A pioneer in loft design and one of the largest exhibition spaces in St. Petersburg, Etagi has been occupying the former Smolninsky Bread Factory since 2007. This fantastic conversion just ten minutes’ walk from Moskovsky Railway Station has plenty to keep visitors interested, including many of the original factory fittings seamlessly merged with the thoroughly contemporary design. Many of the interior elements of the old factory were preserved, such as the concrete pillars, a drilling machine and bread baking equipment.
Apart from being an exhibition center for the arts, it is also a cultural center that holds the widest range of events, from film festivals to kid’s workshops and from rooftop parties to pet adoption fairs. It’s also home to the city’s first ever “container city”- rows of containers that are now used for street food cafés, shops and more.
With more than 3,000 square meters to play around with, Etagi is almost like a little city within a city: there are countless amounts of shops selling anything from clothes to shisha tobacco, a hostel, a bar, beauty salons and cafes – most notably one with a great summer terrace. The terrace, by the way, is one of the coolest vantage points over the city - you can lounge around on bean bags all day long in the summer or simply pop out to have a look over St. Petersburg in the cooler months. The spirit of art reigns in every shop, stall and room here.
But just because you have been there once already doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all. It’s worth coming back from time to time because every day there’s something new and exciting happening in or opening at Etagi.