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Valentines Day Options to Warm the Heart

There are many ways to declare your love in the city this Valentines Day.

Published: February 6, 2014 (Issue # 1796)



  • A romantic gesture this Valentines Day could lead to your own lock on one of St. Petersburgs bridges.
    Photo: Kevin Anderson / Flickr

  • Grand Hotel Europe pulls out all the stops with an elegant, heart-shaped bite.
    Photo: GHE / For SPT

Singles dismiss it, new couples embrace it and married men tend to forget it. Yes, we are taking about Valentines Day, where ironically the day that celebrates love is usually met with more fear and loathing than with joy.

But regardless of your feelings, the day is still fast approaching (Feb. 14 for those who need reminding) and despite the sub-zero temperatures outside, there are plenty of events throughout the city to help ignite passion or thaw any frozen hearts for both couples and singles alike. Heres our top selection to cater for all budgets and styles:

Dinner for Two

Petersburgers are spoiled for choice with most hotels and restaurants offering special Valentines Day menus next week.

Among the standouts include Grand Hotel Europes restaurants LEurope and Caviar Bar, which have set a decadent menu of red caviar, oysters, fois gras, seared yellow fin tuna and duck breast to whet your appetite. Priced at 3,500 rubles per person ($99.50), guests can also make song requests at the time of booking to later surprise their loved ones during the evening.

Be sure to also stop by the hotels Mezzanine Cafe where pastry chef Pascal Galette will be unveiling his special edition Valentines Day chocolate. The chocolate ganache is infused with French roses, imported from Grasse, before being dipped in white chocolate. These sugary delights are the perfect take-home gift to sweeten any moment.

For something more intimate, Domina Prestige Hotel offers a candlelit dinner along with live music for 2,300 rubles per person ($65). King crab with mango sauce, octopus with shiitake mushrooms, avocado and pistachio souffle along with pink mulled wine are just some of the options on the romantic evenings menu.

If youre heading down the aisle (or want to give the hint), book a table at miX at W Hotel for Elixir dAmour a Valentines Day collaboration with local designer and fashion icon, Tatyana Parfionova. Enjoy a 4-course gourmet meal designed by famed head chef Alain Ducasse while enjoying a wedding fashion show throughout the night. Tickets for the night cost 3,000 rubles per person ($85.30).

The ever-popular Buddha Bar is also a trendy option, especially for those on a first date, as its effortless style never fails to impress. For Valentines Day, the restaurant has invited special guest DJ Lana Kenoby to help set the right mood at the tableand at the bar for those who are confident enough that their moves are more asset than hindrance in their efforts to impress.

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Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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