Samara has been experiencing a bakery boom for several years now, and there are no signs of it slowing down. There are dozens of bakeries and coffee shops throughout the city — from the very center to the suburbs, with widely ranging concepts and prices.
Coffee Jungle is relatively new to Samara’s pastries and coffee scene, this a bagel and donut shop opened in September 2017. This place can already be given credit for spoiling the locals with the next level of original hand-made donuts, which were a rare find in the city until recently.
The donuts come both unfilled and filled with the wildest flavours, and even injections like caramel, mandarin-lychee, tropical and black currant, to name just a few. They all cost ≈$1 and under, and it’s really worth it to try different ones.
It’s not all about donuts though, mind you – there’s a concise, yet sufficient menu with things like chicken or veggie quesadillas (≈$6), soups (pay special attention to shrimp, veggie and cheese chowder ≈$5), breakfast combos (≈$5, the biggest and most eclectic is the Jungle breakfast, with fried eggs, zucchini cakes, waffle, home-salted salmon, tartar and relish), pike croquettes with mashed potatoes (≈$6), and much more. Then there’s the second specialty of this place — the bagels. You can either order a bagel combo from the menu or make your own. The bagel prices start at ≈$3.
Coffee Jungle positions itself as a “vacation” café, and indeed, the two-storey airy seating area, a jungle-inspired design and vivid interior colors create an adventurous mood.
It’s a great spot for a casual date, a quick stopover on the way (they’ve got coffee to go, along with donut boxes and hot meal takeaways), a lunch with colleagues or an afternoon catch up with friends.
Pro tip – nextdoor to Coffee Jungle you will find the Vinoteca wine shop, where you can buy a quality bottle of wine, and have it in the coffee shop (byob will only cost you ≈$5).