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Russian street food
January, 20/2017

Russian street food

This overview contains the most popular Russian street food that you can find in St. Petersburg. Russian cuisine is very reach and delicious. It’s surprising how may dishes you can try in Russia: starting with many different traditional salads and snacks finishing with a number of Russian soups and main courses. Street food is not an exception for Russian cuisine and Hello Russia Tours will show it to you. 

Bliny (blinis)Russian street food - Pyshka

Who doesn’t know about Russian blinis (sometimes spelled as bliny)? This dish has been cooked in Russia for centuries. It’s Russian traditional pancakes, very thin, looking like crepes and served sour or sweet. Almost all of the Russian restaurants offer Russian bliny but if you don’t have much time, you can go to a Russian chain of fast food restaurants called Teremok. It is the most popular and famous chain of Russian street food – here one can get some simple Russian dishes ordering it right at the encounter – just like in McDonald’s. It’s interesting that you can even find some of the Teremoks in New York – so popular it is!


Pyshka is a type of Russian street food that gained its popularity in the Soviet time. They are surprisingly similar to American doughnuts except for its shape. The pyshka is a round fried pice of dough dredged with sugar powder. There’s a number of pyshka cafes in St Petersburg. One of them is Pyshechnaya on 25 B. Konyushennaya str. This historical cafe was opened in 1958 and since then they have never changed their recipes! What else can be more authentic?


Cheburek is a fried sour pastry that is very popular in Russia. A classical cheburek is the tastiest – it’s a thin dough leaf that has meat in it. However, today there are a lot of variations: you can find the cheburek with potatoes, vegetables, cheese, mushrooms, etc. If you are looking forward to trying some Russian chebureks check out of the Brynza restaurants. Fast service, reasonable prices and great chebureks.


This Russian street food called shawarma (or shawurma) came to our cuisine from the Middle East. It’s grilled meat (beef, veal, lamb, chicken or turkey) wrapped in lavash or pita. Fresh vegetables and a sauce are added too. One of St. Petersburg restaurants called Pita’s offer a nice selection of different shawermas. Some of them are quite unusual (but still so delicious!): cheese shawarma with caraway and sea buckthorn, shawarma with cranberry sauce and mint, and shawarma with pineapple and oregano.

Russian Mors

When having some Russian street food you will probably want to try a traditional Russian drink called mors. Roughly speaking, it’s a berry juice. It can be made of cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, black or red currant, and others. Doesn’t it sound healthy and refreshing?

 As you see, there are many options to try some traditional Russian street food on the go. If you’re looking for more recommendations check out our article about St. Petersburg restaurants.

Russian street food that you can find in St. Petersburg is plentiful from Russian blini and pyshka to shawarma, cheburek and mors.

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