Bushe, Cafe in St. Petersburg, Russia

On my first day in Saint Petersburg someone took me to a cafe. At that point, I didn’t know the name of the cafe, how I got there, or how to get back to the University — but the cafe was an inviting place. The decor was simple: wooden tables and chairs, plain white walls, […]

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Soulmate Cat Cafe in St. Petersburg

Coffee and cats – what could be better? One thing that many students studying abroad have in common is the yearning to see their beloved pets again. Not all students are ready to return home, but many of them simply miss their pets and are in dire need of some animal cuddling. Luckily for my […]

Шоколадница – The Cafe King of Moscow

Шоколадница / Shokoladnitsa Locations across Moscow Hours vary by location Budget: ~600 rubles for meal Website Looking for a quiet place to enjoy great food and get some studying done? Check out one of Moscow’s ubiquitous Шоколадница (Shokoladnitsa) branches—they are absolutely everywhere! With around one hundred cafés in Moscow alone, you will have no trouble […]

Craving the Coffeeshop Company in Moscow

The Coffeeshop Company Multiple locations throughout Moscow Hours vary by location Budget: 300 rubles for coffee, 900 rubles for a snack included (maximum) Website Coffeeshop Company is a unique franchise founded in Vienna, Austria and the menu reflects its cultural roots. Moscow boasts harboring about thirty Coffeeshop Company cafés across the city. While I was […]

Podil District in Kyiv

Podil: Persons, places, and things from my favorite district in Kyiv Free and always open Month of April, 2017 Photojournalism by Rebekah Welch Podil, podil, podil. If you ever go to Kyiv, all the Ukrainians you meet will tell you that you have to go to Podil. Once, a particularly pompous Russian professor even went […]

Two Cafes in Warsaw: Sipping Coffee, Studying, and Socialising (Paradox and Wrzenie Świata)

Paradox Café 2 Anielewicza Street 10am-12pm Drinks for about $2-3 Wrzenie Świata 7 Gałczyńskiego Street 9am (10am on weekends) – 10pm Drinks for about $2-3 One thing that I love the most about Warsaw is that there is always a cafe or coffeehouse nearby, no matter where you are located. As I am not much […]

The Coffee House in Bishkek

The Coffee House 27/1 Gorky St. 9:00- 23:00 Coffee and Snack from $5 I decided to try another coffee place close to the London School called The Coffee House, which is conveniently located inside the Vefa Shopping Center. Overall, it is a good coffee shop, however, not my preference even considering the proximity to the […]

Relax Coffee in Bishkek

Relax Coffee 140 Toktogul Street 8:00- 24:00 Meals from about $10 For ex-pat (homesick) food, I recommend Relax Coffee to anyone in Bishkek. Although it is the most expensive restaurant I’ve personally been to in Bishkek (with bills around around $10), Relax is worth every penny. It is like an Applebee’s or Chili’s, but honestly […]

Cup and Cake Coffee in Bishkek

Cup and Cake 9:30-12:00 (P.M.) 114 Gorky Street At a certain point, everyone just wants a great café to drink coffee, catch up on work, and enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. Luckily there are a few coffee shops near the London School and since I love coffee, I am determined to try each and every one. […]

Castro Cafe in Irkutsk

Castro Café / Кастро Кафе 130й Квартал ул 3 8:30 – 23:00 Meals from $5 VK.com/CastroCafe Castro Café provides a scene familiar to anyone who has spent time as a college student and needed to find a place outside the house to study. The café exhibits all the hallmarks of a coffee-house located in a […]

All About Anticafes in St. Petersburg

Anticafes in St. Petersburg Hang out and meet locals Multiple Locations in St. Petersburg Russian: антикафе. Also called a free space (свободное пространство), time-club (тайм-клуб), or time-cafe (тайм-кафе) Anti-cafes are “free spaces” for you to relax with friends, keep busy with wi-fi, play board games or video games, drink tea and coffee, nom on some […]

Summer Study Spot: Roślina Cafe

Roślina Cafe Efraima Schroegera 80 (Metro Stare Belany) Coffee from 7.5 PLN; Meals from 40 PLN Find them on Facebook Wandering around Stare Belany, one can find old churches, picturesque pathways, Polish cottages with ‘eyelid’ windows, and an abundance of cafes. One in particular catches the eye while walking down Schroegera. Like moths to flame, […]

