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General thoughts on St. Petersburg

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Anyone have any general thoughts on the restaurant scene in St. Petersburg? I've never been there, but it seems like there are traditional Russian places for the tourists, Sushi bars for the local hipsters, and that older people don't really go out at all. What's it really like? Also, anyone ever been to the Noble Nest?
Thanks for your insight!!

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  1. well, all of what you say is mostly true in my experience. Though the place changes SO much, it could be totally different now. (I've been going on and off for the last 5 years). Unless you are a hipster, or it is a special event, the locals tend to either stay in or grab something quick, one step up from fast food. Places where you order at the counter can actually be quite passable there. The blini stands are good lunch options, as are markets. Definately check out the Georgian food, probably the best restaurant bets. Never went inside the Noble Nest, but it always struck me as one of the places that tries too hard so that the new rich take their arm candy there.

    If its still around, the restaurant in the Astoria hotel on St Issac's Square has fantastic food. Straightforward yuppie food but good.

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