I don't know about you but when I need to get homework done, home is never the best place to do it. Some people prefer to work in the silence of a library or classroom, but I personally prefer the slight background noise and liquid stimulation that cafés provide.
As I'm sure I'm not the only person with this preference I thought I'd share a small list of some of the places I've visited during my time in the Northern Capital.
Казанская ул., 26, г. Санкт-Петербург, 190031
There's nothing flashy about Маленький Двойной, it's main attractions are that it is small, quiet, comfortable, clean and reasonably priced (a latte here goes for about 150 rubles).
Another major selling point is that it's close to the institute, you can even walk there if you have 30 minutes spare. For people living near Sennaya Ploschad this could easily become a favourite local spot.
Homework rating: 5/5
Маленький Двойной is the perfect place for doing homework, quiet, cosy and comfortable with good, cheap coffee. There aren't many seats here but at the same time it's not such a busy place as to make this a problem.
Невский Проспект, 28, Санкт-Петербург, 191186
Price: Above average
If you're looking for a café with a view look no further than Café Zinger. Obviously it will be better the closer you are to the window but from practically every seat in Zinger you'll have a fantastic view of the Kazan Catherdral. The prices at Café Zinger are a bit higher than some other cafes but the quality is worth it. They do a good range of different types of coffee, teas and other hot drinks alongside a sizeable menu of food, deserts and cakes.
Homework rating 2/5
With its inspiring view of Kazan Cathedral, Cafe Zinger has the potential to be a fantastic place to work but it's really too busy in there to get anything done. While I was there, there were practically no free tables, so everytime a new group came in I felt very aware that my work was depriving other people of the chance to get a seat. Perhaps there are those for whom this wouldn't be a problem but for me personally it was a major distraction.
Пышечная на Большой Конюшенной улице
Большая Конюшенная ул., 25, Санкт-Петербург
Пышечная is famous for serving the same coffee and donuts (пышки) as it sold in the Soviet period. If trying authentic Soviet fare sounds interesting to you then that's reason enough to pay this place a visit. Even if not then Пышечная might appeal to you because it's so cheap. Where as in other cafés 150 roubles might net you a coffee, in Пышечная it'll get you 4 cups of coffee and four donuts.
Homework Rating: 3/5
Maybe it was just a one off but when I was at Пышечная it was incredibly hot and stuffy. Assuming this is the norm it could make doing homework for a long period of time rather uncomfortable. On the other hand it could just be a convenient way of combining homework with a visit to the Banya.
1-я Красноармейская ул., 26, Санкт-Петербург, 190005
Чайникоф is a chain café so technically you can find them all over the city but the one on Troitsky Prospect is particularly worth a look for two reasons. Firstly it's right next to the institute, so if you're looking for somewhere close where you can stop by after lessons and quickly (but thoroughly, of course) run through some work, this place is perfect. Secondly the cafe on Troitsky is brand new (or at least it was at the time of writing), so it's freshly decorated and nice and clean, making it a pleasant place to sit.
The coffee isnt the best in the world but its good for the price and the cakes aren't bad either.
Homework Rating: 4/5
Чайникоф is a pretty normal cafe. Its close to the institute, there are plenty of seats and its not too loud so it's a perfect place for homework. If the weather is nice they even have outdoor seating so you can make the most of it. The only thing that might put you off working here is that they serve hookah, so if you're not a fan of smoking then this might be a minus for you.