“If you really want to get together with nature, but at the same time there is no way to leave St. Petersburg, go to one of the greenest areas of the city – to Krestovsky Island. And then, after a lot of walking around, settle down in the Royal Beach original cuisine scenic restaurant.”
On May 1, the season of summer cafes and open verandas started in St. Petersburg. They are as adored by tourists as they are by locals. Indeed, there is no desire to sit in a stuffy room when it is already too hot outside. And even if the changing weather suddenly brings a little summer rain, you can wait it out on a covered terrace. It is not surprising that the summer extension on average increases the profit of restaurateurs by 50 percent.
At the same time, purely seasonal, temporary catering points with plastic tables are out of favour nowadays. This is also indicated by the figures – this year the Committee of Property Agreements concluded only 23 agreements for such stand-alone “one-use” cafes. For comparison, 293 contracts were concluded for summer terraces and verandas adjacent to stationary restaurants.
It is pleasing to see the choice of verandas become more diverse every year. You can see the city from a bird's eye view, you can find a “vintage” veranda. And the prices in such public places suit, in principle, every budget; there are even very inexpensive options. By the way, summer verandas in the city center are in great demand during big holidays, when fireworks are thundering over the city, a colorful parade is taking place on the streets, and artists are performing on the stage. But on such days, places need to be reserved in advance.
When choosing a veranda, listen to our tips so that outdoor recreation does not disappoint you. First, pay attention to whether chairs, tables and umbrellas are fixed, otherwise they will be blown away by the first gust of wind. Secondly, look at the cleanliness of the equipment (in a good public place, it is monitored even on the veranda) and its safety – there should be no sharp edges and wooden notches. And thirdly, you should not sit at tables that are too close to the sidewalk edge. If restaurateurs left only a narrow path for pedestrians to pass, then they violate the rules. To you this may be all the same, but, most likely, sitting in this cafe you will hear a lot of unpleasant words that passers-by address to the owners of the public place and – just along for the ride – its visitors.
But in fact, the vast majority of St. Petersburg restaurateurs abide the law. And choosing the best from the many verandas is quite challenging indeed.
Komsomolskaya Pravda presents a selection of its favorite summer terraces where you can relax in comfort.
If you really want to get together with nature, but at the same time there is no way to leave St. Petersburg, go to one of the greenest areas of the city – to Krestovsky Island. And then, after a lot of walking around, settle down in the Royal Beach original cuisine scenic restaurant. This public place has its own spacious territory on the coast of the Gulf of Finland – it occupies a worthy place in the top of the most beautiful lounge areas of the city. Lunch with a view of the Malaya Neva delta and the Gulf of Finland is food for the soul.
And “food for the body” is not far behind. Local menu hits: black tuna with curry pudding, carrot salad with pumpkin Parmentier, sous-vide salmon in Asian sauce, lamb shank stewed on dark beer, monk fish with spicy ptitim. And last year the Honey Cone dessert was recognized as one of the best in the professional competition of hotels and restaurants.