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The best ways to get roasted in Saint Petersburg, Russia

The best ways to get roasted in Saint Petersburg, Russia

by Anne Shirley a month ago
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  • 1. Aesthetic perfection of Studio 212 Cafe
  • 2. Breakfast and coffee all day at CIVIL Coffee Bar
  • 3. Pastel fantasy by Babe's Bakery
  • 4. Creative experiments with aroma and taste at Character Coffee
  • 5. Introvert’s paradise and more at Pitcher
  • Evolution of coffee
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The coffee aesthetics of St. Petersburg has been developing exponentially over the past decade. The daily rituals of modern society involve coffee breaks in beloved cafes and shifts from traditional office buildings to homey coffeehouses. Here you can comfortably work at your laptop, disturbed only by an urge to have a cup of steaming hot americano with a crunchy croissant. And who would not want to swap out their stressful and crowded office environment with a friendly atmosphere of a cozy coffee shop?

Picking the right place seems like Sophie's choice, but no worries! We wholeheartedly accepted this high-caloric path, visited all major coffee shops, and tasted various drinks and desserts. As a result, here is our list of the top 5 coffee places to visit in St.Petersburg.

1. Aesthetic perfection of Studio 212 Cafe
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Studio 212 Cafe
#2169 of 13505 cafes in Saint Petersburg, Russia
6th Krasnoarmeyskaya Street, 1, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 190005
ClosedOpens at 9AM
Cheesecake
Cheesecake

Perhaps, the most popular cake in the US and in Europe. These cheesecakes are made from Philadelphia cheese. You can buy them almost everywhere - in stores, cafes or restaurants.

The creators of Studio 212 Cafe coffee shop have also founded the similarly named photo studio located in the Lenpoligrafmash technopark. The creative team followed the philosophy of art de vivre (the art of living) in every inch of the coffee shop so that guests could enjoy every moment without the hustle and bustle. The calm aesthetic design, delicious drinks, and desserts create the right atmosphere. You will find a sense of harmony and happiness by ordering traditional americano or cappuccino, fuel yourself with a flat white, and surprise your palette with a chestnut honey raf. The delicate raspberry cheesecake with parmesan is worth a try as well.

 A unique attribute of Studio 212 Cafe is a rich collection of fashion, design, and photography magazines from all over the world. Thus, the aesthetic inspiration from Albert Watson’s and Patrick Demarchelier's masterpieces will be a pleasant addition to the delicious coffee! 

2. Breakfast and coffee all day at CIVIL Coffee Bar
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Civil
#2337 of 8839 pubs & bars in Saint Petersburg, Russia
8th Sovetskaya Street, 4А, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 190961
ClosedOpens at 9AM

The creative team of the Civil Coffee Bar has gained insight into the secret of the best food. It turns out that the best food is breakfast served around the clock! Is this airtight argument not enough for you? Then let us tell you a bit more about this marvelous place.

The owner of this coffeehouse tries to support small businesses by ordering most of the stock from local farmers and suppliers. The team constantly updates the menu and organizes various themed parties, activities, and fundraising events for charities. Apart from using prime coffee beans to make traditional hot beverages, the Civil Coffee Bar offers excellent desserts. For example, Matcha-infused pancakes topped with pistachio cream and ice cream. The pancake batter is savory, and the sweetness comes only from the toppings. That makes the dish not only tasty but very light as well. 

3. Pastel fantasy by Babe's Bakery
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Babe's Bakery
#514 of 13505 cafes in Saint Petersburg, Russia
улица Марата, 30, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 191040
ClosedOpens at 9AM
Cupcakes
Cupcakes

Cupcakes are small cakes made of eggs, butter, sugar, flour, and cream. The dessert can be cooked in a thin paper mold or aluminum cup.

