Another must-try delicacy is pirozhki; a dense kind of fried bun, which contains meat, eggs, and usually sautéed onions. Other common favourites include Russian pancakes – normally served with smoked salmon, mushrooms or condensed milk – and stroganoff – a rich and creamy mushroom and tarragon dish that can also be combined with various different meats for an even heartier flavour.
And while in Russia, you must, of course, try some of the country's finest – and probably most famous – export – vodka. The word "vodka" comes from "voda" – the Russian word for water, and in fact, the spirit was considered so essential to morale that during WWII, that each soldier was even given a vodka ration.
During your time in the magnificent St Petersburg, make sure to pay a visit to Severyanin, which specialises in a glamorous, traditional atmosphere and classic Russian cuisine. Art Lovers should try Blok, which is situated on the top floor of the Leningrad Centre and offers striking art installations and impressive chandelier.
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