Although Moscow is stuffed with café chains, it is a real challenge to find good coffee in the city. This feature is about the coffee shops and cafes with high quality coffee. Not all of them serve traditional cappuccino and latte, but most likely they can offer you aeropress and chemex coffee instead.
Les Coffee Shop
"Les" (means "forest" in Russian) combines an art venue and a coffee shop, which is a new format for Moscow. During the day it is a great place to have a business meeting, and in the evening it is nice to stay here for a cup of coffee with friends. "Les" could be a great stop during a slow walk along the boulevards, as it not only serves some of the best coffee in the city, but also hosts regular exhibitions of young Moscow artists.
Upside Down Cake & Co
This little cute cafe by Isaac Correa is just pretending to be a simple New York City cupcake shop. Every now and then the cupcakes menu changes, offering a wide selection from the traditional blueberry and "Red Velvet" ones to coconut-pineapple cupcakes or cupcakes with roasted marshmallows. To try them all at once, just order a choice of mini cupcakes. They also serve banoffie pies and puddings (especially delicious is the raspberry-chocolate one) and a full dinner and breakfast menu, including oatmeal with fruit, awesome omelets, bagels, salads and soups of the day. The coffee menu was the responsibility of Anastasia Godunova who was also a brand manager of Iconfood's coffee department, so prepare yourself to be pleasantly surprised.
Les at Museum of Moscow
The popular Les project opened another coffeeshop at the end of June. This time the venue chosen was Museum of Moscow. The entrance to the new 60 sq. m cafe is located in Ostozhenka Street. Small but cozy, it seats up to 30 guests inside and on its summer terrace. The menu features several types of coffee, the price varying from 100 to 300 roubles and pastries from 70 roubles. In the nearest future, they plan to make a small shop here selling kitchenware, books and souveniers. The project's second coffeeshop like the one in Rozhdestvensky Boulevard is willing to host exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
A new wine place at Patriarch's Ponds takes a small but cozy space which invites to stay long. The initial idea was to provide wine, coffee and tea with a minimum of matching snacks but it resulted in an extensive menu with breakfasts and desserts. Try their Eggs Benedict (it takes long to prepare but is absolutely worth a wait) and pancakes. The place also boasts good coffee – praises go to Anastasiya Godunova, co-owner of Good Enough coffee place.