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.

The place is unique, and not just because it is really vegetarian, without any traces of meat, chicken, fish or seafood. Besides, it is based on traditional principles of Vedaic philosophy,  including the idea of prasada. Names of certain dishes are difficult to pronounce, but the explanation of all ingredients is always present, so you can be sure of what you are eating.

Like in all cafes, here you can enjoy music, mostly traditional oriental or some other folk music. The music is never too loud, so you can easily talk to your friends. The cafe offers a very moderate choice of wines, and smoking is not allowed.  On the shelves you can find spiritual and fiction books including the Bible and Bhagavata. the cafe is an ideal place for a romantic date. Dim light and cozy sofas relax body and soul, waiters are never annoying, so you can enjoy total privacy.

From time to time the Cafe invites musicians, poets or some famous spiritual leaders or yogis, and sometimes it offers lessons of Vedaic or vegetarian cooking.

The choice of dishes is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, however, for the latter the choice is rather limited. Anyway, it is the only place in the city, where vegetarians and vegans can feel absolutely free and relaxed, because many of them often find it upsetting to visit a cafe where meat is cooked and offered.

The cafe is located ul. Bogdana Khmelnitskogo 29, which is far from the downtown, but it’s worth a visit anyway.



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

  1. Christine:

    This is so great to hear! I visited Novosibirsk in 2007 and had no idea where to find a place suitable for vegans. I would very much like to visit again and try out this restaurant!

    • Olja:

      Christine, thank you so much for your comment! In 2007 there was no vegetarian cafe in the city. This one struggles through very strong competition, too. I didn’t write about that, but this cafe had to close, because it had enormous debts, but soon after it opened again thanks to an Indian restaurant owner, who manages one more cafe in Novosibirsk. The choice of dishes has changed, but the cafe is still vegetarian.

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