Russia

Russia Travel Guide

Founded by the royal family in 1744, the china here is literally fit for a czar.

This world-class museum is not to be missed, but where to start, with more than 350 rooms?Skip the lines by buying tickets online, then hit the highlights. Room 214: a diminutive duo of sublime Madonna paintings by Da Vinci, in one of the palace's most ornate chambers.

The gallery aims to introduce Russians to photography as fine art. Its first show was a provocative narrative series by Ellen von Unwerth.

Well-priced caviar, vodka, and pickled herring are among the offerings at this gourmet food market, housed in a newly restored 1903 Art Nouveau building. It's the only grocer in town with antique bronze lamps and intricately patterned painted windows.

Housed in the Mikhailovsky Palace, the Russian works here—which include 6,000 religious icons—makes an interesting complement to the Hermitage's foreign treasures. Liszt and Berlioz gave private concerts in the impressive White Column Hall, a music parlor dating from the 1820's.

Explore the evolution of Russian and Western applied arts from the 16th through the early 20th centuries.

Denis Simachev, a petit, flamboyant dresser with long dark hair and a droopy mustache, recently opened his first flagship—a large building swaddled, like a teapot in its cozy, in Russia's beloved country-folk hohkolovo pattern—on _Stoleshnikov Lane, the main shopping drag.

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Keep quiet! Don't drink! Work harder! Clean up on bossy Soviet-era propaganda posters at this bookstore that also stocks English translations of the ultimate Petersburg tale, Crime and Punishment.