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St. Petersburg In Your Pocket October-November 2013

St. Petersburg In Your Pocket October-November 2013

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The latest issue of the St. Petersburg In Your Pocket city guide.
Hotels, restaurants, clubs, sightseeing and events.
The latest issue of the St. Petersburg In Your Pocket city guide.
Hotels, restaurants, clubs, sightseeing and events.

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October - November 2013 N
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91 st-petersburg.inyourpocket.com
Hotels Restarants Cafés Nihtlife Sihtseein Events Mas
ST. pETERSbuRg
Carin Rssia
Local charitiessaving children’s lives
Cltral Caital 
Fashion weeks,rock performancesand theater festivals
Octoer - Novemer 2013
“In Your Pocket: a cheeky, well-written series of guidebooks”
The New York Times
 
October - November 2013
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Contents
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
Foreword
4
A word from our editor 
News 
5
What’s new in the city 
Basics and Language 
6
Some useful information
Culture and Events 
Concerts, exhibitions and sport 
8
Dutch Days
15
Features
Charity in Russia
16
Raketa watch factory 
18
Hotels
19
A fine selection of places to spend the night 
Contents
Restaurants
22
Vasilievsky Island
34
Nightlife
36
Bars, pubs and clubs
Sightseeing
40
Further afield
44
Shopping
46
 
What to buy and where
Expat and Lifestyle
48
Expat experience, religious services and more
Getting around
Transport, tickets and more
51
Maps
52
Russia
56
Moscow
57
Veliky Novgorod
59
Samara
60
Yaroslavl
61
Sochi
62
Petrozavodsk 
64
Kazan
66
 
