Speak easy: It is not always easy to find a small red house with good coffee, handmade desserts and a friendly cat called Saharok (‘sugar’ in Russian). You should go down Mira street from Avstriyskaya square, turn to the first archway from the left side and go inside the yard, following the smell of coffee. TCHK positions itself honestly as a micro coffee shop, so be ready that a couple of chairs near the counter and the only tale can be occupied.
Try first: Coffee professionals with their own coffee school work here, so we advice you not to choose the well-known espresso, talk to the barista about the coffee grain and the ways of roasting and serving and then choose what you wish. Don’t pass the ideal cherry pie with the soft and sweet flavor and half a tree of berries beyond the thin dough (150 rubles).
Speak easy: A hideaway bar two steps from Isaakievskaya square which is always full of tourists. Affordable wine, observant starters, a nice playlist and educated audience (the bar is combined with the graphic cabinet) are the main factors of love. A charming reception can become a special place where one can invite the dearest people.
Try first: It is just good to be and drink here. But a salmon sandwich (220 rubles), avocado on rye bread (180 rubles) and hummus (180 rubles) wouldn’t be bad for anyone.
Speak easy: An ultra stylish Chinese resto bar is hidden behind the flower shop at the Passage shopping mall. There is no special sign at the corner, search for it between departments numbered 52 и 54. If you don’t mind the familiar service, the slow kitchen and rap as soundtrack — go and taste the noodles and colorful dim sams.
Try first: We recommend a mix of dim sams (590 rubles), steamed bao buns with flavors (from 260 rubles) and moti with mascarpone and berries (240 rubles).
Speak easy: Every rider in the world knows this chain of coffee shops, from surfers in Peniche to snowboarders in Sochi. But the spot in Liteyny prospect is special, as you enter in through the shoe store and reach the secret yard with deck chairs and hammocks.
Try first: Try Ginger (249 rubles) and forget the thought that coffee with lemon is ginger is strange and bizarre.
Speak easy: The entrance to the secret room for porto lovers is hidden behind the mirror in the toilet of the neighboring Al Capone bar. The number of bottles is much more than the number of square meters of space, with different sorts of good cheese and olives served as appetizers, you can also talk of jazz and cigars at the bar counter.
Try first: Barrel-aged and rare pink portos and craft cocktails based on stiff wine.
Speak easy: A balcony cafe works at the Palm Orangery of the Tavrichesky Garden. Here, there is no much space, though you can see the neat palms or a lot of light (or the traditional St. Petersburg snow and rain) through a glass roof.
Try first: Raw sugar free cakes for those who try to lose weight (220 rubles), brownies with bacon (180 rubles) or honey tarts with mustard (150 rubles) for brave ones.
Speak easy: Neither the sky nor the wine are hidden from you, but this bar os not very famous even among the local dwellers. It is located at the dead end of Pirogova lane, on the roof of an old building. It offers affordable wines, comfy food like bruschettas and pizzas together with the picturesque view of the dome of St.Isaac’s Cathedral.
Try first: If the weather is good, take a glass of Riesling to the terrace, if it is cold, drink Malbec inside at the table next to the window (wines from 250 rubles). In the morning, come and taste the English breakfast (280 rubles) accompanied by sparkling wine.
Landmarks nearby: Mariinsky Theatre (546m).
Speak easy: The opportunity of drinking coffee and eating a porridge at the inner balcony of the ‘Podpisnye Izdaniya’ bookstore is not a big secret, but you need a piece of advice to go there. You can turn the ‘morning in Russia’s cultural capital’ regime, having breakfast among educated people together with buying books and postcards as gifts.
Try first: The menu is quite small, though you can always taste syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes) and the tasty porridge.
Speak easy: Gin Tonic is a pioneer of modern St.Petersburg speak-easy genre. The local gin headquarters opened their doors on 2013, locating in the yard at the corner of Nevsky and Liteyny. Here, there is a genuine collection of a hundred bottles. the bar’s owners are members of London Gin Guild, while the barmen do their best to serve you the best gin and tonic in your life.
Try first: Negroni Na Rayone (Negroni from the Block) — for him, purple Thai Negroni — for her. For everything else, you can trust the fantasy and the professional qualities of the barman.
Speak easy: This cocktail bar is both secret and known worldwide, as it holds the 39th position in the World’s 50 Best Bars rating. Here, you can reach artisan tequila and Mezcal cocktails, the best tacos in the city, Frida Kahlo’s portrait on the wall, skull-shaped candles and other beauties of our underground Mexico, though you always need to book them beforehands. Cash payment only.
Try first: Forget the classical names and recipes and try the artisan ‘cocktails of the week’ (400+ rubles). Ask authentic and spicy sauces for tacos as they are imported directly from Mexico.