although an absolute must-see, st. petersburg's imperial splendour can be quite daunting, overwhelming even, with mile after mile of ornate historic architecture and cultural treasures beckoning from every corner. so, when in need of a contemporary break, do as the cool locals do. as of late, they find refuge at tanzploshchadka, or dance floor in plain english, a new restaurant and club right in the middle of city's historic tsentralniy district. the brainchild of kirill ivanov, singer of popular band сбпч, and hospitality entrepreneur aleksandr berkovskiy, it's situated in a massive landmark building where it occupies an elongated, lofty vaulted space with patio.
making full use of its location, the interior design by local practice architalis cleverly incorporates the abundance of exposed bricks, and pairs it with a quirky mix of custom-made furnishings and vintage finds. the atmosphere is full-on homey, and because there's a lack of windows, special emphasis has been put on lighting, which comes in a very compatible variation and volume. the coziness extends well into the courtyard which boasts its own bar and – yes, why not? – a basketball hoop.
additional fun props inside, include artsy billboards and lush artificial plants.very much a multi-purpose venue, tanzploshchadka comprises of a restaurant and bar, and at the far end, ample space to show off your slickest dance moves below the prerequisite disco balls. the restaurant's menu lists cosmopolitan fare, featuring plenty of tasty salads, and dishes such as thin crust pizza with different toppings, russian beef and tarte flambé. the food is paired with an array of fruit juice cocktails, liquors and other beverages. location: konyushennaya ploshchad 2a [tsentralniy]