As I live far from Coffelosophy, I can visit it only so often. I was relieved when the same team opened a new spot, Paradnaya, in my part of Saint Petersburg.
Paradnaya is cozy and the coffee is great, also there are plenty of refreshments to choose from (I prefer cherry-filter, it’s batch brew coffee with cherry juice and ice cubes to cool the coffee part off). It’s new so it’s not as crowded as Smena YET.
The name of the spot is interesting: paradnaya means “the front entrance to the apartment building”. St. Pete was the the capital for 206 years (1712-1918) and many buildings were built during those times for families and individuals who had lots of domestic help and servants.
Every building, therefore, had “paradnaya”, a nice entrance with wide stairs and beautiful walls, and there was also somewhere a back door where servants could walk through. Now all the apartments and entrances are equally valid, but some people have apartments on the “masters’ side” and others have those on the “servants’ side”. If you walk around, you see only paradnayas; lurk into the yards to see the back entrances. This spot’s name reminds us of this distinction.
There’s also Urbanfresco art wall in front of the spot! Come to see new pieces.