Less than a five minute walk away from the UNECON campus is a restaurant that at first glance is relatively unassuming, but behind the plain brick façade is Mickey and Monkey’s is one of the hippest spots in St. Petersburg. It is not uncommon to see a line of people waiting to be seated extending out the door and around the street corner.
Most of the attention surrounding Mickey and Monkey’s is due to their creative milkshakes. Each milkshake is over a foot tall and topped with an assortment of sweet treats. There are several themes for the milkshakes—the “Ugly American” has peanuts stuck to the outside of the mug and is topped with a hot dog. Another shake, the one I tried was the “Adventure Time”, a berry flavored shake topped with a waffle, a slice of blackberry cake, and an ice cream bar, then surrounded with berry flavored candies and cotton candy. The shakes are all 850 rubles (approximately $13), so a little on the pricier end for a dessert; however, the shakes are definitely worth the experience and can easily be shared between 3 or 4 people.
After trying the milkshake during our first visit to Mickey and Monkey’s my friends and I have returned (frequently) just to buy the cake that we got the chance to first try with our milkshake. The cake slices range from 320-350 rubles (approximately $5), and there are no wrong choices when it comes to flavor (however, the Blackberry is still my favorite). They also offer whole cakes that can be special ordered a few days in advance for a special occasion such as a friend’s birthday.
Even though the desserts are the most famous items on the menu, Mickey and Monkey’s remains one of my favorite restaurants in St. Petersburg due primarily to the atmosphere and the fact that there is not a bad dish on the menu. They specialize in European fare such pasta, soup, and various beef/chicken/fish dishes. My personal favorites on the menu are the Caesar Salad and the Classic Burger. The salad tastes exactly like a Caesar in the US, and the burger is hands down one of, if not the best burger in St. Petersburg. There is also an option to try the burger as part of a milk shake. The “Burger Shake” consists of a vanilla shake topped with one of their classic burgers—this is by far the best value to try both the burger and the shake for just 850 rubles. The average price range for a meal is about 500-1000 rubles without dessert.