Photographer and bar owner Ilya Bazarsky left St. Petersburg for Israel as a teenager. A decade later, on a visit to Russia, he fell in love with his hometown all over again. On New Year’s Day 2015, he and a partner, Pavel Shteinluht, opened Bekitzer. Translated roughly from Hebrew as “quick”, Bekitzer is a timeless concept of good Israeli street food that is extremely popular with Jews and non-Jews, locals and tourists thanks to the super cool interior and vibe, reasonably priced dishes of generous portions, a nice selection of Israeli wine and delicious signature cocktails. The menu is not huge but it’s very intriguing and for those who are not yet familiar with Israeli street food lingo there is a handy dictionary explaining everything. This is one of the places that has really stood the test of time in St. Petersburg and despite its rather mature age (in the world of dining), it just keeps getting bigger, better and more beloved.