Biblioteca cafe is definitely a place bookworms and hygge practitioners will appreciate. The name speaks for itself, the interior of this place is replicating a library, decorated will all sorts of retro items (especially typewriters) and lots of books. Soulful and cozy, this place is known for its friendly staff and delicious meals. Perfect to spend a rainy day with your favorite novel.
A French bakery and a cozy mini café with tiny round tables and smell of croissants in the center of… oddly enough, not Paris, but Nizhniy Novgorod. Here you can enjoy a coffee and pastry to the soundtrack of Edith Piaf and get one of the best views of the Stroganovskaya church. Charming red tables pop up outdoors in the summer and create an even more Parisian flair.
An original place where they worship noodles. Especially vegetarian. Especially take-out — the place is tiny with just a few tables for a sit-down meal. “Sovok” is the slang for “Soviet Union” and the interior here magically combines a Brooklyn style hole-in-the-wall Asian take-out with Nizhniy Novgorod’s atmosphere of the 1960s. If you are looking to experience a hipster interpretation of Soviet design without any Soviet inspired cuisine — this is your place.
“From the heart” — that’s the unspoken motto of this restaurant. Each visit to this Caucasian joint turns out to be a mini-celebration with sweet wine, finger-licking good food and, if you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough, goodbye kisses from their hospitable mustached chef.
Prices: Chicken Sacivi (chicken in walnut sauce) (≈$3), Adjapsandal (stewed spicy vegetables) (≈$4 but you get a discount if you pronounce it correctly), Hookah (≈$13) Address: 19 Rozhdestvenskaya Str. Hours: 12 AM–12 PM
This place is especially popular among journalists, writers and all sorts of creatives, thanks to hosting lots of masterclasses and interviews with famous artists. Apart from the intellectual atmosphere, the spot is also known for its decent coffee and is definitely playing a role in the city’s coffee scene. Make sure to step by for a cup of good coffee and a philosophical debate.
Menu: Coconut chicken with couscous (≈$5) Steak pie (≈$4), Beef burger (≈$5) Address: 19 Rozhdestvenskaya Str. Hours: 12 AM–12 PM