Ukop, which in Russian means “dill”, is a vegetarian, vegan, and raw establishment. There are two branches, but I always go to the one on Malaya Konyushennaya because it’s a more convenient location for me. Just a skip away from Nevsky and nestled on a quiet walking street, this cafe is relaxing and cheerful.
One of the reasons why I love this place is that the experience is a feast for my eyes. The food is presented beautifully, but that’s not the only pleasant thing to admire; there are all kinds of delightful objects to catch your attention: pictures, knick knacks, retro sports equipment…The colorful wooden interior and bright decorations create a feeling of delicacy, which I think is a perfect compliment for the food served.
Ukrop proudly offers healthy meals of fresh veggies and ingredients that are seldom met in Russia such as sweet potatoes, hemp seeds, quinoa, and hummus. Their pledge to healthy food creates the opportunity for innovative and interesting dishes. I come to Ukrop to enjoy a salad with a glass of wine.