There’s nothing like passing away a few hours enjoying a good nosh and sipping an espresso in your favourite cafe. Russian capital boasts hundreds of coffee shops and cafes to choose from. Here is the list of top coffee shops in Moscow that offer the finest espresso and espresso-based beverages. Take your pick.
1 Red Espresso Bar
Red Espresso Bar serves great gourmet coffee beverages. It primarily offers coffee drinks, though the menu also features French pastries, deli-style sandwiches, pastas and salads freshly-squeezed juice and healthy snacks. Come here to sip delicious Café Red (signature beverage made with espresso, chocolate, milk, whipped cream and cocoa) and to enjoy unique design and warm atmosphere.
2 Coffeemania Cafe
The Moscow-based coffee-shop chain Coffeemania was started in 2001. Now it is a popular brand, uniting 11 outlets. The most famous is on Bolshaya Nikitskaya next to the Conservatory grand hall. At Coffeemania you can try a number of espresso-based coffee beverages – cappuccino, lungo, latte, and many others, and also some unique coffee cocktails created by local barista - Bumble, Cappuccino Cream, Egg-nog. Besides more than two dozes of coffee recipes Coffeemania offers The Sweet Collection – a large selection of exclusive cakes, pastry, bakery and desserts, developed and prepared in its own confectioner's workshop. The team of confectioners daily bakes more than 40 types of confectionery articles, which are delivered every morning to the coffee-shops.
Bolshaya Nikitskaya street, 13, www.coffeemania.ru
3 Nespresso Bar
Boutique-bars Nespresso on Petrovka and at Novinsky Shopping Centre are oriented at the most refined of coffee connoisseurs. You can try out a whole collection from the coffee brand Grand Cru, coffee machines, aromatic coffee, coffee cocktails and of course captivating coffee-based desserts. Nespresso bars are ideally suited for coffee-tasting. The Nespresso story began 23 years ago with a simple but revolutionary idea - to create the perfect cup of Espresso coffee with exquisite crema, tantalising aroma and full-bodied taste - just like skilled baristas.
4 Coffee Bean, Chain of Cafes
This chain of coffee bars makes great coffee from African, South American and Asian beans. Noted as being the best maker of a cappuccino in the capital, it is also turning into a surprisingly good deli with plenty of treats available including muffins, pies and meringues.