This is a very St.Petersburg-y spot. I would even say Books and Coffee is the quintessence of the local culture. The art club was started as a literature cafe by famous St.Petersburg writer Aleksandr Zhitnitsky in 2008, then it was closed, changed location and opened again in 2012.
In Books and Coffee you can drink a cup of coffee or tea (check the new herbal teas, they are amazing), read books, have drinks and talk to each other. I suppose that even if you come here on your own, it is impossible to feel lonely. It is sort of having quiet time with yourself. Locals appreciate it :).
Nevertheless, the owners promote the concept of ‘silence area’ in Books and Coffee, the art space has an intensive cultural program.There are art exhibitions, concerts, cinema evenings, performances and meetings with artists. I believe the uniqueness of concerts come from the limited distance between musicians and the audience, it is possible to talk with artists during the events.
Let me put down some additional features of the art club. The spot is eco-friendly, smoking is prohibited. There is no alcohol on the menu, but there are tasty coffee-based cocktails and homemade pastry. Loud talks are not welcomed, so take that into account. If you want to spend an evening like a true St.Petersburg thoughtful person, it is the best place to experience it!