Ligovsky Prospekt (avenue), as Saint Petersburg, is full of stories. Being close to Moskovsky Vokzal (train station) was the first point where migrants used to reach the city, and where pickpockets and gangsters became the owners of the street. Walking by this now youngster, underground and boheme place, I can hardly imagine its dark past. There is the center Pushkinskaya 10, and some blocks away, walking towards Obvodniy Canal, the Loft Etazhi, a complex of restaurants, bars, street food, trendy fashion, markets and art galleries.
Some years ago, when I first visited it, it still was a fresh project that began as an art gallery in an abandoned building, but hasn’t stopped growing since then. Now it’s spread to the yard and some little buildings around it. Passing through a big and heavy door of a stony modernist facade from a century ago are the first street sellers offering books and handicrafts and the “container street”, a yard full of metallic containers upcycled into little shops. Here I come from time to time for a brewed beer at Vyderzha, almost at the entrance, or to drink some warm and great-smelling coffee at Mr. Cat, or just to check comics, magazines or some photo accessories. If looking for food, vegan burgers and pizzas from the Vegan Box are my suggestion.
The floors up the terrace, art galleries and the panoramic view of the city have different events all year, and no matter the weather, they are painted with color every season.