I must say that Artemy Lebedev‘s café is very different compared to many restaurants and clubs run by well-known Russian designers. Basically Lebedev is very famous for his nonconformist design style and a special approach to culture of food.
Lebedev’s quirky café-restaurant on Zhukovskogo street is the only one in St. Pete. Once in, it feels like if you came to see a friend who has a big extraordinary collection of curious little things. How do you like a grater as a lamp on the ceiling?
For me there’s nothing better than to come here on a rainy day, take a book from the windowsill and warm up with rich Krasnodar tea or Raf-coffee with cinnamon. When I meet up with friends, we always take one of those board games and spend hours playing.
By the way, Lebedev café is one of the few places in the city which has a popular Italian tradition of caffe sospeso. Just ask a friendly staff about a “free” cup of coffee anytime Oh, and don’t forget to bring some extra money for unexpected shopping because there are SO MANY wonderful items and gadgets in Lebedev’s store in the next room!