If only the walls could talk in this creative cluster made up of five buildings. One of the buildings is an old 18th century mansion that was once the home of the Turgenev brothers, who were close friends of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Legend has it that it was in this mansion that Pushkin wrote his famous ode “Vol’nost’” (“Freedom”). It was also here that Arzamas Society had its literary meetings between 1815-1818. So, it is really no surprise that all these years later, Fontanka Embankment 20 is once again a hub for thoughts, ideas and inspiration.
Nowadays, Golitsyn Loft is a city inside a city numbering more than a hundred different shops, show rooms, cafes, beauty salons and barber shops, tattoo parlors, galleries, restaurants and bars, coffee shops, a theater and even a poetry workshop (because let’s face it, it is St. Petersburg we’re talking about). Every single occupant of Golitsyn Loft has creativity at the very core of their business.
The gastro-quarter comprises a food truck park in the huge yard to suit any taste and inside there are dozens of very affordable cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and bars for any gastronomical persuasion. Treska is a very homey restaurant with signature dishes and an impressive cultural program. Concerts, film screening and poetry readings often take place here. Civil Coffee & Wine is exactly what the name suggests: a place for coffee and wine lovers all in one. The perfect place to enjoy a great glass of wine in an old mansion. One of the newest additions is Kazbegi, a real Georgian “khinkalnaya” with its very own wine cellar. Popravka Bar has 8 beers on tap and 35 gins, as well as a lengthy cocktail menu and a stage for your entertainment. The list can go on and on but believe us, Golitsyn Loft is the perfect place for great food and drinks, fast and cheap.
Fashionistas should rummage around Tykva, a clothes and accessories store that specializes in local Russian fashion designers. Many of them are young but already reputable designers such as Noel Concept, Dich, Nuone, Lera Courage, Julia Gvozdeva and many others. Then there’s Lumaca Ceramica, a Russian brand crafting beautiful and stylish ceramics and other things to make your home really stand out. Showroom Mona offers clothing made by Russian and foreign designers - often unique items - ranging from monochrome minimalistic pieces to apparel with unusual colors and prints.
You can literally live in Golitsyn Loft. Your Space capsule hotel is in the heart of the city yet after a long day’s night, you can easily switch off and relax in a quiet and calm setting with everything you need for a good sleep. Tsiferburg is an anti-cafe where every visitor looks like a bohemian artist or writer and where you feel like you’re a part of something mysteriously beautiful. You pay only for the time you spend there and are free to use the space as you wish - for working, socializing, reading or just hanging out. Comfortable furniture, a huge piano, fireplaces and balconies - all this creates a magical atmosphere that you can’t confuse with anything.
Yes, the list of places and spaces in Golitsyn Loft can go on and on. It’s best that you set aside a whole day to come and explore everything it’s got to offer.