Chaynaya Vysota

Teahouse in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Tearoom? Gelateria? This place looks more like an academic library of tea and ice cream, an impression enhanced by it sharing premises with a bookstore. The tea menu is an endless list of pu'ers and oolongs, while ice-cream flavours represent everything that grows in the former USSR – from gooseberry or fir-needle juice to chestnuts and Crimean rose petals.

The emphasis is on the most unusual and hard-to-find ingredients, which unfortunately makes the place quite pricey.