Moscow, one of the most beautiful cities in Russia, is renowned worldwide for a lot of reasons. But lately, it's been due to its extravagant cafes with ornate interiors and chic furniture where Muscovites come to unwind and socialize. Since the rise of specialty coffee, many places now cater to those who love and crave some delicious, expertly crafted coffee.
In this list, we discuss some specialty shops, renowned historic cafes, and many more coffee-related stops in Moscow.
A perfect place to take a little coffee break once you're done exploring the delightful sites of St. Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's tomb. Located on Red Square, this cafe is aesthetic and beautiful with its terrace filled with eye-catching hydrangeas on a sunny day.
A café that was named after the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, its interiors and book-lined shelves have become renowned in Moscow. Tourists and locals can't resist paying this a visit because of their irresistible menu of traditional Russian dishes and mouthwatering dessert. While it may be a little expensive, I can promise you the coffee here is definitely worth it as you'll be having it in the chicest cafe in the city. Pro tip: ask the waiters for what you should check out or even the café's history. Located near Tversky Boulevard, be sure to check it out!
Recognized by locals as the best coffee shop, their best-selling specialty coffee is famous and to die for! The baristas have been trained and have also won awards such as gold, silver, and bronze from the Russian latte art championship. Its classy interiors resemble a Luis Vuitton boutique rather than a coffee shop, and outstanding service has led to an increase in its outlets in Moscow. Located near the red square, give it a look-see!
As the name suggests, this café is where you'll find the influencers and fashionistas. One of the coolest cafes, it exudes design and style and is in close proximity to some prestigious and luxurious fashion galleries. Situated between high-end shops and shopping marts, the menu of the Vogue Café has pretty much everything from cappuccinos to cocktails.
Bar BQ Café:
Buzzing with people and the ideal place to chill and enjoy an American-inspired menu, Café Bar BQ should be on your list. Situated right between Red Square and the Kremlin gateway, it's a popular hub to grab a cup of coffee when you're done sightseeing.
Once a dairy shop in the Soviet era, this place used to sell fresh milk to the locals, but now its been transformed into a café. With excellent coffee, the interior of this cafe boasts plush furniture in a black and white theme, making it a renowned spot for shoppers. Also, if you're someone who’s into tea and some excellent breakfast, you'll love Café Milk.
I Love Cake:
If you're someone with a bit of a sweet tooth, there's nothing better than this café. They serve everything from American pancakes and waffles to cakes. As the name suggests, they specialize in cakes, so drop in if you'd like to have something sweet and fancy.
Part of the Friends Forever Group, which has several other lovely cafes in Moscow, Scramble Café has the best brunches. Breakfast is served all day, with their specialty being waffles, along with delicious coffee. You need to book in advance as this café is bustling with people, and their "unicorn" coffee is famous all around as it has all the colors of the rainbow.
Along with some good coffee, if you're in the mood for some American-style food, this is the place to go. With some of the best hot dogs, smoothies, and of course big burgers, SOS Café is also one of the most Instagram-able cafés in Moscow.
The first ones to ban smoking to preserve the lovely aroma of coffee, Coffee Bean was one of the first ones to call themselves a coffee house in Moscow around 1996. Now Coffee Bean serves some of the best coffee in Moscow in about seven outlets, each with its own unique interior and look.
Since the modern third wave came along in Moscow, Double B was founded in 2012 by two coffee veterans who had previously managed coffee chains themselves. Since its founding, Double B has opened up a whopping 20 new outlets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Nizhniy Novgorod, from coffee stands to cafés. They've also expanded globally.
Contrary to its name, this café has a bucket full of fun to offer. A small little rustic-chic cafe that's always bustling with locals, it's a great spot for people who want to stray away from typical cafés. Even for coffee enthusiasts or picky coffee drinkers, the extensive menu offers a lot, including baked goods and desserts.
Coffee & Wine Bar:
The favorite spot of the fashionable locals in Patriarch Ponds, a historically rich neighborhood in Moscow. The bestselling drinks here are drip coffee and the matcha latte, which pretty much anchor the menu. With its fantastic apple pie and breakfast options, this cafe is one of the best local ones in Moscow.
Famous since Soviet times because for its amazing pancakes with chocolate, this café has retained the love of locals. Although the menu is now different, the nostalgia lingers, for which they have won many awards.
Table One Café:
Located in the business district of Moscow, Table One Café has tables for everyone with a relaxed atmosphere and good music in the background. Their standout offering is the signature matcha latte coffee. Wine and prosecco are also some bestselling options here.
West 4 Roasters:
The original cafe was on Osto Zhenka street, a posh little neighborhood known for its history and wealthy population. The cafe evokes a feeling of old-time New York with its exposed brick walls, a revolving art collection, and a regular calendar of live jazz performances. The coffee itself is roasted by West 4 and includes many varieties of single-origin coffees served as pour over or espresso.
Caffe Del Parco:
A mini-chain, Caffe Del Parco has various outlets in Moscow and boasts a coffee menu devised by a Moscow coffee superstar. One can enjoy a Brazilian single-origin pour-over, and espresso drinks and desserts are also popular on the menu. Their new menu includes many food options and was named one of Moscow's best breakfasts by a Russian lifestyle magazine.
David Bowie Café:
An homage to the singer and performer himself, this small cafe is known for its decor and its hipster atmosphere. Here you'll find Marshall loudspeakers, lights, and cacti with three spaces, one with the counter where you order your coffee and two separate rooms to sit down and enjoy your coffee. Along with some of the best coffee, it also offers croissants in various flavors, which are baked right at the cafe.
If you’re a David Bowie fan, you’ll be delighted to know that the coffees are named after him and decorated with pictures of David Bowie. Even though his music was banned in the USSR, the Russians still found ways to listen to his music and loved every bit of it; hence this cafe has a lot of historical value.
Kooperativ Chernyy :
This coffee shop cares very deeply about creating coffee full of rich flavors. A cup of coffee here is made with Russian love.
Kooperatic Chernyy doesn't just serve coffee but actually puts a lot of vigor and work into the roasting process to achieve perfection.
That was a quick look at some of the best places for coffee in Moscow. Keep this list around on your next trip, and you will not be so disappointed. In case you'd like to see more places, here's another list you can consider.