In the center of St.Petersburg, at the corner of Nevsky prospect and Malaya Sadovaya Street locates a famous oldest Russian gastronom – Eliseevy Merchants’ Shop.
Here you can find fish and meat delicacies, exquisite alcohol, fragrant spices, natural oils and dressings, French desserts from Pastry Chef, handcrafted chocolate and fresh in-house bakery.
In 1812 on Christmas Eve the bondman gardener of Count Sheremetyev Pyotr Eliseev served fresh wild strawberry which amazed everyone. The Count wished to reward the loyal gardener for such a marvel. The bondsman asked the Count to free him and was set free and given a hundred rubles to support him. At those times it was a huge sum of money. The former bondsman went to St. Petersburg with his family. Turned out, that the former bondsman had not only green fingers, but also a talent for commerce. He bought a sack of oranges and sold them at Nevsky prospect. This is how the great story of Eliseevy Merchants’ shop began. 90 years later his ancestors opened a shopping center on that very spot, the core of all Eliseevy business, which you can visit today. The shop combines a gastronome, restaurants, and a theater together with a state drawing room for festive occasions.
The house was built by architect Gavriil Vasilyevich Baranovsky for a colonial goods shop of a trading partnership “Eliseevy Brothers”. This building in Early Art Nouveau style stands out against classic architecture of Nevsky prospect with its luxurious exterior trim, stained-glass windows and frontispiece sculptures.
Luxury interior is designed to outline its prosperity and attract customers. The interior is made in Art Nouveau style: abundance, shine, no austere lines but only smooth and plenty of decorations with floral motives. Here you see all splendour of Russian Emperors’ palaces with gold coating, antique furniture and ceiling luminaires.
The enourmous stained-glass window makes an impression of a giant shop window and accentuates a wide and thoroughly selected assortment of goods. There used to be a cold warehouse and one of the best wine cellars in Europe.
In the Soviet times the shop was called Gastronom №1. There one could get delicacies even in times of food shortage during the Soviet era.
Eliseevsky shop is one of few museum shops, that not only provides service and good to customers, but also immerses them in the atmosphere of distant epoch so that they can feel how it was – to live in imperial Petersburg, taste rare delicatessen from all over the world right on Nevsky Prospect, among the shine of gilded shop windows.
Nevskiy pr, 56
10:00 – 23:00 (everyday)