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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, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldnt miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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