There is a building in the Chinese style on Myasnitsky street in a line of normal houses in the center of Moscow. It is “Chai-Cofe” shop, unusual both inside and outside. The tea house was built between 1890 – 1893 for the founder of the tea company “Perlov and Sons”, S.V. Perlova. The architect Carle Gippius turned it into “the Chinese house” in 1895 – 1896. Such elements as Chinese patterns and a two-level “pagoda” tower were used for this purpose.
The decor insides is also impressive. There are both sculptures, and ornaments, and vases, and carpets. And the wonderful combination of the smell of tea and coffee makes me come back to this shop again and again. There are not only various types of tea and coffee, but also sweets and different crockery for making tea and coffe, like decorated teapots and cermic turkas, in the shop. Frankly speaking, most of all I like to buy cakes in “Chai-Cofe”. They are inexpensive and always fresh. Visitors also can taste some kind of tea during the degustation period (this year it is January and February, for exact dates of tea degustations check the web-site).
The look of the building is an excellent advertisement and attracts clients. “The Chinese house” is always full of visitors.