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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Go Outside

MTPeter the Great's statue towers over the cafe.
With warmer weather reaching the capital uncharacteristically early this year, the great outdoors beckons.

But while other seasonal milestones like the opening of the fountains or Christmas tree sales are reliably punctual, outdoor cafe season tends to start tardily, only some time after June 1.

Sun-loving early birds who don't want to miss the worm of warmth are in luck, however. Hidden away in the Muzeon sculpture garden behind the Central House of Artists, one modest little summer cafe is already open for alfresco business. Its menu may be simple, but its setting is tranquil -- perfect for an early spring refreshment break. An espresso coffee costs 100 rubles, and blini go from 50 rubles with jam, condensed milk or sour cream, up to 100 rubles with red caviar. And if the temperature keeps rising, then a half-liter of draft Nevskoye beer may just be in order (60 rubles).

10 Ul. Krymsky Val, noon-9 p.m.,

M. Oktyabrskaya.