How it works:
- Most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- Version 1: charging a higher price from what was advertised or in the menu due to hidden fees.
- Version 2: providing different food from what was ordered, charging for items not ordered.
- Version 3: pricing in grams but misleading you to think that it’s in a whole portion.
- Version 4: buying fake positive reviews on TripAdvisor (spiked during the World Cup in 2018).
- Moscow: Arbat Street, Izmailovsky Park
- St. Petersburg: Peterhof Grand Palace area
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places (use food review apps like Afisha) and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (best day tours platform in Europe) has a couple of food tours.