Almost anywhere you roam in St. Petersburg, Russia you’ll encounter a sense of grandeur. From the sheer magnitude of The State Hermitage Museum to the glittering onion domes perched atop the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (or resurrection church as it’s also known), there’s no doubt that St. Petersburg is an impressive city.
What you might not anticipate seeing are the gilded shop windows and gorgeous stained glass windows of Kupetz Eliseevs food hall (Магазина Купцов Елисеевых), but it’s worth adding to your St. Petersburg to do list.
When you enter Kupetz Eliseevs, it’s a bit like being transported back in time to imperial St. Petersburg.
Located beside St. Petersburg’s main artery, Nevsky Prospect, Kupetz Eliseevs dispenses elegant and rare goods from around the world.
Whether you’re searching for rare cheeses, caviar, chocolates or vodka, Kupetz Eliseevs likely has them in stock.
Even during the food shortage during the Soviet era, the shop remained open and was a place the wealthy could continue to procure delicacies. (Although, during those days Kupetz Eliseevs was called Gastronom №1.)
Walking through Kupetz Eliseevs, it’s hard not to want one of everything.
Window shopping at Kupetz Eliseevs is a pleasure for both your eyes and your stomach.
The good news is that if you do end up working up an appetite that Kupetz Eliseevs has an à la carte restaurant located upstairs called Mezzanine and a fine dining restaurant called Sklad №5 located downstairs where the wine cellar used to be. (Reservations are highly recommended for both restaurants.) If you weren’t planning ahead, Kupetz Eliseevs Coffeeshop is the perfect place to treat yourself to a light snack.
Kupetz Eliseevs is a bit touristy given all the photo snapping you’ll see, but the live music and the grocery store’s incredible selection of food more than makes up for that.
Whether you’re a foodie or just on a mission to see all of the elegance St. Petersburg has to offer, make sure you drop by Kupetz Eliseevs. Who knows, you might even end up walking out of there with your very own hand painted matryoshka bottle under your arm as a souvenir.