Seven Places in Moscow Where You Can Eat For ~200 Rubles

With the current exchange rates, Moscow is a remarkably affordable place for foreign students. However, we should all be careful with budgets – even as we are adventurous in trying to new places. Here is a line up of remarkable and affordable places to eat around Moscow. This list was originally offered by the Facebook […]

Tea 42 in Moscow

Cafe 42 ул. Красноказарменная, 23, Москва Hours: 9:00-23:00 Closed: Sunday Meals from 350 rubles+ Tea42cafe.ru 8 (919) 992-62-11 Tea 42 is located about 15 minutes walking distance from the Higher School of Economics dormitories at Aviamotornaya. This is my favorite place in the area to get work done or relax. It’s quiet and spacious. Like […]

OMG! Coffee in Moscow

OMG! Coffee ул. Старая Басманная, 6, стр. 3 M-F: 08:30 – 23:00 Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 23:00 Prices: 300 rubles + OMGcoffee.net I think I’ve found my go-to cafe for lunch near the Higher School of Economics classroom building on Staraya Basmannaya. Apparently, it’s also the go-to place for many other local business people. When we […]

Michel’s Bakery in Vladivostok

Michel’s Bakery/Пекарня Мишеля ул. Суханова 6а, Владивосток, Россия Hours: 9am-11pm everyday; Meals from $9 Michelbakery.ru Rumors of western culture crossing the border into Russia have a knack for creating quite a stir. This is especially true when their arrival is expected in the Far-Eastern, long-time closed city of Vladivostok. As the city’s primary external influences […]

Adriano Coffee in Bishkek

Adriano Coffee AdrianoCoffee.kg 87 Isanova Street/Исанова 87 Open 24 Hours Tea and Coffee for $1.50-$2.50 Meals for $2-$6 Bishkek is full of comfortable, wifi-equipped coffee shops, where you can spend hours with your work and a pot of tea without getting any dirty looks. Cafés are particularly pleasant this time of year, when most are decorated […]

Bistro Coffee and Pizza in Bishkek

Bistro Coffee and Pizza 115 Ibraimov St./ул.Ибраимова 115 Pizzas from 245 som ($4.70), other entrées from 200 som ($3.84) Bistro Coffee and Pizza recreates a European-style café in the heart of Bishkek with charming décor, sidewalk seating, and fresh Italian favorites. While it might not be the traditional experience you came to Kyrgyzstan looking for, […]

Coffetory in Vladivostok

Кофетория Кафе // Coffetory Cafe ул. Светланская 61 // 61 Svetlanskaya Street 10am-1am Fanciest, decently priced cafe in Vladivostok www.coffetory-vl.ru Coffetory Cafe is the swankiest place I have been to here in Vladivostok. It is also the place of choice for many of my Russian friends to meet for lunch or dinner. It is the […]

Shoko Cafe in Vladivostok

Шоколадница Кофейня // Shokoladnitsa Cafe ул. Светланская 13 // 13 Svetlanskaya Street 9:00am-12:00am Tasty, chocolatey treats Shoko.ru/Vladivostok Shokoladnitsa Cafe (or just simply Shoko) is a chain of cafes around Russia that are known to serve a variety of sweets and desserts. This is the Vladivostok review. There are two locations of Shoko (as it is […]

Friends Cafe in Vladivostok

Friends Cafe Семеновская ул., 25a // 25a Semenovskaya Street 8:30am-9:00pm Small, cute cafe with tasty treats   Friends Cafe is a quaint, sit-down, little arts cafe hidden off Semenovskaya Street on the way from the university down to the center. If you take the #38 bus going into the center, you can get off at […]

Anti-cafe in Vladivostok

Антикафе “Отдел Культуры” // Department of Culture Anti-Cafe Светланская ул., д.5 // 5 Svetlanskaya Street Monday 6:00pm-12:00am Tuesday 12:00pm-4:00am Wednesday 12:00pm-12:00am Thursday 12:00pm-12:00am Friday 12:00pm-4:00am Saturday 10:00am-4:00am Sunday 10:00am-12:00am Coolest Hangout Spot in Vladivostok anti-cafe.org One of the coolest places to hangout in Vladivostok happens to be part of the anti-cafe movement. The “Department of […]

