Le Moniteur is in that part of the city I enjoy walking around in but which always had too few cute cafes to sit at after the long walk. I was happy to hear that something new had opened here, on the edge of Vassilyevsky island.
I was also glad it’s something non-chainy, small, vegan-friendly and has an agenda, not only a menu.
The music is vinyl-powered (you could bring your own vinyl and ask them to put it on). They sell literature/cinema magazines in Russian (and there are some free ones to read, too!). And there is an “Erika” typewriter so you could write up the review in old school style if you wanted to.
I like that the light is dimmed, so when I sat at my table, I never wanted to leave this spot. The vinyl music was so soft, my orange juice so refreshing, the old saucer under my cup so cozy.
You can find some breakfast options (syrnyky? porridge?) and sandwiches for lunch. There are vegan cakes, too.
And coffee! Sure, you can have coffee (I tried the “americano”, and it was good).