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Learn about Russian cuisine—heavy on meat, potatoes, and bread—and you’ll soak up Russian culture and history too. Here are a few ideas for food tours in St. Petersburg, whether a private cooking class or a taste of traditional Russian dishes.

Must-Try Dishes
Thin pancakes known as blini are found across Russia and are often topped with butter, sour cream, or fruit preserves. A favorite during New Year’s celebrations, Olivier salad is a mix of mayonnaise and chopped potatoes, carrots, pickles, peas, and ham. Beef stroganoff may be a bit different than what you picture; in Russia, it’s made of lightly floured beef cubes with a sauce of mustard and bouillon topped off with sour cream. Another must-try of Ukrainian origin is borscht, a beet soup with vegetables and meat with  sour cream on top. Wash it all down with some Russian vodka.

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  • Get off the typical tourist path and share a traditional meal with a local St. Petersburg family.
  • Take a private tour and cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional Russian food.
  • Enjoy a traditional Russian dance and musical performance while sampling authentic Russian cuisine.
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Matryoshka Painting class with traditional tea Ceremony

Matryoshka Painting class with traditional tea Ceremony

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Paint your own matryoshka doll under the guidance of a professional artist. Enjoy a fun endeavor with the entire family: paint matryoshka dolls - or Russian nesting dolls - to take home as souvenirs. Receive tips from a professional artist before setting to work on your own unique creation in the comfort of our studio. Wet nasty autumn came in St. Petersburg, it rains on the street, but we spend wonderful time in a cozy and warm studio! Let's drink hot tea with Russian pies while your matryoshkas are drying! Treat your kids and family to an exciting hands-on experience! This family-friendly activity includes 3 hours with a professional artist, blank matryoshka dolls (1 per person), acrylic paint, and all other necessary items.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$41,03
From
US$41,03

COOK&EAT - Dumplings class

COOK&EAT - Dumplings class

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Unique COOK&EAT experience in the city center. PELMENI party in my own old apartment and be sure it will be fun and tasty!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$61,54
From
US$61,54

Private Cooking Class: Borsch & Beef Stroganoff in St Petersburg (with transfer)

Private Cooking Class: Borsch & Beef Stroganoff in St Petersburg (with transfer)

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Immerse yourself in the culinary techniques and traditions of Russian cuisine with a 3-hour private cooking class in St Petersburg. Join a skilled chef in preparing two well-known Russian dishes: beet borscht and beef stroganoff, and learn about the confluence of local cuisine and culture while preparing each dish. Afterward, sit down to enjoy the delicious fruits of your creation.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$276,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$276,00
Price varies by group size
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Russian Cuisine Workshop - Cooking dishes with the chef

Russian Cuisine Workshop - Cooking dishes with the chef

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A great way to explore a culture is to learn about its food. In this Russian cooking workshop you’ll get the chance to try new cooking techniques, find out more about traditional Russian food, and eat your delicious creations afterwards. Try authentic Russian food unlike what you’d find in most touristy restaurants, and learn how to recreate them at home afterwards.
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  • 2 hours
From
US$225,65
Price varies by group size
From
US$225,65
Price varies by group size

Russian Food Cooking in St Petersburg with Local Family

Russian Food Cooking in St Petersburg with Local Family

Go beyond just eating in local restaurants in St. Petersburg with this hands-on cooking class. Focus on traditional Russian foods and how to prepare them, including soup, a main course, and drinks. This family-friendly course is suitable for cooks of all levels and winds up with a sit-down meal of all the foods you’ve made.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$87,18
From
US$87,18
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Private Cooking Class: Hands-on Siberian Pelmeni Making Workshop

Private Cooking Class: Hands-on Siberian Pelmeni Making Workshop

Don’t just eat Siberian pelmeni—meat dumplings— at St. Petersburg’s restaurants: learn to make them and other Russian classics at a private cookery workshop. Get the inside scoop on the dishes via step-by-step demos from restaurant chefs, and create a 3-course meal, including pelmeni, borsch soup, and meat-and-vegetable Stolichny salad. Savor your creations with wine, receive take-home recipes to impress back home, and opt to add hotel transfers (additional cost).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$188,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$188,00
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour: Siberian Pelmeni Cooking Class in St.Petersburg

