5 lunch spots only locals know about

Check out our quick guide to original places in Nizhniy Novgorod with their very own and unique concept and atmosphere.

Biblioteca

Library

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.

ADDRESSES

46 Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Str.

HOURS

11 AM–10 PM

MENU:

Pastas (≈$5), Pizza (≈$6), Honey cake (≈$3)

Madlen

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.

ADDRESSES

41 Rozhdestvenskaya Str.

PRICES

12 AM–8 PM

MENU PREVIEW:

Baked goods (≈$2)

Sovok

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.

ADDRESSES

2 Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Str.

HOURS

10 AM–10 PM

PRICES:

Noodles (≈$4)

Bakladzhan

“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.

ADDRESSES

19 Rozhdestvenskaya Str.

HOURS

12 AM–12 PM

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)

Seledka i coffee

Herring and coffee

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.

ADDRESSES

19 Rozhdestvenskaya Str.

HOURS

12 AM–12 PM

MENU:

Coconut chicken with couscous (≈$5)
Steak pie (≈$4), Beef burger (≈$5)

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