Pyshki Saint Petersburg

Image by Ekaterina Kalinina

Pyshki – A bit of USSR nostalgia

Eating pyshki is a great local ritual. These crispy, fried, covered with sugar powder, donuts (aka pyshki) may challenge your plan to get healthy, but bring with it an unforgettable experience and will comfort your soul. The spot is very nostalgic by nature for every person who remembers a bit of the USSR times. When I was a 4 year old girl, a traditional great weekend meant going for a walk in the historic enter and having 2-3 pyshki.

The cafe named simply Pyshki, or as we called it Pyshechnaya, was distinguished by a coffee tank and cut paper pieces served as a napkin. So, you were supposed to catch the pyshka with this piece of paper, bite a bit and drink the terrible coffee with condensed milk. A moment of pure happiness, despite the fact that the coffee was terrible. I don’t know weather it is a memory game or the fact that when you’re 4 years old everything is great.

This USSR donuts cafe is enormously popular. You may spend 30-60 minutes in the line and then you’d have to act really fast, because cold pyshka means dead pyshka. Not tasty at all. However morning birds have the advantage, between 09:00 – 10:00 there are only a few guests.

It feels like nothing has been changed in this rather small, but cozy cafe, apart from the fluffy cats that have now became the essential artifacts of the pyshki eating ritual.

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Details about this spot



Bolshaya Konyushennaya ulitsa 25, Saint Petersburg

Opening Times

09:00 - 21:00 daily


Pyshka: RUB 13
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)