I like to walk. I really like to walk through cities. To walk in circles, to walk in any destination possible. To walk in general.
Once, I was walking around near Tchkalovskaya subway station and I went to the yard to see what was there. In St.Pete, I do it all the time. You never know what will be there. A cat? A graffiti drawing? A store? A garden? A cafe?
This time it was an Izba straight from a Russian fairytale. I blinked. The Izba remained at its spot. I went inside.
Special souvenirs, weird board games, freaky jewelry, herbal tea, live music, poetry slams, knitting lessons — anything could happen here. People of Caledonian Forest are really nice and kind, relaxed and creative. It’s a “time cafe” (when you pay for the time spent, and coffee or tea with biscuits are free) but on a donation basis.
There are no Facebook pages or websites but you can scroll down their VK fan page (in Russian).
The main thing about Caledonian Forest is that it blows the mind of a regular citizen. It’s nothing like a restaurant, it’s not a friend’s place. It’s something magical, and you must enter it and explore it for yourself.