Olga Kachalova, Chief Concierge at Four Seasons Lion Palace Hotel, talks about her favorite museums, restaurants and the most exciting events of this spring.
Three favorite museums:
My favorite museum among the fantastic variety on offer in St. Petersburg would definitely be the Hermitage. It is not only about its collection but also thanks to the modern vision of the exhibitions and being an irreplaceable part of the city’s life – that’s what attracts and lets you feel its special spirit. The other one is the Faberge Museum where the young team is passionate about making a guest’s visit interactive and getting them to learn interesting facts about the life of the Russian Royal court. The Russian Museum is another place not to be missed – what great pride it is for me as a resident of St. Petersburg to talk to my guests about the biggest collection of Russian art, among which one can find true masterpieces of global art.
Three favorite new restaurants and bars:
It is true that St. Petersburg is a gastronomic destination and there is always a lot happening here food-wise. I think among the new places you should try Harvest by Dmitry Blinov. Another gourmet stop that should not be missed is Sintoho with an amazing new chef who started just last September and has so many special things to offer. Number three would be Smoke BBQ, which is not brand new but the way the guys upgrade their menu with local products in addition to the trendy atmosphere and creative team is just exactly what a perfect city restaurant should be like. In terms of bars – Polugar bar is definitely the place to go to experience something local.
Event you can't miss this spring:
Those lucky ones who are coming here in spring this year will be able to visit a number of events dedicated to ballet. For example, we’ve got the Dance Open Festival, the International Ballet Festival “Mariinsky” and the start of the annual “Stars of the White Nights” festival. The other dates to mark in your calendar are the Victory Day parade on May 9th, City Day on May 27th and the annual Fountain opening ceremony in Peterhof in the beginning of May.
Three tips for our readers on "how to survive in Russia":
In my opinion, the guests of our country should be free and relaxed in choosing this incredible destination. To know more and to not miss anything special I advise to always ask your concierge about what’s on in town. I do believe that our city is a friendly and safe place to travel, but as in any other crowded place guests should always pay attention to personal belongings and beware of pick pockets. In case anything happens feel free to ask for help at any of the hotels around the city or specifically approach Les Clefs d’Or members.