How to eat healthily in St Petersburg

How to eat healthily in St Petersburg
16 August 2018

In today’s society eating healthily and doing sports have become higher priorities, although taking care of your body has not always been that important. A few years ago this trend became extremely popular all over the world, including in Russia. Ever more women and men of all ages are on the hunt for healthy food.

The healthy eating Megatrend

As concern about diseases and obesity has grown, healthy eating has become more and more popular. But healthiness is not only about avoiding diseases, it’s more about reconciling your mental, physical and emotional health. As a result, people spend an increasing amount of money on products that have a positive impact on their wellbeing. For example, people tend to prefer bio-products and are more willing to buy food supplements. Furthermore, smartphone apps that help to track food and calories, or which provide healthy recipes become more popular every day.

According to World Food Moscow , a major meeting place for the food and drink industry, Russians have begun to turn away from processed foodstuffs. At present, around 3 % of the Russian population regularly buy health foods and organic produce. The increasing numbers of vegetables and fruits purchased over the last few years confirm this trend.

4 places for healthy food in St Petersburg

Consumers now take more responsibility for their mental health in their daily lifestyle choices. Since the Russian cuisine is not necessarily famous for its clean and healthy cooking but for its carbohydrate-rich dishes, I would like to show you some possibilities for maintaining a balanced diet during your stay in Saint Petersburg. All these recommendations are easy accessible from our language school! You don’t always need to choose one of the big junk-food restaurants like Burger King, KFC and co. (I know, sometimes it can be very hard to resist)

  • Cafe Na Parah

This is definitely the place to be, if you are looking for healthy and high-quality food. All dishes go without fat and you can find the amount of calories per dish on the menu. –

Menu Cafe Na Parah

Different variations of porridge

  • Market Place

There are plenty of self-service chains in St Petersburg. One of them is named “Market Place”. Various dishes are offered for a moderate price, especially during lunch time. Depending on your goals, you can choose between various dishes: High or low carb, raw food diet, low-fat etc. – it’s up to you what to choose. Since a salad, as a main dish or a side, is always a good idea, make sure you look out for the salad bar! – Nevsky avenue, 24, Sankt-Petersburg, 191186

Salad bar at Market Place
Salad bar at Market Place

  • Fresh point

Fresh Point is another healthy alternative to the well-known junk-food chains. It sells healthy snacks to eat in or take away like wraps, salads or packed sandwiches to people who don’t want to waste time waiting. Since the prices are on the expensive-side, it can be worth it to come just before closing when the products are sold at half the price. – Nevsky avenue, 126, Sankt-Petersburg, 191036

Fresh point

Fresh Point at Nevsky Prospect

  • Kuznechny Market

If you like cooking and want to prepare dishes at home I would recommend you this wonderful market, very conveniently located next to the metro station Vladimirskaya. It is ideal for buying vegetables, fruits, meat and fish. Keep in mind that you can taste the products and haggle for a good price! – Kuznechnyy Pereulok, 3, Sankt-Petersburg, 191025

Kuznechny Market Saint Petersburg

Kuznechny Market

If you want some tips about vegan and vegeterian places in St Petersburg, check out our previous blogpost from Leah!


I would like to end up this article with my favorites quotes to motivate you and help you understand how important a balanced and healthy diet is – your body and soul will thank it to you.

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. – Mahatma Gandhi
If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Mary Engelbreidt
Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn



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