The phenomenon of coffee-to-go has taken Saint-Petersburg by storm. People strolling the city streets with warm beverages in hand has become such a trend that many cafes are specially trying to attract clientele by offering coffee to go for discounted prices.
But beyond the traditional cafes that offer this service, there are some special spots that exist for the sole purpose of take-away beverages and small snacks. Perhaps the most unique in Saint-Petersburg is Rudy’s Coffee To Go. Located in a tiny vestibule on the corner of Belinskogo street and Liteyny Prospekt, this spot is convenient for a grab-and-go drink on your way from or to somewhere in the neighborhood (check the Art Courtyard Zhukovskogo article).
The compact little booth outlooks the busy intersection of the streets but the entrance is protected from the elements and chaos on the inner side where there is a pedestrian passway. It’s somewhat of a funky architectural fluke that makes this venue possible, which I think gives it a special flair. Inside there is just enough room for the bar, equipment, barista, and even two corner stools to rest on as you wait for your freshly made drink. It is cozy but not cramped.
I particularly like Rudy’s for the creative drinks they have – fun and tasty combinations like hot cocoa with rosemary and cayenne pepper. You are free to choose from the pre-established menu or ask the barista to fulfill the desires of your tastebuds with other flavours.