The best cafes to take in the views of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is made for taking in the refined views, and thankfully, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy both the cuisine and the lovely surroundings. All of them, perhaps with the exception of Zinger Cafe, are budget friendly.

Schastie

Schastie means happiness in Russian, and there’s no better word to describe the feeling that will fill you when you find yourself on the terrace or by a panoramic window, with a view of the magnificent Isaakievsky Cathedral, and people watching and enjoying the sun. With a glass of wine, a cup of coffee or an excellent meal – Schastie has a great reputation for its delicious food among the locals, not just the astounding views.

Forno Bravo

An awesome pizzeria with handmade pizza (real Italian cheeses used), from a wood-fired oven and craft beer, including local varieties. Democratic and very authentically Italian on the inside, with a lovely view of the refined modernist Kamennostrovsky Prospekt. Often packed, but absolutely worth a trip.

Ya lublyu

Ya lublyu means ‘I love…’ in Russian. This is the highest panoramic restaurant in St. Petersburg’s center at 60 meters above ground. A very romantic place with magical views at any time of day and any season. Spacious and respectable, with comfortable couches and a friendly attitude. Quality European food at reasonable prices.

Civil Books Coffee and Wine

There’s something special in enjoying a meal by the water, relaxing in a 17th-century armchair to the sound of the water floating by. This new coffee shop is located on the second floor of the upbeat creative space Golitsyn Loft, with other cafes and shops strewn through the historic building. This bohemian venue offers breakfast all day, books to browse, wine and coffee – along with a breathtaking view of the Fontanka river and the Mikhailovski Palace.

Zinger

Part of the second floor of the preeminent historical bookstore in the city, Dom Knigi, is taken up by the Zinger café. Great coffee to keep you going against the background of panoramic views of the Kazansky Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt, and a perfect stop on your city tour. The menu offers Russian and European dishes. It’s a bit pricey, but given the view, worth a drop by, at least for a cup of coffee. Check out the book and souvenir selection in the bookstore in the building!

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