St. Petersburg
In Your Pocket st-petersburg.inyourpocket.com
October - November 2013
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news
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Foreword
Il Lago dei Cigni
Il Lago dei Cigni (Swan Lake) is an Italian restaurant under thepatronage of the famous gourmet chef Remo Mazzucato. Theluxurious interiors were designed by Hirsch Bedner Associ-ates and the sense of luxury is supported by a unique winelist, live music and Mediterranean hospitality.Close to the central city, the restaurant is located onKrestovsky Island (Severnaya doroga 21) in the middle of the Neva River delta giving guests a beautiful view whichis particularly attractive as the sun sets over the FinnishGulf. During the 19th century the island belonged to notable families, the first owner being the sister of Peter the Great,Natalya Alexeevna, who built the first building on the island inthe shape of the St. Andrews Cross and cut a cross-shapedpatch into the dense forest on the island - which led to theisland’s name. The island was used as a summer residence for noble families before becoming a popular park for prom-enading and sport in the 1860s.The restaurant itself sits on the very edge of Swan Lake (alsoknown as Northern Lake), giving visitors the opportunity towatch these magnificent birds throughout the year. Withspacious interiors, the opportunity for al fresco dining in thesummer and set in the peaceful environment of Krestovsky Island - Il Lago dei Cigni is the ideal location for a quiet getaway  from the stress and bustle of the city. The restaurant will beopen from mid-October.
www.illago.ru
Mikhailovsky 180th Anniversary 
In November 2013 the Mikhailovsky Theatre celebrates its180th anniversary and is promising a spectacular seasonof opera and ballet.The Mikhailovsky Theatre was designed by Alexandr Bri-ullov to carefully fit within the architectural ensemble of ArtsSquare. With a modest façade the interior set a striking contrast with the rich use of silver, velvet, mirrors, crystals,paintings and stucco mouldings. The theatre was opened on8 November 1833 and over time became synonymous withthe fine arts. The theatre was expanded in 1859 and becamean established part of the social life of St. Petersburg’s elite,with frequent visits from the imperial family.During the Soviet period the theatre was used for comic operaand saw the debut of such performances as The Nose andThe Queen of Spades. It came to be seen as a laboratory  for Soviet opera and continued to work with contemporary composers throughout the Soviet period. It was the first theatre to perform Sergey Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Inmore recent years the theatre has performed Russian clas-sics such as Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin and Prince Igor.
www.mikhailovsky.ru
Happy Unity Day 
November 04 is Russia’s Day of Popular Unity. This nationalholiday is a new old holiday having been celebrated for the first time in 1649 and commemorates the victorious uprising in 1612 by Minin and Pozharsky which ejected the Polish forces from Moscow. Celebrated every year from 1612 up until 1917,the holiday was resurrected in 2005. It is viewed by most observers as a replacement holiday for the now-abolishedholiday of November 7 which commemorated the Revolution.Creating the confusion of how to you congratulate someoneon this holiday…Happy Unity Day!
 Editorial department
Editor
 Ksenia Elzes, editor.spb@inyourpocket.comPeter Campbell, editor.russia@inyourpocket.com
Layout & Design
 Malvina Markinadesign.russia@inyourpocket.com
Research
 research.spb@inyourpocket.com
PR
Ksenia Elzes, pr-russia@inyourpocket.com
Commercial department
Sales Managers
Ilya Timshinilya.timshin@inyourpocket.comPeter Smirnovpeter.smirnov@inyourpocket.com
To order issues
Tanya Kharitonovasales.russia@inyourpocket.com
Copyright notice
Text and photos copyright OOO Krasnaya Shapka2003-2013. All rights reserved. No part of thispublication may be reproduced in any form, except brief extracts for the purpose of review, without written permission from the publisher and copy-right owner. The brand name In Your Pocket is usedunder license from UAB In Your Pocket.
The latter days of fall are often cursed,But as for me, kind reader, she is preciousIn all her quiet beauty, mellow glow.Thus might a child, disfavored in its family,Draw my regard. To tell you honestly,Of all the times of year, I cherish her alone.She’s full of worth; and I, a humble lover,Have found in her peculiar charms.
Alexander Pushkin, 1833 
Autumn, a season Alexander Pushkin loved most because of the physical and creative upsurge it always gave him. Pushkinrated it as the finest season to be in Russia. And I couldn’t agree more. Believe me, St. Petersburg is at its best during the cool, crisp days of autumn. There’s something romanticabout this time. Autumn is high blue skies, cool sunshine andchanging leaves. So congratulations, if you are holding thisguide it means you are at the right place at the right time.One of the best ways to spend a sunny October weekend isexploring one (or two!) of St. Petersburg’s imperial suburbs. Theseason changes so quickly it’s just wonderful to see the leaveschanging colour. Our sentimental readers may want to keep a few red/gold/yellow leaves a souvenir bookmarks in books anddiaries, while others prefer to just make piles of them to fall intoand take pictures. Ok, enough about leaves.The ones who are not so crazy about nature will find a lot of  fun stuff to do in the city. The weather may be cooling down,but St. Petersburg’s cultural scene is just heating up. The city stages more compelling events and exhibitions now than at any other time of year. So, regardless of what you you like to dowe’ve got some great ways to see beautiful things when you’revisiting St. Petersburg. This guide will help you experience thebest of St. Petersburg this autumn, including the greatest theatrical performances, rock concerts, fashion weeks, jazz  festivals and live music shows that you need to know about.
Ksenia Elzes, Editor St. Petersburg In Your Pocket
Editor’s note
The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising.We welcome all readers‘ comments andsuggestions. We have made every effort toensure the accuracy of the information at the time of going to press and assume noresponsibility for changes and errors.
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The cover of this issue was drawn by a Anna Burilova as part of the Helping is easy! project. The project raises awarenessand funds for treating children with cancer. See our special feature article on charity in Russia on page 16-17.
Cover story
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
Ten years ago in a brave move, a Dutch couple bought a cat on Nevsky Prospect – Russian cats having anotorious reputation, especially the Nevsky kind. They named the cat Kees and the amiable feline was aninstant success story – becoming the first model for St.Petersburg In Your Pocket – started by the same couple.Kees is still the inspiration behind Russia In Your Pocket but today he is a little greyer and has given up the highpressure life of a feline model to offer advice behind thescenes. For Kees’ 10th birthday and the anniversary of what has become Russia’s best and biggest publishing house for visitor guides, rumours abound that the Cat Father behind Russia In Your Pocket and KrasnayaShapka will be holding a party to celebrate 10 successfulyears helping tourists, expats and companies get themost out of their opportunities in Russia.
Russia In Your Pocket 10 Years
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