Winters in Saint Petersburg are long and even on a rare sunny day there’s still no lush greenery to rest your eyes on. That’s what makes the cozy cafés and restaurants lapped in plants so alluring. We have lined up 10 spots where you can enjoy your meal or a cup of coffee amid the verdure.
Zimniy Sad is a unique blend of a greenhouse and a theater snack counter. It’s open every day, but it’s not that straightforward: if it’s show time, you’ll need a ticket to get in, and on off show days you might find the place empty (even from staff). This place isn’t about food anyway, so if you don’t mind missing those sandwiches, it’s worth visiting just for the ambiance.
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It’s summer all year round at the Tavrichesky Garden’s Orangery. We just had to mention this charming café nested on the second floor of the orangery. It’s small, yet very cozy — not a place to go to for a hearty meal, but rather for a tea or coffee break among palms, cactuses and other tropical plants. Besides, every order comes with a complimentary ticket to the Orangery itself.
The Jungle café at the Griboedov Canal is one of the most charming green places in the city. The cozy interior is accented with magnificent ficuses, palm trees and monsteras delivered from the Botanical Garden and you get a fantastic view of Saint Petersburg through the glass dome roof. It doesn’t get much better than this. At least not in Saint Petersburg.
An ambient Portuguese bar hidden in a cozy patio run over with vines. Most of the plants are brought indoors for the winter, but it’s still a great spot to visit in the fall: grab a drink from the bar, wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy the scenery. Tawny is equipped with heaters to make these outdoor days last as far into fall as possible.
Take a break from hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the serenity of a country house in the Gorodskaya Dacha restaurant. The design of this ambient spot replicates an early XX century country house and it’s literally wrapped in greenery: an entire wall of the restaurant is twined with ivy. In the summer months you can dine al fresco and enjoy the weather and during the winter the panoramic windows make up for the weather with a stellar view.
What makes Jerome unique is a very own mini-farm in the middle of the restaurant hall, growing 150 types of herbs. Admire the greenery, then watch it being added to your dish in the show kitchen. Aside from the beautifully designed interior, the restaurant entices customers with delicious meals.
This café shares its space with a flower shop — isn’t that adorable? The menu chimes with the setting: local pastries, homemade jams and a plethora of desserts. You can enjoy a cup of good coffee while waiting for the florist to finish your bouquet, or even learn how to create your own flower composition in one of the weekend floristry masterclasses.
A cozy little place with original interior design and colorful floral arrangements. If you’re walking along Galernaya street it’s really hard to miss Botanica and once you do spot it, make sure to step by. Enjoy a fragrant cappuccino at your tiny table or walk around checking out the magnificent bouquets. Buy one or take a floristry masterclass to learn the intricacies of flower art. There are also cute little presents and postcards you can get for your friends and family and take away coffee, if you can’t wait to see them.
This modest café serves great coffee and a decent selection of healthy food in a small garden. The interior combines Scandinavian minimalism with an abundance of green plants. Occasionally, Verle Garden hosts plant swap events, so you get to bring your own plant to the party.
Zelenaya Komnata (The Green Room) is the most popular spot within the Etazhi (Floors) loft project, and one of its first tenants. Panoramic windows provide enough daylight for all the different plants that are all over the place, as the name suggests. The café is perfect both for a night out with a bunch of friends and for a few hours of focused work. You don’t even have to order anything until 6PM, although we have no idea why you wouldn’t.