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Valentines Day Options to Warm the Heart

There are many ways to declare your love in the city this Valentines Day.

Published: February 6, 2014 (Issue # 1796)



  • A romantic gesture this Valentines Day could lead to your own lock on one of St. Petersburgs bridges.
    Photo: Kevin Anderson / Flickr

  • Grand Hotel Europe pulls out all the stops with an elegant, heart-shaped bite.
    Photo: GHE / For SPT

Singles dismiss it, new couples embrace it and married men tend to forget it. Yes, we are taking about Valentines Day, where ironically the day that celebrates love is usually met with more fear and loathing than with joy.

But regardless of your feelings, the day is still fast approaching (Feb. 14 for those who need reminding) and despite the sub-zero temperatures outside, there are plenty of events throughout the city to help ignite passion or thaw any frozen hearts for both couples and singles alike. Heres our top selection to cater for all budgets and styles:

Dinner for Two

Petersburgers are spoiled for choice with most hotels and restaurants offering special Valentines Day menus next week.

Among the standouts include Grand Hotel Europes restaurants LEurope and Caviar Bar, which have set a decadent menu of red caviar, oysters, fois gras, seared yellow fin tuna and duck breast to whet your appetite. Priced at 3,500 rubles per person ($99.50), guests can also make song requests at the time of booking to later surprise their loved ones during the evening.

Be sure to also stop by the hotels Mezzanine Cafe where pastry chef Pascal Galette will be unveiling his special edition Valentines Day chocolate. The chocolate ganache is infused with French roses, imported from Grasse, before being dipped in white chocolate. These sugary delights are the perfect take-home gift to sweeten any moment.

For something more intimate, Domina Prestige Hotel offers a candlelit dinner along with live music for 2,300 rubles per person ($65). King crab with mango sauce, octopus with shiitake mushrooms, avocado and pistachio souffle along with pink mulled wine are just some of the options on the romantic evenings menu.

If youre heading down the aisle (or want to give the hint), book a table at miX at W Hotel for Elixir dAmour a Valentines Day collaboration with local designer and fashion icon, Tatyana Parfionova. Enjoy a 4-course gourmet meal designed by famed head chef Alain Ducasse while enjoying a wedding fashion show throughout the night. Tickets for the night cost 3,000 rubles per person ($85.30).

The ever-popular Buddha Bar is also a trendy option, especially for those on a first date, as its effortless style never fails to impress. For Valentines Day, the restaurant has invited special guest DJ Lana Kenoby to help set the right mood at the tableand at the bar for those who are confident enough that their moves are more asset than hindrance in their efforts to impress.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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