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Answer: if you compare Russian cultural and official capitals, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, you will find that prices in Saint Petersburg are lower. It doesn’t mean you can trade to reduce the price in shops or supermarkets, yet you can always find an appropriate food stand or café. Just don’t go everywhere by taxi and try to have lunch in special “economy” places – this way your wallet will remain fat. About the sleep – there are cheap hostels located mostly in the city centre, don’t hesitate to use them. The total daily sum should be about 35 euro pp (excluding shopping and accommodation), then it is totally OK.
Answer: The easiest way is just to buy a local SIM card. The most preferable operators are Megafon and MTS. You can make a call to your country or use Internet for Skype or messaging through WhatsApp or Viber. These will work on any smartphone with an up-to-date OS. Wi-Fi is usually free in most cafes, restaurants, hotels and shopping malls.
Answer: it all depends on your journey duration. A room fits perfectly for a 5-7 days trip. If you are about to stay longer, a flat may be better option. Before you make your choice, think for a while about your desirable amount of expenses and level of comfort. Anyway you can compare the rates on hotel accommodation and staying via services like AirBnB.
Answer: Reading the guide-book, you will find thousands of restaurants and cafes with different menus, list of services, prices etc. The best options, as we think, are Masha Ï Medved on Malaya Sadovaya, 1 restaurant and famous Vodka Room. Russian food is always served there and its success is definitely permanent. For Soviet cuisine try Soviet café “Kvartirka” on Nevsky pr., 51.
Answer: just come closer to the stand and think! Everyone knows Russian wooden dolls (Matryoshka) and once tried fiery vodka. Excluding these, the list of “necessary belongings” can also contain Pavlovo scarves (so beautiful), Ushanka hats with their funny ears, striped t-shirt named Telnyashka, much popular amongst the seamen, birch little boxes or brooches, Valenki boots (you will never freeze) or Bear (popular faery-tale hero) figures.
Answer: These best-known shows are Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty. There are two theatres in the city: Mariinsky and Mihailovsky that are the most famous. If you don’t book your ticket a month or more before the show you may never get it. If you do not seek for something that grandiose, you always can find it in special stands neat subway stations or just surfing through the Internet. In any case, it’s better to think in advance.