St. Petersburg

Ask the concierge

04 Dec 2018
Ekaterina Shipil, Assistant Chief Concierge at the Astoria Hotel, talks about her favorite museums, restaurants and the most exciting events of this winter. 

My name is Ekaterina Shipil and I am the assistant chef concierge at the historical Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel, where we keep the traditions of truly Russian hospitality. I am proud to be a part of the team for the last five years. I love St. Petersburg. We have many interesting places here, which are have existed for a long time, but our city is always developing, new places are opening and it is wonderful because day after day you explore and discover something new.

Three favourite museums: Winter is the best time for visiting museums because it is not crowded with tourists and it’s just a pleasure to be there. One of my favorite museums is the Faberge Museum. I like its permanent exposition but even more I like its temporary exhibitions of famous artists. It’s great that a museum gives you the opportunity to see world famous masterpieces without leaving the city. I also love to spend hours in the General Staff building of the Hermitage. The section with the Impressionist collection is my favorite. Among the suburbs I like the cozy Alexandrovsky Palace in Pushkin and can’t wait when it opens again after a massive restoration!

Three favourite restaurants: St. Petersburg has many good restaurants and it’s hard to highlight just a few of them. I am proud of the young chefs who are opening their restaurants with a signature cuisine and special ambience, making St. Petersburg a top gastronomic destination. I prefer Hamlet and Jacks and because I also like Asian food, Subzero is my favorite place for that. The restaurant is simple but the taste of the food is amazing. One more place I discovered just a few months ago is La Perla seafood bar and now it's my number one spot seafood; it boasts a good combination of quality, price and atmosphere. I am a wine lover that is why Na-Vina bar and shop is my favorite wine bar. I like their main idea “do what you want” and their choice of wine. I like Arka Bar on Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street for its imaginative cocktail Startrack, which one can not find on the menu but this is the one and only place to try it. I also like the bar Made in China. This is the place where I go after work with colleagues. The bar staff there always knows what you need after a long shift.
Event you can't miss this winter: The most awaited event which you can not miss this winter is the premier of the 3rd part of “The Three Fat Men” performance in the Big Drama Theatre. The trilogy staged by Andrew Moguchiy will transfer you to another reality and won’t leave anyone indifferent. Those who haven’t seen the previous parts yet can always find them in the repertoire of theatre. 
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