If you admire Wes Anderson and the perfect symmetry of The Grand Budapest Hotel, welcome to Babe's Bakery. Mendl's pastry shop would look exactly like this cafe in contemporary reality: a cozy place with delicate pastel room decor. The confectionery located directly in the coffee store fills the room with the sweet, mouthwatering scents of freshly cooked pastries. The logo of Babe's Bakery encourages everyone to take a pleasant coffee break. And you can follow this advice by ordering a cup of hot latte. But if the amount of caffeine in your blood is already abnormal, try a matcha latte. This creamy and frothy, comforting beverage is made of a special Japanese green tea. You can have it at any time, even before sleep. Forget the fear of restless caffeine nights! 

Babe’s Bakery also boasts a variety of cupcakes that you can preorder: with raspberries, chocolate, coconut, mango, lavender, blueberry filling, and colourful icing. 

4. Creative experiments with aroma and taste at Character Coffee
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Character Coffee
#4 of 7258 coffeehouses in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Fontanka River Embankment, 109, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 190031
ClosedOpens at 9AM
Cinnamon rolls
Cinnamon rolls

These rolls are always associated with home and family evenings. Cinnamon rolls are soft and lush, they are sold in any store and can be ordered at any restaurant.

If you are looking for an impeccable filter coffeehouse, visit this tiny cafe. The baristas here can offer you Chemex brewed coffee, Aeropress coffee, and Hario brew. But if you have not heard any of these terms before, be rest assured, neither have we. But thanks to the experienced team of the coffeehouse, we now know that Chemex brewed coffee is prepared in an hourglass-shaped carafe that looks like a wine decanter with a filter. As a result, we get a strong coffee.

Aeropress is slightly similar to the French press, but the latter doesn’t require pressure. This technique gives you a milder drink.

Hario is a V-shaped glass with interior ridges on the inside. The paper filter should be inserted into the glass before preparing the drink. The final product is very similar to the Chemex brewed coffee. For those who love coffee made by using the manual espresso machine, baristas can prepare tasty traditional beverages. Try the fresh buns and scones to vent your coffee experience.

5. Introvert’s paradise and more at Pitcher
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Pitcher
#1 of 7258 coffeehouses in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Marata Street, 2/73-75, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 191025
ClosedOpens at 9AM
Tiramisu
Tiramisu

It's an authentic no-bake Italian dessert with a coffee flavor. It means 'cheer me up' because of the two caffeine-containing ingredients - coffee and cocoa. Tiramisu is made from espresso-dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone cream.

This cubby cafe will win your heart if you are passionate about experimenting with different coffee blends.

The creative team of the Pitcher keeps inventing new, fascinating drinks, comparing the qualities of coffee beans of various origins and roasts, and coming up with fabulous recipes. Professional baristas always take care of every new customer by giving the right drink and dessert suggestions, such as crunchy waffles or a creamy tiramisu. The regular customers get a pleasant bonus: every seventh coffee is on the house.

And if you are Albert Einstein among introverts and your best pals are a woofer and a book, The Pitcher will greet your trio with open arms. Don’t miss it out!

Evolution of coffee

For the first time, people tasted coffee in Russia in the 17th century. Originally, it was used as a migraine therapy. The history of this beverage has been developing fascinatingly ever since.

During the deficit times in the USSR, people discovered Indian coffee as an exotic delight. The global trend on cappuccinos and lattes began simultaneously with the massive popularity of QSRs at the beginning of the 2000s. But these drinks had not much in common with a good coffee. The modern coffee culture is based on the understanding of different coffee qualities and types based on their origin and roast.

The local coffee visionaries keep experimenting with innovative recipes, expanding the options of ingredients and methods to make each coffee cup a unique experience. 

What is your favourite coffeehouse? Share your best experience in our comment section.

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Vincente (Guest) 19 days ago Request content removal

I have been living in St Pete for three months, and have not heard about these spots before. I used to grab a go-to coffee, but it's often a disappointment. 212 cafe looks cosy, and I'm curious to try a parmesan cheesecake. Thank you for the list and inspiration.

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Polina (Guest) 21 days ago Request content removal

I’m an avid coffeeholic and adore this atmospheric city, so this guide fits the bill for me. Although I’ve been to St. Petersburg several times, never happened to run into any of these coffeehouses. Anyway, Picther seems quite a comfy spot, the other ones are not that attractive.

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