The Literary Café – St. Petersburg

June 20, 2007

A famous confectionary was opened in 1835 on this site, at the corner of Nevsky Prospekt and the Moika. It is known to be the last café visited by Pushkin before his fatal duel in 1837. There is a model of him at his writing desk in the entry hall. It is now “The Literary Café” which keeps up the cultural theme. Linda and I went for lunch on June 16, 2007. It is a five-minute walk from The Hermitage. 

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Linda had the fresh hot pancakes with salmon roe and butter. She thought they were excellent.  

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I wanted a larger lunch as we would be going to the opera that night and so ordered a house specialty: “Meat Saint Petersburg.” The balls of beef filled with chopped mushrooms were okay.  

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A violinist and pianist played occasionally during our meal. We would recommend this restaurant for a light lunch. The location is convenient to several important tourist sights. The second floor dining room is a haven of calm after the hustle and bustle of the Nevsky Prospekt and the tour groups.

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