Creative spaces of Saint Petersburg

Duration: 3 hours
Group size up to 10 persons
Venue: Grazhdanskaya, 13-15, in the yard
Full refund for cancellations up to 48 hours
You can get the full amount back when paying online

In early 90’s the common property was privatised by newly formed oligarchy. So both industrial building and historical houses belonged for years to the narrow group of people who had not many ideas of new functions for them. It turned out into plenty of abandoned or unused space in the modern center. Since 2012 more and more young entrepreneurs use this space following Western trends with Russian specific. Does any investor come to art scene? Where do we meet censorship or discrimination? Is it easy to run your own bar, coffee shops, showroom or craft workshop in the second biggest city in Russia? Let’s see how it works and discuss political and cultural aspects and try to find something unique behind the global trends.

I'm Olya. I'm not a tour guide but an activist relating with creative spaces and modern culture scene since 2012, now work in civic educational project ‘Trava’.

The tour is flexible according to the weather, your interests and events happening in the places. We might see the oldest art-center squatted by underground artists and musicians in early 90's, 10 year old space in the former bread factory, designers spot and modern creative spaces. I'll tell the last history of creative spaces, recommend some design shops and cozy cafe and bars. We can visit some exhibitions and sometimes events, try local streetfood. I'd give you extra contacts and recommendations based on your interest. So I'll be your local guide in the scene. And we'd discuss politics, globalization and try to find something unique behind the global trends.

Dear tourists, I can't be available every day to host a tour so please don't pay for it until I confirm it with a customized (not automatic) letter.

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Only your group
Only you, your friends or family will be on the tour. Time on this excursion is time spent with loved ones.
Personal guide
Always at your disposal, your guide will tailor your program and suggest places of interest for children, where to eat and what to see.
The cost of an individual excursion is comparable to the cost of a group excursion if you are going with someone else.
3500 ₽
per person
Full refund for cancellations up to 48 hours
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Offer for 1 person
3500 ₽
per person
Offer for group of 2-4 persons
2400 ₽
per person
Offer for group of 5-10 persons
2000 ₽
per person
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You can book tour up to 24 hours in advance.
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Grazhdanskaya, 13-15, in the yard

How long your tour will be
3 hrs
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Reviews by travellers
5.0 out of 5
32 reviews
Olga was a great guide, really smart and engaged. As well as showing us some great creative spaces around the city, along the way we had a very interesting conversations about life today in the city.
over 3 years ago
Got to meet really dedicated, interesting, and passionate people and see a little bit of St Petersburg through there eyes. Really appreciate Olya's patience and open-mindedness with our zillions of questions. We learned a lot and got to see parts of St Petersburg that we would never have encountered otherwise (or had the knowledge to appreciate). Really inspiring to meet so many people who are working to change things and build a future that is more inclusive, vibrant, and equitable for all.
about 4 years ago
We loved our tour with Olya. She showed us places we would not have been able to find by ourselves. Her knowledge of creative spaces is extraordinary. We really enjoyed our time with her. Also, she gave us some great tips for the rest of our time in Saint Petersburg and also in Moscow. Can not recommend highly enough.
about 4 years ago
Another side of St Petersburg: the liveliest and enriching side.
over 4 years ago
A unique and interesting tour for all those who want to see also other things than the main touristic attractions. Olya is a great and enthusiastic guide, who also gave us other tips for the rest of our stay. Warmly recommended!
over 4 years ago
almost 5 years ago
We had an amazing tour with Olga :) she is a lovely guide and even better person ! She provided us with tons of information and tips we never would have found out about by ourselves. We've already been back to some of the places she showed us and they were great ! Thanks again ! <3
about 5 years ago
Marylene B.
Idéal pour prendre le pouls de cette ville en pleine effervescence artistique. Olga est formidable! je recommande chaudement cette visite!
about 5 years ago
We had the most amazing tour of creative usages of spaces. Olya was a wonderful guide. Insightful and fun, knowledgeable and clever. We would go back again for more!
about 5 years ago
she is a great tour guide and give me many special information. If you come to st peterburg don't miss her tour!!
over 5 years ago
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