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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 #132 of 7,657 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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86% Recommend
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Date | Rating
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  • English first
  • French first
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Gaziantep, Gaziantep, Turkey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Good cafe, perfect place and service are god also. Littbe bit crowded so because of that it is noisy. But sight view compansate this noise. Try and drink a cup of earl grey tea while watching kazan cathedral.

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reykjavik, iceland
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Singer café provides a welcome break while strolling on the Nevsky Prospect. Menu is available in english and they serve both food and pastries. We had blinis, Cesar salad and pastries which were all very tasty. Service was quite helpful and friendly. The café has an old world charm and a beautiful view of the Kazan cathedral.

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Istanbul, Turkey
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Ask for a tea pot of Earl Grey and enjoy the view of Kazan Cathedral and delicious deserts :)The cheese plate and tost was especially good for breakfast.

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Boston, MA
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180 reviews 180 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

After our visit to the bookstore we had a delicious, relaxing lunch break at the upstairs café overlooking the Nevsky Prospect and the Kazan Cathedral. The menu was in English and you can select a sweet or savory pastry from the display cases as well as ordering from the menu. The food and service were very good and our very... More

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Istanbul, Turkey, Europe
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

If you need a break during sightseeing, cafe singer is a nice spot with a perfect view looking kazan cathedral. Not much choice on hot dishes. Russian blinis are tasty. Choice on desserts is good. A little on the pricey side- for the location of course.

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Launceston, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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519 reviews 519 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
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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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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