Dyadya Fadi takes some navigation skills to find, but generously rewards with the city’s best falafel and some of the finest conversation.
It’s only a few hundred steps away from the most central part of the Nevsky Prospect, behind the former city duma building which is now occupied by the Rimsky-Korsakov Musical School. You step into a gateway next to the Tea House vegetarian cafe, turn right and open the gate (this may require a code). The musical school is on your right, and little bits of music crash through the yard. Once through the gate, dial the flat number on the entry phone, and enter a ground-level flat on your right. Take off your shoes and hang your coat, pet Shnitt the cat (he’s really lovely) and speak to the owner (or sometimes his deputy).
You see, Dyadya Fadi (Uncle Fadi’s) is no ordinary cafe. It’s called “Home for Friends”, and is obviously a labour of love for Fadi, who if I’m not mistaken is originally from Syria, and for his friends, rather than a commercial project. It may not even be a cafe as such, as its strikingly tasty vegan falafel wraps are cooked in an ordinary kitchen, and the room where food is served only has four tables.
N.B. gate entry code 2-4-6-0