What $500 Buys in St. Petersburg

Bruce Hutchinson

Before the wintry chill sets in, St. Petersburg residents are savoring the last bits of warmth at the city’s palaces and parks during the day and its red-hot nightlife after sunset.

Compiled by Candice Chan and John Wogan

A traditional three-course dinner for ten including beets (of course!) and two rounds of Moscow Mules at the four-month-old Café Fartuk, in the historic Tolstoy house. 7-812/764-5256.

Three 90-minute detox aromatherapy massages at the three-month-old Decléor Wellness & Spa Center at the Hotel Astoria. The first St. Petersburg location for the French brand is in good company—there’s also a Carita beauty salon on the ground floor. thehotelastoria.com.

One pair of Vasumaya glasses and a chocolate-colored hooded cloak by local designer Pirosmani at the trendy Banya Concept. The showroom, which opened to the public in January, mixes lesser-known brands with established designers like Vivienne Westwood. banyaconcept.com.

One night in the Mega Room at the brand-new W St. Petersburg, next to the St. Isaac Cathedral. The 137 glistening rooms were inspired by Fabergé eggs, with 24-karat-gold-plated Terzani lamps and white chaises. Alain Ducasse brings his richesse to its restaurant, Mix. wstpetersburg.com.

Two handmade clocks by Russian artist Vilgeny Melnikov of OfelyArt and seven tickets to the year-old Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art on Vasilevsky Island, which holds nearly 2,000 works by more than 140 Russian contemporary artists. erarta.com.

As of July, 1 Russian ruble = 4 cents.