With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, it is just not possible to spend as much time outdoors as you would like. For too many people with limited funds, that means staying at home, as indoor entertainment options generally need you to keep dipping into your wallet. Not so with anti-cafes, an innovative new way to spend the day in a fun and relaxing environment – with all the amenities you need – for very little outlay. If you want to more information about the concept of anti-cafes, check out our post here, because the purpose of this post is to introduce you to some of the best anti-cafes that Moscow has to offer!
Ziferblat is the original and arguably the best of the anti-cafes in Moscow. They have two branches, one on Tverskaya and the other is on Pokrovka. They pioneered the concept of paying for the time you spend in a café rather than the coffee and snacks. They have a range of activities that are run from their space, or you can just challenge a friend to a game of chess or read a good book while you avail yourself of the complimentary drinks and snacks. The BBC did a write up on Ziferblat if you want to hear about the concept from the founder.
There is now a number of Ziferblat anti-cafes around Eastern and Western Europe. You can find out more information at their website: http://ziferblat.net/en
The Babochki anti-café on Taganskaya has a very modern décor and is quite polished, giving it a very different feel to other Moscow anti-cafes. They have a large communal area that is used for large groups and events and smaller, more intimate areas. Going a little against the anti-café philosophy, they do have a paid menu alongside the free options if you would like something more substantial.
Unfortunately, their website is only in Russian, You can see what they have to offer here: http://www.anticafebabochki.ru/
3. The Green Door (Zelenaya Dver)
This great little anti-café has a great range of activities on offer for those who don’t just want to chill out, such as ping pong tables and a stack of board games. A personal favourite is the comfortable bean bags. The Green Door is located on Milyutinskiy, just off Sretensky Boulevard.
You can find out more information at their website (sorry, no English): http://www.zdver.com/
4. The Wooden Door
Brought to you from the makers of ‘The Green Door’, this is the only 18+ anti-café on the list. It may actually be more accurately described as an anti-pub. Unfortunately, if you drink their beer you do have to pay for it and there is also shisha available. You will find The Wooden Door just down the road from The Green Door on Milyutinskiy.
Check out their website at: http://wdndoor.com/
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