I walked by this spot many times before I finally made it inside. It always intrigued me because on the street outside they advertise not only coffee, but books and kisses as well.
This place is not only a cafe but also a library and in the back room, it’s a restaurant/bar. The two rooms are completely different from one another in their style and function. Apparently the concept of the front room, which is the library/cafe is that you can donate books for credit in the cafe, you can pay for a coffee by kissing a stranger there, and if you purchase one of the books in their collection (for 45-145 rubles), the money is sent to an orphanage.
At last when I poked my head inside, my curiosity was further piqued: apart from the books lining the walls, there are tons of entertaining things that embellish the interior. If you look up from your book or meal for a moment, you are surrounded by items to ponder. I find this spot to be a great rainy day, curl-up-with-a-book, kind of place. The interior with brick accents, red chairs that hang from the ceiling, and soft beams of golden light are warming. I find something comforting about being surrounded by shelves of books and being able to pick them up and flip through, and linger.
Beyond coffee, Myzhenati’s menu includes spare ribs, salads, soups, sweets, and other foods to excite your taste buds.
Myzhenati | Coffee & tea, Shopping, Restaurants (Intern.) | Big Latte RUB 140
Rubinshteyna 11 | +78124564474
11:00 – 23:00 daily