Novosibirsk: Where to eat
Coffee Collective is one more coffee shop close to the downtown. It’s hard to surprise visitors with good coffee, as it is good nearly everywhere, so coffee shops try to surprise with exclusive service, trendy interiors and specialties.
Mr. Cup is another small and cozy place to have a cup of superb and original coffee with a piece of something tasty and sweet. Located Krasny Prospect 13, it invites you to have your drink and meal here overlooking the busy downtown or you can drop in, take your drink and stride off. Whatever you do, the place makes you feel welcome and happy. Friendly and fast service is really able to make your day.
Now all vegetarians, vegans and other fans of healthy food have one more place to go and have a meal. Located in the ‘quiet center’, Sovetskaya Street 8, After Six Cafe is small. cozy, simple, extremely healthy and environmentally friendly. The cafe is not strictly vegetarian or vegan, it offers chicken, fish and turkey as well, in their healthy cooking variants.
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?
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!
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.
It is easy and fast to get back to the USSR right in the center of Novosibirsk. Here, only 2 minutes from Lenin Square, ou can visit a place known as ‘Cafeteria No.1’ (Буфет №1).
Novosibirsk now has more opportunities for healthy recreation. Center MIRA offers a brand new way of spending free time. It opened its doors on September 21, 2013, ul. Dobroluybova 2a, in the building of the River Park Hotel overlooking the river Ob.
The center has fitness and yoga halls, conference halls and knowledge center, center of folk medicine, and a SPA center. It also offers daycare services for little ones.
Exotic culture, exotic clothes, exotic cuisine are now extremely popular in Russia, including Novosibirsk. Cafe Cardamom was opened several years ago and has been gaining popularity since then. It is not just a cafe, but a combination of a cafe and a shop caled ‘Collection of Trifles’ (Коллекция пустяков).
I am nearly a vegetarian. ‘Nearly’ means that I sometimes eat fish and seafood, which true vegetarians never do. 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 to cook some traditional Indian dishes. But from time to time I have to eat out or want to meet with friends or colleagues somewhere in a nice place, and I lacked a cafe or a reatsurant where smoking is not allowed and where there is a good choice of vegetarian dishes. Until the last spring there was no such place in our city, and like all vegetarians in Novosibirsk I was very happy when cafe OM was opened.
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.