I felt like I had come home when I walked into this café. Café Anderson is what I have been looking for ever since we moved to Moscow – somewhere we could eat a casual brunch while the children played. There are a number of branches in the city but we came to this one so we could combine it with a walk in nearby Troparevsky park afterwards.
It has a friendly atmosphere with two lovely playrooms, including a ball pit and climbing frame, and there are some nice touches like spare nappies and wipes in the bathrooms. There is a good choice on the kids menu – Little Pickle couldn’t get enough of the porridge and Beanie-boy was thrilled with the turtle-shaped pancakes. We thought the pistachio and raspberry roulade was delicious, which was just as well because in a minor linguistic mishap we ended up ordering the entire cake between the two of us! Too embarrassed to admit our mistake we just asked for the remainder to be boxed up so we could take it home.
It isn’t a particularly large café (the one on Gilyarovskogo* just off Prospect Mira is apparently much bigger with an outside play are too) but we had a lovely, relaxing morning and it clearly got the kids approval too as my son has been pestering me to go back!
You can find the Ostrovityanova Café Anderson at 9 Ostrovityanova, Korpus 5. It is tucked away at the bottom of one of the blocks of flats – it is often booked out for birthday parties so check before you make a special trip. There is a second Café Anderson at Ostrovityanova 5 which is easier to find as it is on the main road – it has a play area but not the ball pit.
Update: We’ve now visited the Gilyarovskogo one too – you can read about it here.