City markets in St Petersburg

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Fancy a bit of food shopping in St Petersburg?

There’s no shortage of grocery markets in the city and, although they’ve largely been superseded in popularity by the ever-growing number of supermarket chains, they still provide some of the best places to buy high-quality fresh produce. And don’t forget that St Petersburg's markets boast some beautiful architecture that makes them worth visiting as much for sightseeing as for shopping.

Unsurprisingly given the climate, St Petersburg’s grocery markets are indoors. Whether you’re looking for fresh agricultural produce, meat, fish, dairy products, pickles or preserves, you’ll find them here. Most St Petersburg markets also have stalls selling honey, dried fruit, nuts and spices. Some also offer household goods, clothing and even pets. Many vendors don’t display fixed prices, so market shopping requires a command of basic Russian and a degree of haggling skills.

So if you’re up for the challenge, why not head off for…

 

Kuznechny Market

Probably St Petersburg's best-known food market, Kuznechny is located in the city centre and is renowned for its high-quality meat, fish and farm produce.

Housed in a charming 1920s neoclassical building, Kuznechny Market is renowned for selling the best meat, fruit and vegetables in St Petersburg, and supplies several of the city's top restaurants. If you wish to visit a St Petersburg market for the experience alone, this is one of the best.

None of the traders advertise fixed prices on goods, so be careful you don’t end up overpaying. Prices are fairly high, but they’re generally matched by the quality of the produce.

 

 

Sytny Market

Located on the Petrograd side of the city, Sytny is St Petersburg's oldest market, dating back to 1710.

It's a large market that spreads out across the surrounding streets from its central 19th-century hall. The usual array of fresh produce, meat, fish, dairy and dry goods is on offer, as well as cheap clothing and household supplies. Prices vary considerably from trader to trader, as does quality.

 

Maltsevsky Market

Located on UIitsa Nekrasova in the historic centre, this Soviet-era market sells the standard range of market produce, and lacks the charm of the city’s other historic markets.

A two-storey barn built in the 1960s, Maltsevsky Market has a prime location on Ulitsa Nekrasova, but the range and quality of produce on offer isn’t significantly better than what’s available in most supermarkets.

 

Sennoy Market

St Petersburg's ‘Hay Market’ has a rich history and continues to be popular with locals looking for fresh meat and groceries.

Readers of Crime and Punishment may remember Sennoy Market as the location where a troubled Raskolnikov confessed his sins. The market is one of the oldest and cheapest in St Petersburg, offering fresh produce, fish, meat, sundries and much more.

 


Polyustrovsky Market

Also known as the ‘bird market’, this modernised market hall on the Vyborg Side sells pets and plants, as well as the standard range of market produce – fresh meat, produce, fish and sundries. The market is also home to a garden centre, with areas selling furs, hunting and fishing equipment and, at weekends, the ‘bird market’, where pets of all varieties are sold. Not the best place to go if you’re concerned about animal welfare.

 

Torzhkovsky Market

Although a little way from the centre, Torzhkovsky Market is the largest in the city and one of the best places in St Petersburg to buy meat, fruit and vegetables from local farms.

Torzhkovsky is actually the largest enterprise selling agricultural products in St Petersburg, with over 300 traders and several trading spots reserved exclusively for local farmers. The turnover for fresh meat is so fast, it’s not even chilled here, and the market also sells live locally caught fish and crayfish, untreated dairy produce and, in season, locally gathered mushrooms and berries.

 

Vasileostrovsky Market

Of most interest for its attractive 18th-century building, this large market sells a standard range of groceries, as well as clothing and shoes.

It may not be the best place in town for food shopping, but visitors never fail to be impressed by its 19th-century market building (better known as Andreevsky Market) and the annual fairs and competitions held here during the Christmas season.