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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Feeding the Bookworms

MTRespublika's pink-and-silver cafe is perfect for perusing new purchases.
Respublika is the store that Moscow was crying out for. More than a mere music store and better than a bookshop, it reminds you of the kind of place back home that attracts fashion and graphic-design students with its groovy gadgets and tricky trinkets, not to mention the coffee-table books.

It's next to impossible to leave without buying something, and given that a quick browse can easily turn into a shop-till-you-drop session, it's just as well that sustenance is near at hand. On the second floor, around the corner from the European art films, is Respublika's diminutive cafe.

Although it's small, this is no pre-packed sandwich shop for book buyers on the run. The menu might be limited, but the selection is well thought out. There are just two salads: a chicken Caesar (200 rubles) and a tomato and mozzarella caprese (270 rubles). The soup list also consists of two offerings, a chicken broth with egg (80 rubles) and Chinese chicken noodle (190 rubles). The sandwich selection is the most interesting part of the menu. There is a single club sandwich (220 rubles) and a lone tortilla with chicken and mushrooms (160 rubles). Otherwise there are six different ciabatta sandwiches: vegetable grill (180 rubles), mozzarella and tomato (200 rubles), smoked salmon (230 rubles), tuna (200 rubles), roast beef (230 rubles) and a Caesar (200 rubles).

There are nine varieties of tea (all 110 rubles) and six styles of coffee (60-120 rubles). The freshly squeezed juices range from 100 rubles for apple to 250 rubles for pineapple. Japanese beer costs 110 rubles for a small bottle.

Besides the trendy selection of nibbles, the cafe also sports a funky design for its hip clientele. There's a noticeable '70s influence, especially with the giant spherical silver lampshades. And there are cool magazines to peruse, in case you somehow managed to resist temptation in the bookstore. On the way out, you can grab some Japanese chewing gum for the road.

10 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ul., 251-6527, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (store works 24 hours), M. Mayakovskaya.