A Russian Grocery Store

Two summers ago, our family went on a 9-day cruise on the Baltic Sea, stopping in 6 different cities. As cruises tend to go, we were only able to spend a day in most of the cities, so this series of posts is all about how we tried to make the most of the short time we had in each one!

During our short time in St Petersburg, Russia we made a quick stop at a grocery store. It was our mom’s idea, and initially you might wonder why in the world would they do that??  But what better way to get a peak into every day life than checking out a local grocery store? And we had a blast exploring it!


At first glance, once you get inside, it looks a lot like a supermarket in the U.S., but we had so much fun going around and seeing the different departments and noticing differences from what we’re used to!


Our favorite was the dessert section, specifically the ice cream! Our favorite find was the tubes of ice cream, just like the tubes of cookie dough we have in the States.

It was also fun recognizing brands that we have in the US but seeing the labels with writing in another language, another alphabet! We spotted Lays potato chips and had fun trying to figure out the flavors by the pictures since we couldn’t read the language. We also found treats and juices with Disney Princess and Cars characters on them. We even found different types of “kid wine” aka sparkling juices, another fun find!


Our tour guide and the locals were definitely getting a kick out of how fascinated we were by everything, its all normal to them! While we learned a lot about the history of St. Petersburg at all of the tourist attractions we visited on our two days in the city, this quick grocery store visit gave us a little peak into everyday life here.

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