Lavka Pisateley Saint Petersburg

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Lavka Pisateley – Coffee and postcards

There’s more than coffee and postcards here! There are a lot of books, but they’re in Russian. Also, there’s some history of the place.

You might’ve already seen inside the Don Knigi (House of Books) at the Griboedova/Nevski. That beautiful Singer house (there was a Singer sewing machines store there at 1902) became a bookstore in 1919. But it’s not the only one bookstore with a history!

Lavka (in Russian “stall”, meaning it’s not that posh or huge) was opened after the Revolution, in 1934, by order of the First Meeting of Soviet Writers. The initiative was brought by Maxim Gorky whose books you could easily find being sold here now (in Russian).

Lavka has also acted as a literature club. The location is perfect and the most central possible. Now the owners try to continue this tradition and get writers to speak with the audience (look up the events at their VK fan page).

Come to browse through some souvenir books, artsy postcards – or just sit, rest and get some coffee. It’s in the center of Nevski, so chances are you will be walking past Lavka often.

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Details about this spot



Nevsky 66, Saint Petersburg

Opening Times

10:00 - 22:00 daily


Cappuccino: RUB 160

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