Biblioteka – Food And The City
A rather unique place called Biblioteka has recently opened on Nevsky Prospekt.
The most unusual thing about this place is that it is not just a bakery or a restaurant. It comprises a coffee shop and restaurants of different size, as well as a conference room and a flower shop together with a few bookstores all located on three floors of Biblioteka. The whole enchilada is called a fashionable nowadays word “space” where, if you wish, you can spend the whole day.
Do not expect anything special, if you peeped into Biblioteka during a promenade along Nevsky Prospekt and parked yourself on the ground floor. Everything is awfully decent here. You will be offered a good selection of sandwiches and desserts but there is not much space though. The tables are placed practically right next to each other with the waiters running around them. As a result, the hurry-scurry atmosphere is in the air which is perfectly normal for a cafe in the heart of the city that is intended for a quick snack or a cup of coffee.
The prices are rather inexpensive which do nothing but please you:
Fresh juice is 120 rubles,
Biscuits with papaya are 80 rubles each,
Coffee is about 80 to 100 rubles.
Along with the bill you’ll get a special gift which is a classic literary work from “Lenizdat” publishing group edited in a convenient format of a pocketbook. I think you would agree that it is really nice to get off the cafe with “Anna Karenina” or “Idiot” under your arm.
If you have chosen Biblioteka for lunch or dinner, you are welcome to the first floor. Just don’t forget to leave your outdoor clothing in the cloak room on the ground floor. We suggest you choose the marble staircase to reach the second floor instead of the elevator. You will first of all get a chance to view the pictures of St. Petersburg provided by ROSPHOTO gallery on your way up, and secondly, you’ll get some exercise which is good for you.
On the first floor you will find the hall designed as a pedestrian street of the European town with cozy restaurants, flower beds and small shops. Here are located the floral and china shops, “Subscription edition” bookstore and the children’s room as well.
The pricing policy is different here for sure:
Wines by glass from 260 to 440 rubles,
Calf liver – 370 rubles,
Caesar salad with chicken – 340 rubles,
Cream soup of sweet potato – 220 rubles.
The second floor is a conceptual place that is designed for tasting the spiritual food. You will find the lecture hall here which hosts lectures and film screenings, “Everyone is free” book store and a bar, sure thing. We recommend you to visit this interesting and fashionable place to have a look at the trendy folks of St. Petersburg and the city life of Nevsky Prospekt throughout large windows of Biblioteka.
An interesting fact is that the building was earlier “The house of military books” department store, which opened here in 1920 and has been working up until a few years ago.
Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Free Wi-Fi is available
Address: St. Petersburg, 20 Nevsky Prospekt
Phone: + 7 (812) 244-15-94
Transport: Nevsky Prospekt or Admiralteiskaya subway station.
Official site: http://www.ilovenevsky.ru/
Translation by Evgeniya Gavrilova