Why the anti – cafes lovers hate to leave them

The concept behind the growing number of ‘anti-cafes’ in Moscow, is that what a customer pays is based, not on how much they eat or drink, but on how much time they spend there. Clients can be charged per minute, per half-hour or per hour, with the average rate being two rubles per minute.

In these welcoming spaces, guests can get cozy on the sofa with a book, work, play or just chill out and watch TV. However, the founders of the ‘anti-cafe movement’ have gone even further. They have also taken steps to fill the well of personal creativity within their spaces.

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These spaces make it easy to switch from a working to a playing mood in a second. At any time you can wander over to the large-screen cinema corner, or settle down for a nap with a pillow and blanket.

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The oldest anti-cafe in the world – “Babochki”(“Butterflies”) – successfully combines a bar with a library and a playing zone.

Initially these anti-cafes were set up in the traditional manner of ordinary cafes. However, over the past year, as the movement has grown, they have developed into hubs large enough to host a wide range of arts and crafts lessons, studios, lectures, workshops and business meetings. Others have the reputation of being the best places to get together and play board games.

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Dozens of table games are at your disposal at no extra charge. You can reserve either a table or a separate room for a championship with your friends.

Over time, anti-cafes have expanded to start hosting business conferences, alumni programs and even film festivals, with many companies collaborating with anti-cafes in arranging joint events.

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In anti-cafes cuddling up with outlandish pets is not only allowed – it’s free!

As even more anti-cafes advertise their upcoming openings, and with some of them advertising themselves as speaking clubs or startup incubators, the trend in anti-cafes seems to be heading toward greater and greater specialization.

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