How are opening hours in tourist areas, sport clubs, malls, etc. in Moscow and St Petersburg?
Is it like Europe that in the evening (like 7 PM) there are almost no open malls or clubs?
In Saint Petersburg (as in many big Russian cities) malls (торгово-развлекательный центр or гипермаркет) mostly work from
22:00. Also (if you need some basic foodstuff) there are many
24/7 food supermarkets (супермаркет, продукты) in Russia like Перекресток, Пятерочка, Лента, Азбука вкуса, Карусель, Полушка, etc. Such supermarkets accept Visa & MasterCard by the way.
There are many sport clubs (спортивный клуб, фитнес-центр) which work from
23:00, but not all. It seems there are only 3 waterparks (аквапарк) in St. Petersburg, and they work about from
Work schedules of banks (банк) are very variable. You need to check it yourself for accuracy. By the way there are too many
24/7 ATM points (банкомат) which may be placed in common places or be accessible even if the its bank office is closed.
Museums (музей) work generally from
10:00, but while there are may be very long turns, you should borrow your place beforehand. For example, The State Hermitage (Эрмитаж) works mainly from
18:00 except Mondays when it's closed. The Russian Museum (Русский музей) works mainly from
18:00 except Tuesdays. And so on.
St. Petersburg subway stations (метро) are opened to entrance about from
0:30, but there is own schedule for each station.
You may find many firms and check its work times at http://2gis.ru (in Russian only, but they have offline mobile and PC apps also).
Medium-sized food chain shops are open from
22:00. Smaller shops are often
24H. Malls close as early as
20:00 (and might open later).
Note that in Russia, you can't buy booze after
21:00 ~ 23:00 (varies per region) even if shop is open. Sometimes you can buy something unofficially (don't count on this, especially in Moscow).
In Theatres, performance usually starts at
If we're talking music clubs, live performance usually start at
20:00, often delayed, and ends before midnight. If we're talking about nightclubs, as their name implies, they work even later.
Many restaurants open at noon and close around midnight or an hour earlier; in order to staff & visitors get home via subway without problems. Some are open
Museums often close at
19:00 and stop accepting new visitors at
18:00. No idea about sport clubs, I guess some might run all night.
Note that in Russia, banks behave like most commercial shops: Many close at
20:00, work on saturdays and some even open on sundays (usually with shortened work hours).
Don't expect to find many cafes open before ten in the morning.
In smaller cities or on outskirts this may vary, usually towards shorter work times.