Tea parties, dinners and cooking in a traditional St. Petersburg apartment

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We host dinners and tea parties in our traditional St. Petersburg apartment in the historic center. Delicious home made food, mouth watering cabbage pies, borscht, pastry and cookies that melt in your mouth.

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English
Tour by Elena
Local

I am a translator (Rus- Eng) and I like to cook and bake. I was born and raised in St Petersburg and love the city and my neighborhood. My family and I are passionate about hosting people from all of the world. I used to be a tour guide and still like to show the city and to tell about it.
People who come to our place appreciate the cozy atmosphere of the traditional apartment which we try to create and maintain.
My husband is a novelist and a playwrite. We like to do things together. We have a son and a daughter and two very friendly cats.

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Highlights

  • Delicious home-made food in traditional old-style St. Petersburg apartment
  • Traditional St. Petersburg closed courtyard – “well”
  • Friendly talks about lives in the hosts and visitors countries

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Description

We host dinners and tea parties in our traditional St-Petersburg apartment in the historic center. Spacious rooms, elements of original 1909 decor, XIX century furniture and pieces of art. Delicious home made food, mouth-watering cabbage pies, borscht, pastry and cookies that melt in your mouth. Cozy and friendly atmosphere. Questions and answers about life in Russia. Fluency in English, basic skills in German and Italian.

We show how to cook borscht and bake a cabbage pie and fry “syrniki” – sweet cottage cheese dessert.

For years I've hosted individuals and small groups from the US, UK, France, Italy, Brazil. They enjoyed the old style apartment, the food and even our two friendly cats!

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What’s included & not included

  • Food
  • Activities
  • Beer and wine tasting

Meeting point

5, Tavricheskaya Street (Tavricheskaya Ulitsa, 5, Санкт-Петербург, Россия)

Reviews from travellers (6)

5.0/5

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Wonderful evening
We wanted to feel a bit closer to the people and city and this was the prefect way to do so. With language being a barrier it was hard to talk to locals. Before the night we were asked about allergies and preferences or dislikes. The directions were clear and easy, we took a bus.

Elena greeted us outside the apartment to give us some history about her family and the building. Inside we met Sasha and the cats, and were given a tour of their beautiful home before sitting down to canapés and vodka, local dishes with wine, dessert with Russian coffee or tea and we stayed much later than we ought as the conversation was lively and covered every topic possible. It was a warm and cosy evening.

We left feeling we’d made new friends and seen just a glimpse behind the doors of St.Petersburg. A must do experience!
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Fantastic experience with Elena and her family
Meeting Elena and her family and enjoying a delicious home cooked meal in her lovely apartment was a St Petersburg highlight for me.
I booked the dinner for our group of four Australian friends and it was more than what I hoped for. As well as our experience of being in a St Petersburg family apartment, Elena generously shared some of her family history and answered all our questions.
Thank you very much Elena and Sasha. It was an evening I will always remember.
Elena is the best! Great food, great conversation and an all-around lovely experience!
Elena is a gem! She's a great conversationalist and we were so happy to spend an evening with her and her husband.

She cooked a delicious traditional Russian dinner with all the fixings (i.e. vodka).

Highly recommended!!
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