The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

in which one might yet stay classy.

Note #3

"Beer-salons, tea-rooms, and eating-houses are frequented by the lower classes only." (xxvii)

So if you care to dine and stay classy, mind that you stick to - eh hem - proper restaurants.

Bonus note

Travellers should note that, in Russia, a delicatessen - гастроном - is a wonderful thing. Not only can you purchase cheese and sausage: you can often sit down to a perfectly good lunch in the attached restaurant. Lunch can be had for a song, and you will find yourself in perfectly respectable company. (xxvii)

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