Private Tour: Siberian Pelmeni Cooking Class in St.Petersburg

Learn how to recreate some of Russia's most mouthwatering traditional dishes during a 3-hour St Petersburg cooking class. Master traditional techniques taught by experienced chefs while preparing such dishes as Russian borsch, Stolichny salad and Siberian Pelmeni—delectable meat-filled dumplings that are the perfect accompaniment for a cold winter's night. Then sit down to enjoy your creations and leave with a complimentary recipe book.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$276,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$276,00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Tour: Russian Cooking Class in St Petersburg

Private Tour: Russian Cooking Class in St Petersburg

Pleasure your palate with the fulfilling flavors of Russian cuisine during a private cooking class in St. Petersburg. Select a time to suit your schedule and greet your private guide to begin discovering the secrets behind Russia’s culinary culture. Under the guidance of an expert chef, prepare signature Russian dishes like ‘borsch’ (beetroot soup) and beef stroganoff while listening to the country’s fascinating culinary history. When the food is ready, take a seat to feast on the fruits of your labor and sip a glass of cranberry ‘mors’ like a local.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$150,27
Price varies by group size
From
US$150,27
Price varies by group size

Private Cooking Class: Russian traditional Blini with red caviar and Shchi in pipkin

Private Cooking Class: Russian traditional Blini with red caviar and Shchi in pipkin

Prepare a trio of traditional Russian dishes during a private cooking class in St Petersburg. This 3-hour hands-on class focuses on local culinary heritage, providing you the techniques and ingredients needed to make Shchi cabbage soup cooked in a pipkin pot, delectable Siberian Pelmeni or dumplings and Russian Blini served with red salmon caviar—a popular dish among tsars. Learn facts about each dish and its origins as you go, then sit down to enjoy your well-earned gastronomic feast with friends.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$1 113,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$1 113,00
Price varies by group size
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 Russian traditional dishes cooking master class

Russian traditional dishes cooking master class

Russian traditional dishes cooking master class. What will you do? Russian local chef will teach you how to cook two of Russian favorite dishes-Borsch and Pelmeni. Borsch – Борщ - is one of the most famous Russian soups. It’s made out of beetroot, onion, carrots, potatoes, sometimes meat or fish and cabbage as well.The taste of Russian red borsch you will remember for a long time. Pelmeni-Пельмени(Russian dumplings) are one of the most popular and frequently eaten by Russians. Meat dumplings or “pelmeni” is a traditional Russian cuisine dish. These are little boiled pieces of unleavened dough filled with minced meat. Meat dumplings are especially tasty with sour cream or mayonnaise, and also with ground black pepper and grated cheese, parsley and butter. The chef will show you step by step how to cook these two very simple and delicious dishes. Thanks to this master class, you can surprise your relatives and friends with Russian cuisine.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$507,70
per group
From
US$507,70
per group

Dumplings cooking class in St Petersburg

Dumplings cooking class in St Petersburg

Things to do in Saint Petersburg: Suburbs and Amber room ✓ Hermitage ✓ Cathedrals ✓ Nevsky prospect ✓ But what about the real taste of Russia? All that famous vodka and «pelmeni»? We have a perfect suggestion for you! On our cooking class you will meet the real chef who will discover the secret of perfect Russian dumplings accompanied by a shot of icy vodka and fresh Mors (cranberry juice), our local guide will tell you many interesting stories about Russian culture, traditions and cuisine. You will make and try your first pelmeni in Russia with us. It’s a lifetime culinary journey.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$86,58
Price varies by group size
From
US$86,58
Price varies by group size

Private Cooking Class: Borsch and Beef Stroganoff

Private Cooking Class: Borsch and Beef Stroganoff

Attend a cooking lesson on the preparation of Borsch and Beef Stroganoff, which takes place in one of the restaurants in the center of St. Petersburg under the guidance of a professional chef (speaks good English).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$250,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$250,00
Price varies by group size
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Borscht and cabbage pie cooking class and dinner for small private groups

