The Passage is a mix between shopping opportunities and cultural heritage. It is probably the oldest shopping center in Saint-Petersburg. The first visitors came here in 1848 and it is still pretty popular among locals. It feels like window shopping to me :).
Anyway, the ground floor looks like a small indoor street with benches and shops. I suppose that was the reason why the Passage was named like that. The verb ‘passer” means to walk through. By the way, it reminds me of Paris a bit.
On the second floor there is a cafe with a nice view. There is even a historical museum about the shopping center with retro photos showing different stages of Passage’s development.
The Passage has two entrances: one leads you to the main city’s artery – Nevskiy prospect and the opposite ends (or starts?) on Italyanskaya street, where a lot of theatres and other cultural objects are located. So if you are in a hurry to visit the state ‘Vera Komissarzhevskaya’ Theatre or the State Philharmonic Hall and the weather is nasty (sorry, it is St.Pete) you can do it like a true local – reach Italianskaya street via the Passage, enjoying the view.