The Best Cafés in Saransk

Pushkin's Park in Saransk |© WildBoar / WikiCommons
Pushkin's Park in Saransk |© WildBoar / WikiCommons
Photo of Marta Wiejak
29 September 2017

If you’re going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia you might find yourself in Saransk early in the morning after a victorious game and long celebrations. On a morning like that, on top of a greasy brunch, you will also need a cup of good coffee. Here are the best places to find one in Saransk.


Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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A chain of small, cozy cafés sprinkled around the city center, they serve a variety of classic espresso-based drinks, as well as coffee-free beverages and some sweet, coffee-based cocktails. A perfect spot for a quick caffeine shot on the go.


Cafe, Russian, European, $$$
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An art space as much as a café, Maska not only serves delicious coffee and a wide variety of teas but also excellent breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, as well as a large selection of alcoholic beverages. It is also a concert hall for local independent artists. Pop by in the evening and it’s very likely you’ll have a chance to see a chunk of the local music scene and to hang out with the artists and their audience.


Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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A nice little café in the city center, AlekCoffee is a good place to grab a coffee and a piece of cake. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble upon a coffee tasting.

Paris Reel

Coffee Shop, Coffee, 0

As it must be quite easy to guess, Paris Reel is a French-themed café with interiors aspiring to the empire style. A family-friendly place, where children’s workshops are organized on a regular basis, Paris Reel is very well located, which makes it a perfect mid-sightseeing coffee spot.

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Kubik Rubikova

Cafe, Contemporary
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Russia is the birthplace of a radical, hippie idea of anticafé—a place where you pay not for the quantity of biscuits and beverages that you consume, but for the amount of time you spend there. Anticafés are, more than anything else, social spots. It is appropriate to join any group that might have formed, to talk to strangers, and to play board games with them. Events of various sorts are organized on a regular basis. The anticafé movement started in Moscow, but it has now expanded all over Russia (and beyond it) and every major city in the country is home to at least one. Saransk is no different. Kubik Rubikova is one of the city’s anticafés. It is an excellent place to spend an afternoon or an evening and to engage in an authentic, unique, local experience.

Bodryi Den

Cafe, Dessert
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If you happen to be wandering around Gerard Depardieu’s cinema and find yourself in need of a coffee to go, Bodryi Den is your place. It is a small coffee stall located in a shopping center right in front of Kinotear Rossiya. They specialize in coffee and waffles. A perfect spot for a quick snack on an adventurous trip outside of the city center.