At just about the widest point of the Neva, the Letuchy Gollandets, or Flying Dutchman, affords panoramic views of the stunning uninterrupted architecture along the river's banks, with the glorious Winter Palace directly opposite diners. The Flying Dutchmancomplex includes four different restaurants. Our favourite is the restaurant Hermitage. All cream, dark wood and clean lines, this place is every bit the classy berth you would expect, where the sharp modern interior doesn't completely detract from the vessel's heritage. Fresh fish is predictably a wise choice in such a venue and certainly doesn't disappoint and the wine list nonchalantly flows over several pages. Fantastic food with inimitable views of the Venice of the North makes this place one of the city's most desirable eateries.