Borscht and cabbage pie cooking class and dinner for small private groups

Let Elena teach you how to make traditional Russian Borscht soup, followed by classic cabbage pie. You'll enjoy your creations together after the class and can take the recipes home! • Learn how to make Borscht and cabbage pie from scratch using organic produce, then enjoy them for dinner • Wine, spirits, tea, and coffee are included • The apartment is in the traditional St.Petersburg style, with high ceilings and elements of the original decor. Dinner is served in a large dining room with XIX century furniture and art • Elena is a Russian-English translator and a former tour guide • This experience is bookable as a private event only
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$106,11
From
US$106,11
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Caviar master class in St. Petersburg at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Caviar master class in St. Petersburg at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

You will get acquainted with the amazing history of Russian "black gold" - caviar, which a few centuries ago was the poor people's food. You will get acquainted with 15 types of caviar, including beluga and unpasteurized sturgeon. You will learn how to prepare caviar for serving and how to choose drinks to create a gastronomic pair.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$71,00
per group
From
US$71,00
per group

Private Cooking Class: Russian Blini with Red Caviar and Shchi soup

Private Cooking Class: Russian Blini with Red Caviar and Shchi soup

Get a true taste of Russia! Instead of dining out again, prepare and savour a home-cooked meal during your stay in Saint-Petersburg. Participate in the private 3-hours Cooking Class process of an authentic Russian meal, enjoy an exclusive dinner made with your own hands. Learn how to prepare a dinner, featuring staple dishes such as "Shchi" (traditional Russian white cabbage soup) in pipkin, covered and baked with dough and, of course, famous Russian Pancakes - Blini with red caviar. Then savour your dishes to remember Russia forever!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$179,00
Price varies by group size
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US$179,00
Price varies by group size
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Russian afternoon tea with caviar @ Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Russian afternoon tea with caviar @ Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Tea drinking with a course of 9 sets, will introduce you to the world of haute cuisine of the Russian Empire: - White chocolate mousse, yuzu caviar and sturgeon caviar - Macaroons with goat cheese mousse and pressed caviar - Borodinsky bread and smoked salmon with avocado, red caviar - Eclair stuffed with crab, tomato confit, onion confit topped with sturgeon caviar - White bread and egg roll with red caviar - Potato tartlet with pike caviar, smetana and chives - Oladii with Russian oscietra caviar - Blinis and red caviar, egg and Smetana - Volovan with sturgeon julienne and sturgeon caviar
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$79,00
per group
From
US$79,00
per group

Private Cooking Class: Siberian Pelmeni, Stolichny salad and Borsch

Private Cooking Class: Siberian Pelmeni, Stolichny salad and Borsch

Attend a cooking lesson on the preparation of Sebirskiye dumplings (Siberian Pelmeni), which takes place in one of the restaurants in the center of St. Petersburg under the guidance of a professional chef (speaks good English). You will also learn the secrets of cooking Borsch and the traditional Russian salad "Stolichniy"
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$212,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$212,00
Price varies by group size
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Private Cooking Class: Learn the secrets of Borsch and Beef Stroganoff

Private Cooking Class: Learn the secrets of Borsch and Beef Stroganoff

Calling all food lovers! Learn how to cook Russian food fit for the Tsars on a private 3-hour step-by-step cooking class in St Petersburg. Brush up your cooking skills under the guidance of your experienced instructor, an expert in Russian cuisine. You’ll cook 2 traditional dishes that you can easily reproduce at home - Borsch (beetroot soup) and Beef Stroganoff (braised meat with mushrooms). Get a taste of traditional cuisine at the end of masterclass together with your friends or with your family. Enjoy the masterpiece you’ve just learned to prepare! • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors • Private tour is operated with just your party and a chef • All necessary equipment included
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$166,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$166,00
Price varies by group size
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Private Cooking Class: Russian Shchi soup and Blini with Red Caviar

Private Cooking Class: Russian Shchi soup and Blini with Red Caviar

Attend a cooking lesson on the preparation of Russian Shchi soup and Blini with Red Caviar, which takes place in one of the restaurants in the center of St. Petersburg under the guidance of a professional chef (speaks good English).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$187,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$187,00
Price varies by group size
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Russian Wine Tasting

Russian Wine Tasting

With the help of a sommelier you will discover Russian wine history, regions and grape varieties. Relax and enjoy good wine accompanied with local farm cheeses and other nice appetizers.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$47,39
From
US$47,39

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