No special occasion is required for a good cup of coffee with a piece of scrumptious cake — here is quick roundup of the best spots to grab a coffee and and something sweet to go with it while exploring the center of Samara
Your Pie bakery has two locations offering absolutely delicious pastries to go with your coffee. Some of their specialties are cheese-filled cake with strawberry coulis (≈$3), white chocolate and cherry tart (≈$3), and 16(!) kinds of macarons.
A cake shop and a breakfast café, La Tarta has got a great reputation in town. Try Praga – the luxurious Soviet-era classic cake with chocolate, walnuts and a drop of cognac (≈$4). They also bake the best croissants (≈$3) in town and make a perfect coffee (under $2 for an espresso).
Address: 212B Ulitsa Sadovaya Hours: Mon-Thu 8 AM – 8 PM, Fri 8 AM – 10 PM, Sat 10 AM – 10 PM, Sun 10 AM – 8 PM
Started by two friends in 2012 this pastry shop has fast become the locals’ favourite. Their desserts are absolutely beautiful. The macarons and handmade gingerbreads are true works of art and make a lovely souvenir to take back home from Samara! Other superlatives include Pavlova (≈$2), mille-feuille (≈$3), chocolate cream éclairs (≈$3), and brownies (≈$2). Consider our Russian childhood favorites as well – carrot cake (≈$3) and toffee waffle rolls (≈$1).
Address: 60 Ulitsa Nekrasovskaya Hours: Mon- Fri 8 AM – 8 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM – 8 PM
The Stolle restaurant chain launched in 2002, with a small cozy restaurant, near the historical site of the German settlement in the Strelka area of the Vasilievsky Island. Following the opening of two establishments in Moscow and one in Yekaterinburg, Stolle acquired its well deserved national recognition. The rest, as they say, is history. All Stolle establishments boast of interiors designed to resemble houses of the Russian cities in the late 19th — early 20th centuries: oak parquet, solid wood doors, cast brass chandeliers, leather sofas, colors of finishing natural tones. And last but not least, the aroma of freshly baked pies!
The best sweet pies are the Russian cranberry jam pie (≈$3) and black currant pie (≈$3). The savoury pie rock stars are the salmon and rabbit pies (≈$3-5 per serving). They also serve soups and main courses, so you can stop for a full-blown lunch, and grab a coffee to go on your way out.
Address: 47 Volzhsky Prospekt Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM
Right next to the Volga embankment, is this colorful and truly joyfull specialty coffee shop. Pair your espresso (≈$1) or cappuccino (≈$2) with cupcakes (≈$2), donuts (≈$2), or baked ham sandwiches (≈$3). Bring your pug (chain) and get 25% off coffee!