Novosibirsk: City Life

Coffee Academy — a different cafe

IMG_1839     Coffee is no longer a problem in Novosibirsk. In fact, there is too much coffee in Siberia these days, and too many places to have a cup of coffee. Besides, there are loads of small ‘stations’ with coffee-to-go. The quality of coffee is about the same everywhere, and the price is more or less similar, too. Is it possible to surprise coffee fans (and I am one of them) at all?

Park ‘Birch Grove’

 

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‘Birch Grove’, or Birch Park (Berezovaya Roscha) is a park close to the city center but not exactly in the downtown. A hundred years ago it was a city cemetery, and, according to some ‘witnesses’, it is still possible to find occasional human bones there. But it is no more than gossip, as the park exists there for several decades now, and it was rearranged many times. Now it is a big green territory offering various recreation opportunities for the visitors, like bicycle and inline skates rental in summer and skiing, skating and tobogganing opportunities in winter.

Traveler’s Coffee. Not only for travellers.

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There are many places offering good coffee in Novosibirsk, but Traveler’s Coffee has been my personal favorite for many years. And it is definitely not because of coffee only, though it is extremely good here. It is the atmosphere I appreciate, and, however strange it may sound, it is its name. A traveller is not only the one who is on an actual travelin a strange place, but also the one who feels like a traveller staying in his or her home town dreaming of far-away destinations. And Travellers’ Coffee is the right place to feel the atmosphere of remote and exotic places where coffee and tea are grown and where delicious desserts are made.

Initially founded in Novosibirsk by Christopher Tara-Brown, an American, Traveler’s Coffee grew into a chain, which now has cafes in more than 20 Russian cities and abroad, including Ukraine, Kazachstan and even in China!IMG_1457

And everywhere it offers specialty coffee and fine food. A special feature of the chain is that is does not offer any alcohol, so parents should not worry about their teenage children who declare they are going to Traveler’s Coffee to meet friends.

Novosibirsk currently has the chain of 15 cafes, while the new Traveler’s Coffee, located Krasny Prospect 65, is one of the triendiest and definitely is the biggest in the city.

Let’s meet in Traveler’s Coffee for a cup of coffee and speak about travel. Settled?IMG_1459

https://www.travelerscoffee.ru/en

The 14th Festival of Snow Figures

 

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Same date, same place… Again this year Novosibirsk is welcoming the Annual Festival of Snow Figures, as usual in Pervomaisky Park right in the city center.

Celebration of the 120th anniversary of Novosibirsk started!

This weekend our city is celebrating the 120th anniversary. It is a great event for Novosibirsk.

The ‘city birthday’ is always celebrated on the last weekend of June, and this year is no exception, with the only difference that this year the celebration will last three days! It has actually already started today. At 12.00 in the yard of Nikolas Roerich’s Museum we honored one of the former mayors who did a lot for the city and initiated the construction of the metro. Members of his family were invited to ring the so-called ‘bell of peace’. The event was visited by the current mayor, Mr.Gorodetsky, and many other prominent figures, as well as by ordinary citizens.

It was the first event of the celebration, and during the whole weekend there will be plenty of them taking place in all city districts. The celebration will end with a number of great fireworks in several city districts.

If you are in Novosibirsk these days, be sure to visit one of several events. And happy birthday, Novosibirsk!

Annual festival of snow figures in Novosibirsk

The festival of snow figures is an annual event, usually starting on January 8 and finishing on January 12.

Vegetarian Cafe OM — the first and the only of this kind in Novosibirsk

I am a vegetarian. I never liked meat, and I stopped eating it completely after I took interest in culture and way of life in India and other Eastern countries and especially after I bought a book on the Indian cuisine and learned how to cook some traditional Indian dishes. It was 6 years ago. there are absolutely no problems to be a vegetarian and even vegan in Siberia, as the choice of vegetables, fruits and cereals is great in all the shops, supermarkets and markets. The only problem is eating out. most cafes and restaurants offer a lot of everything for meat eaters and vegetarians have to choose between Salad No.1 and Salad No.2. Vegetarian Cafe OM is a little paradise for the ones like me.

Where to drink good coffee in Novosibirsk

There are now a lot of places in Novosibirsk where you can drink good coffee. I’m not a coffee expert, though I love coffee, and I like places where the choice of coffee is wide, not just cappuccino and Americano, where there is a good choice of various dishes, including delicious desserts, and where the atmosphere is nice and comfortable.

Historical and architectural open-air museum

This museum is an open-air department of the Museum of Archeology and Ethnography, located 4 km away from Academgorodok, in a beautiful place surrounded by hills. Its floor area is 46.5 hectares. The museum is accessible by car, bus or bicycle. Normally a visit should be booked and is only possible in a group, but we visited it without a booking, while we were riding bicycles there.

Celebration of the day of Russian flag in Novosibirsk

Yesterday I was walking in the city center and suddenly heard loud sounds of music coming from Lenin Square. I went there and saw a big crowd of people, who seemed to be celebrating something important. I came closer and knew that yesterday, August 22, happened to be the day of the Russian flag! Shame on me, but I did not know that. So I decided to take part in the celebrations, and I was happy to appear at the culmination point — when the flag was being raised high and the parade was starting.