More and more Russians in St. Petersburg now have a form of disposable income, and the range of how much is huge! So the range and quality of products available continues to increase at both ends of the spectrum.
The trend towards commuting to large supermarkets on the city outskirts has certainly taken off over the past decade – mainly due to the growth in vehicle ownership.
These larger outlets obviously buy in huge bulk and maintain more competitive prices than their smaller city centre counterparts.Eating out
There are now hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafés in St. Petersburg to suit all tastes and budgets. In some places 10 USD can get you a good first course meal with a beer or soft drink – in others it will just about get you a beer. It really does depend upon how lavish you want your lifestyle.
There are some organisations that use bizarre schemes for judging the prosperity of a country. One such method is gauging the price of a McDonalds' Big Mac - for those who eat them (and those conducting such research!) they were 86 roubles each (in September 2013). Incidently, there are well over 50 McDonalds' restaurants in and around the centre of Saint Petersburg.Fuel (petrol/gasoline)
The general energy costs in Russia are much lower than in Europe. Fuel of octane grade 95 (Super), used by the majority of vehicles, is priced at around 33 roubles a litre.