Five O’Clock in Vladivostok

Five O’Clock Admirala Fokina Street, 6 11 am – 11 pm Daily $3-6 for Good Coffee  / English-Speaker Solidarity www.five-oclock.ru Looking for a place in Vladivostok that resembles England? A place that you can hold pleasant conversation with a variety of great British rock in the background? I found the place for you! The Five […]

Masal Cafe in Bishkek

Masal Cafe/Масал Кафе Эркиндик и Чуй Meals $4 and up The Masal Cafe is in an ideal location, just a block from Ala-Too Square in one direction and Oak Park in another. It sits on the corner of Erkindik and and Chuy right across from the end of one of Bishkek’s typical, long parks. Because […]

“Beautiful Green” Vegetarian Cafe in St. Petersburg

Beautiful Green/Прекасная Зелёная http://labelleverte.ru/ Моховая Улица 41 10:00-23:00 weekdays 11:00-23:00 weekends Meals from $7 Прекрасная Зеленая (Prekrasnaya Zelenaya; Beautiful Green) Café filled a hole in my heart I didn’t even realize was there. Everything about this place is heartwarming and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I discovered it on a cool Saturday afternoon in […]

“Ideal Cup” Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

Idealnaya Chashka/Идеалная Чашка http://idealcup.ru/ Садовая Ул. Д. 25 Mon-Fri 7am-11pm Sat-Sun 8am-11pm Lunch for around $10; Coffee/Tea for $3-5 Идеальная Чашка (Idealnaya Chashka; “Ideal Cup”) is the oldest and one of the most successful St. Petersburg coffeeshop chains. The menu is extensive, offering a variety of sweet treats and lunch snacks like sandwiches and wraps. […]

I’m Thankful for Today Cafe and Bar in St. Petersburg

I’m Thankful for Today Cafe and Bar Гороховая ул., 24 10am-3am everyday Meals from $10   This small chain of restaurants in St. Petersburg offers an attractive atmosphere, friendly staff, and reasonably priced food. I stumbled upon the place by accident on one of my many “lost in the big city” outings. It wasn’t very […]

Coffee Station: The Sweetest Coffee Shop in Saint Petersburg

Coffee Station http://vk.com/coffeestation 26, Некрасова ул., Saint Petersburg, Russia Hours of Operation: M-F 8.00 -22.30, Sat-Sun 9.00-22.30 Drinks from 70 rubles    I have a romanticized, film-inspired, over-the-top corny imagination. It leads my mind to conjure images of many “perfect” days, several of which begin sitting at a boutique coffee shop, writing the next great […]

Karavaev Brothers’ Culinary Shop in Moscow

Кулинарная лавка братьев Караваевых/ Karavaev Brothers’ Culinary Shop karavaevi.ru ул. Щепкина, 33 Hours: 8:00 – 23:00 Average meal: $12-15 (20% discount on entire menu after 19:00) The network of «Кулинарные лавки братьев Караваевых» (Karavaev Brothers’ Culinary Shop) seems to be exploding in popularity as of late. With 13 locations scattered throughout the center of Moscow […]

Brooklyn Local Cafe in Saint Petersburg

Brooklyn Local Cafe наб. канала Грибоедова, 27 Mon-Fri 9:00-23:00 Sat 11:00-2:00 Sun 13:00-21:00 Meals from 111 Rubles http://vk.com/brooklynlocal The beautiful Bank Bridge or Griffin Bridge is a Saint Petersburg icon, frequently seen on postcards, tourist brochures, and is the emblem of FINEC/UNECON. What you don’t often see is the unobtrusive Brooklyn Local Café, situated comfortably […]

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv Оболоньский просол, 1А Киев Located between Minska and Obolon metro stations Dreamtown is where American mall meets Disney world – in Kyiv, Ukraine. From shopping to delicious food to exciting activities, this is much more than any shopping center. While visiting Dreamtown won’t deepen your understanding of Ukrainian history […]

Biblioteka Restaurant Project in St. Petersburg

Biblioteka 20 Nevsky Prospekt (Metro Nevsky Prospekt) Open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Meals from 230 rubles The future of St. Petersburg is looking pretty ambitious. Just look at “projects” like Etagi, Stirka, and Novaya Gollandia, where a lot of things are happening under one roof (or in Novaya Gollandia’s case, on one open […]

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