A fancy breakfast with coffee at the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg cost over $50 per person. For a mere $2.50 per person we had coffee and pirozhki-to-go from the food/coffee truck at the Palace Square St. Petersburg.
Does coffee taste better when you pay a higher price?
In this case we put two contrasting travel styles – luxury and budget to the test where we chose to have our breakfast at the luxurious Four Seasons one morning and the next at a coffee-to-go from a food truck. Keeping in mind that we don’t speak Russian and we roamed the streets looking for cheap places to eat without a guide or help from the locals.
These days it is easy to find a food truck selling coffee and pastries in St. Petersburg Russia. We found a few and chose the bright yellow and brown truck.
Is there a difference between our coffee at the Four Seasons and the coffee truck?
The coffee tasted just the same.
How about the pirozhki?
The ones at the hotel tasted better than the food truck because the fillings were more compact.
The overall experience was priceless. Having coffee on a cool autumn morning at the Palace Square with views of Hermitage Museum and the surrounding buildings was surreal. These iconic landmarks were breathtaking and the hot coffee and delicious warm pirozhki added depth to the experience.
The Hermitage Museum complex is the most iconic landmark in St. Petersburg. It consists of the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage, the Hermitage Theatre and the New Hermitage. The museum has over three million paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art and archaeological artefacts. It was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764.
If you are a coffee lover and have enough time to spare while visiting The Hermitage Museum, make sure you walk to the Palace Square towards the archway and get your cup of coffee from the lady with the yellow-brown coffee truck.
Vendors in St. Petersburg are friendly and patient. With no knowledge of the Russian language we were able to order our coffee, pirozhki and sweet buns. It is a trend these days to see locals having a coffee-to-go in St. Petersburg Russia.
Have you been to St. Petersburg? Do you like the coffee in St. Petersburg?