My first official job when I moved to St Petersburg was working as a waitress in a coffee place. Back in 2007 many of them looked like chill-out restaurants: leather furniture, big tables of dark wood, orders taken mostly by waiters and not at the counter, no coffee-to-go service at all. Well, it was fun and VERY local-spirited – one travelling from abroad would love to experience it I guess.
However now the rules of the game have changed. One can order coffee to go at any place and ambitious young entrepreneurs open tiny spots to brew quality coffee while saving on rental costs.
A great example of such a small business is Coffee Go right above Spasskaya metro station. To find it you should take the exit still most well-known as “to McDonalds” – to Efimova street – and turn left so you face some kind of open space with benches and Sadovaya street. In the direction of your left hand you’ll see the warm orange-coloured Coffee Go sign.
The spot is very small: when two visitors sit and three more stand, they basically occupy all the space and justify the name Coffee – Go! To me coffee here tastes good, plus it costs, on average, twice less than in chain coffee shops (don’t miss the daily offers). It will warm your hands during chilly weather and raise your spirit before the long day – they start at unusually early 07:00.