries. Why mnot give it a go?

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  1. Zavist' (attraction)

answered by
Pham from Massachusetts

You could also explore the nightlife of the city. There are a lot of cafes,bars and clubs. I could recommend Coffee RoomDead poets, XXXX  and XXXX, zavistbarLomonosov barMOD. If you don't know what to do - rock on!:)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Coffee Room (restaurant)
  2. Dead poets (restaurant)
  3. Lomonosov bar (restaurant)
  4. MOD (attraction)

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