Cheese, butter and Soviet desserts right in your mug. Would you dare to order one of these fancy cups of coffee?
1. Coffee with unicorn milk
Yes, you heard right. Café 8/25 in the Flacon creative room serves coffee that is just as creative as its location. The menu features a pink latte with unicorn milk (250 rubles, $ 3.40), which is described as “tender, sweet, with a touch of berries and flowers”. It is decorated with freeze-dried raspberries on top. The secret behind the strange magic of this coffee is the combination of milk (no dairy products are available) and berry puree. In summer they also offer a cold version of this unusual drink.
2. Parmesan latte
Cheese coffee is a new trend in Moscow coffee houses. Several of the city’s popular cafes offer typical drinks that combine coffee and different types of hard and soft cheeses. The parmesan latte (300 rubles, $ 4) is the signature drink and a customer favorite at VM, a small café in VDNKh.
3. Disco pony
This summer coffee drink that you can find at Mike’s Coffee in the Patriarch’s Ponds neighborhood has a fun name. The Disco Pony (300 rubles, $ 4) is a version of an espresso tonic made with lemon syrup and lemongrass that will appeal to anyone who likes sweet and sour combinations. The café’s menu offers a wide variety of interesting coffees, ranging from classics to charcoal lattes.
4. Coffee with the taste of Soviet sweets
Generally speaking, Eggcellent on Tverskoy Boulevard specializes in making all kinds of egg dishes, but it’s a good place for coffee lovers too – especially since they can enjoy a hearty breakfast while getting their caffeine boost. They offer a coffee that tastes like Korovka candy. Even if you don’t remember (or don’t know) what the candy tastes like, this caramel coffee (350 rubles, $ 4.70) will take you back to a real Soviet childhood.
5. Bulletproof coffee with salt
If you are on a keto diet, your coffee can never have too much butter. Bulletproof Coffee has been a staple on the menus of many Moscow cafés for a number of years, but this take on the classic is only served at Zarya on Petrovka Street. It is an espresso coffee made from ghee and coconut oil together with cinnamon, turmeric and pink Himalayan salt. You can add erythritol for sweetness. All ingredients are of course organic and environmentally friendly.
6. Brew yesterday
Cafe Introvert, filled with tables for one, is tucked away in the small alleys of Myasnitskaya Street and specializes in unusual types of coffee. Perhaps the most interesting example is their Yesterday Brew (300 rubles, $ 4), which includes a glass of espresso, pomegranate juice, and mint. The menu also features all kinds of non-dairy beverages and a variety of vegetarian options.
7. Bird milk Raf coffee
Raf coffee is the most famous coffee invented in Russia (find out more about its history here). These days, Raf coffee can be found in almost every coffee shop in the country. Enterprising baristas have since come up with dozens of variations on the original, including fruit syrups, pine nuts, rosemary, and orange peel. The coffee chain Coffee Like serves a Raf coffee that tastes like the popular Soviet dessert Bird’s Milk – a sponge cake with souffle and chocolate. It really is something!