Restaurant: Julius Meinl
Address: 38/1 Ulitsa Myasnitskaya
Metro: Chistiye Prudy
Open Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am-midnight; Sat. & Sun. 11:00 am-midnight
Julius Meinl is located in a 19th-century robin’s-egg blue building near Chistiye Prudy. Far from trading on cool, long-haired early 1970s origins, this venerable chain traces its lineage all the way back to 1862 Vienna. The elegant red-and-brown color scheme and marbletopped tables lend a sophisticated yet intimate charm. Traditional Viennese fare (including fancy pastries) is on offer. Perhaps in keeping with its more traditional Habsburg feel, Meinl doesn’t open until 11:00 on weekends. The coffee is delish, but the to-go crowd is not their audience. You might feel uncomfortable whipping out your laptop when you visit this lovely Viennese cafe, but do plan to stay for a bit (at least an analytic hour).