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Cafe Singer

28 Nevsky Prospect | 2nd Floor of bookstore, St. Petersburg, Russia
+7 812 571-82-23
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Ranked #114 of 7,676 restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $50
Cuisines: European, Russian
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: This famous art nouveau building was designed at the beginning of the twentieth century by architect Pavel Syusor for Singer, the American sewing machine company. His design created a modern 7-storey building with a graceful cupola, crowned with a glass globe; the globe measures some3 metres, and symbolized the worldwide scope of Singer’s activities.The building belonged to Singer until 1917, and thereafter was occupied by the leading publishing company and its storage facilities. At the same time «Dom Knigi» also opened here, becoming one of the largest commercial enterprises in the USSR. The «Dom Knigi» building inspires great affection in all citizens – those born in the city when it was called Leningrad, and the new generation of Petersburgers. The building is an important part of the city’s architectural heritage and much visited by citizens and tourists alike.Café Singer is one of those unique places in the city, which has a genuine Petersburg spirit and an old refined style. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual and the panoramic view of the main city prospect and Kazan Cathedral through the huge windows -spectacular. People like to just sit here and enjoy a cup of good coffee or a pot of freshly brewed tea. The service is discreetly efficient, and the music is laidback. The style is elegant and comfortable – distinctive Venetian green decorative plastering, cosy chairs upholstered in green leather, antique wooden cabinets, fine porcelain and old-world spreading palm trees.Petersburgers love Café Singer at all times of the day and all through the week – business lunch, meeting up after work, pre-theatre, and en famille at the weekends. For visitors, it’s the perfect place to take a break between museums and sightseeing.
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Launceston, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Was advised to try this little gem. I ordered a Blini. Menu was in English and easy to understand. One note if you are allergic to, or don't like onion it is on most things but not listed on menu. Food tasted good, service was friendly and the view wasn't bad either! Most staff understood English and were easy to... More

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Irvine, CA
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This cafe is located on the second floor of a bookstore. The location is great, View of the cathedral and canal and road is amazing. And coffee and light snacks are very well prepared. I loved it so much my first time that I changed my schedule next day just to go their again once more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

To repair yourself from the cold wind and have a rest with a coffee or to enjoy a quiet lunch (the service is even so quiet) with freshly made food, this is your place Nevsky Prospect. Sure, you may eat and drink for less money, especially in the nearest and less touristic neighborhoods, but if you have a walk until... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This café (mostly a bookstore) is in a beautiful building. The interior is also very appealing as is the small café on the first floor that overlooks Nevsky Prospect.

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Washington DC
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It's a bit expensive and our server was hard to wrangle but I didn't care... I was having an experience. :) High quality food and drink and a beautiful airy space overlooking Nevsky Prospect provides much to see. Sat there for hours!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

The huge picture windows frame a great view of the cathedral over the road-- very relaxing away from the hustle and bustle. The Russian beef soup was really tasty, and the Caesar Salad one of the better I've had. A couple of really nice touches--with your beer you get some great wasabi coated nuts, and with a glass of wine... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A tradition of St Petersburg : old traditional dishes with a reliable cuisine. We 've bene there 4 times and the food was always excellent. Kind personnel, very qualified. Extremely good cakes. A place to visit, definitely

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This place is located on the 1st floor of a book store but it is housed in a wonderful old building on St Petersburg's main street. So get yourself a table by the window and not only can you "people watch" to your heart's content but also you get a stunning view of the Cathedral just across the road. The... More

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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Situated within a bookstore and opposite the Kazan Cathedral on Nevsky Prospekt this was a real gem if a find. Beautiful setting, and really relaxing. No hussle or bustle here. The cafe is advertised in the bookstore window, which is how we came across it, and we were delighted by it. Fresh food and gorgeous pastries/cakes are standard. We were... More

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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This restaurant is in the Singer Building, a beautiful art nouveau building that also houses Dom Knigi, a huge book store. The food is better than average, the desserts are very good,and, since the cafe faces Nevsky Prospekt and the Kazan Cathedral, the view is spectacular.

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