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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 #92 of 7,225 restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $19 - $50
Cuisines: European, Russian
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, 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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Ottawa, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I had lunch in the Cafe Singer when I visited St. Petersburg in July 2013. I had arranged to do this when I planned my itinerary with my private guide, Tatiana (Russian Adventures) as I had read about the Cafe Singer in the Travel section of the Globe & mail and it sounded like a neat place to visit and... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This cafe can be found on the main drag in St Petes heading towards the Hermitage. I found the dumplings great & also the coffee and cake. It was pretty peaceful when I visited & had a great view of Kazan Cathedral just opposite. Only downfall slightly on the pricey side but it's worth it

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102 reviews 102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Café Singer was the first place we went to after we had arrived in St Petersburg. The café is housed on the first floor of the former Singer sewing machine company building, which also houses the great "Dom Knigi" bookshop on the ground floor. The Singer buidling is in beautiful art-deco style. From the café and bookshop, you have a... More

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120 reviews 120 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

no pun intended.......although my wife alice and I ate here back in july of 99, I was just recently reminded of that fact just a short while ago...so, pardon the belated review...the building itself is a stunning piece of late 19th century belle epoch architecture....stradling nevski prospect and one of the canals, its a perfect place to stop and have... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Nice place, based in one of the biggest bookshops in St. Petersburg. The view is amazing, and the place is really nice. It's pricey, 160 rublos for an espresso and 360 for a chocolate.

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Turku, Finland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The café is located on the second floor of a book-shop. The large windows afford great views to Nevski Prospekt and the Kazan cathedral. The menu is filled mostly with rather normal European-style pastries, but if you are looking for something else to eat, try the Russian pelmenis! They are hand-made and very tasty!

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London, United Kingdom
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67 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

When wandering along the Nevsky Prospekt, you simply must have a coffee or hot chocolate at this cafe. Yes, it will be a little expensive, but god it was worth it! Also be sure to check out the book amd souvenir store downstairs. But whilst you enjoy your drink, also enjoy the views of the street and of some of... More

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Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This coffee is located in a building just in front of Kazan Cathredal. In the ground floor you can find a library and a gift store, and in the first floor you have the coffee. The food and coffee were really good, the only remark is that we asked a soup that was not so hot, but we asked them... More

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London, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This central European style café has a great location, with picture windows, overlooking the Kazan Cathedral on Nevski Prospekt. The cakes, hot chocolate, pancakes and other indulgences are nicely served but not in themselves particularly fine or memorable. Nonetheless, a good place to stop on a cold winters day.

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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

The bookstore at the first floor is an absolute must (full of souvenirs too) and the coffee shop toped it; really the view over "the" street alone is "it"

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