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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

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at Sounds of the Universe, a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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