There’re so many jokes about hipsters, but they know what to do when it comes to reviving former industrial areas. The most recent example is Khlebozavod #9, which used to make bread years ago. The residents are just joining the project and renovation is not over yet but I can suggest some places already.
One of the first spots to appear was the Volchok clothes brand, one of the leading ones in Russian street-wear. Even with a dozen of residing brand their location remains stylish with its wooden facade. Another place to go is Asia supermarket – they are one of few spots that sell original Asian stuff, but the most exciting is that they serve huge bowls of pho, soup from South-East Asia. I’ve tried it several times and just one course is enough to keep you satisfied.
Moreover, the spot already hosts several coffee shops, lecture centers and small accessories brands. The location is also suitable for parties; when I was passing by the huge shed, I would have never known that it would have made for an event space.
The neighborhood is getting better week by week. When I went there in March for Volchok, the whole area was just a pitiful copy of neighboring Flacon (check the article “Flacon”) but now life fills Khlebozavod. With the new residents more visual elements are appearing: craft pub in a cargo container, several Russian design stores & a bunch of graffiti. Don’t forget to hill at public terrace once it’s sunny;)