Author: Charlie Bacsik

Five Cafes in St. Petersburg for Caucasian Food

Georgian food stands out as some of the best from the former USSR, with unique flavor and texture combinations that, while few have tried before coming abroad, nearly all love. For locals, Georgian restaurants are sure-fire wins for a great meal and, as the restaurant scene has developed across the former Soviet space, Georgian is […]

7 Places to Get a Great Burger in St. Petersburg

Craft burgers began to swarm Russia around 2014 or so – and are now already plentiful, with several well-developed local chains and other one-off establishments. So, for any Americans studying abroad here, if you find that you, like us, cannot help but miss a juicy burger, here is a mini guide to some of our […]

Top Business Lunches in Saint Petersburg

For those that don’t know, a business lunch is an inexpensive pre-set meal that restaurants offer to maximize their lunchtime traffic between about 12:00-4:00pm. This is a student’s paradise! Most business lunches offer a main dish, a side, and a drink for around 200-350 rubles ($3-6). Some places offer one or two choices for each […]

Flea Market & Rynoks in St. Petersburg, Russia

The market, known as a “рынок” in Russian, has a special place in Russian history. The market was a bastion of privately produced and sold goods that allowed under the USSR and allowed people access to hard-to-find goods, usually of the food sort. In the 1990s, the market was a booming enterprise, full of private […]

Shopping in Kyiv

When packing for my semesters abroad, I gave myself a rule: One backpack and one suitcase. I’m a firm believer in “traveling light,” and one suitcase, in my opinion, is more than enough space for the necessities. Any extra clothes/shoes/accessories that you may want while abroad can be purchased once you arrive, and often at […]

All About Anticafes in St. Petersburg

Anti-cafes are “free spaces” for you to relax with friends, keep busy with wi-fi, play board games or video games, drink tea and coffee, nom on some snacks… and you only pay for the time. Typically, the rate is around 2-3 rubles per minute, and most have some kind of cap on how much you […]