An interesting Anti-Cafes trend is emerging in major Ukrainian cities. At an Anti-Cafe you do not pay for the things you consume like drinks or snacks, but actually for the time you’ve spent there. Lviv seems to be at the forefront of the Anti-Cafe trend with new places that share this concept popping up almost every month. «Destinations» rounds up the most popular Anti Cafes to spend some quality time at in Lviv.
This is the first establishment of the kind that has opened in Lviv almost 5 years ago. Located in the heart of the city, on the corner house of Rynok Square (1, Halytska street, Lviv), Communa offers an open-concept space where guests can sip coffee, eat cookies, enjoy various entertainment and appreciate a laid-back ambiance. People think of this space as a second office or home: they can invite people over, arrange a meeting, relax for as long as they would like, work at their own pace. This is a stress free unhurried environment many people take advantage of.
Communa often hosts fun board game tournaments, invites interesting lecturers and arrange various workshops. This place also has a beautiful view over Rynok Square from its windows and warm and cozy atmosphere. Check out their Facebook page for the schedule of interesting events and details on rates and services.
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Located near Ivan Franko National University (3, Solomiyi Krushel’nytskoyi street, Lviv), Come In is an Anti Cafe frequented by young hipster crowd looking for some comforting atmosphere in between lectures. At this place just like at home, guests can sit anywhere, as long as they like, they can talk to anyone, work, read or sleep. All visitors are welcome to come here with friends and colleagues, organize lectures, concerts or business meetings, play computer games, learn new languages, prepare for exams or simply chill. Paying by an hour guests enjoy fast wifi, tea, coffee an all the entertainment facilities available in Come In.
This hipster art space is located at an ordinary apartment in Lviv (20, Zelena street, Lviv). Fredra61 hosts various art events, lectures and meetings. The place gathers a peculiar hipster art crowd and is considered to be a platform for the avant-garde art and music scene of Lviv. To follow the full array of the events hosted by Fredra61 visit their Facebook page.
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Anti Cafe concept is perfect for folks looking for a quiet place to work as most locations also have printers and scanners and such. You’re allowed to bring your own snacks and drinks and sometimes you can attend (or organize) some great events, exhibitions, readings and parties. So one could say it’s an Anti-Cafe because it’s more than a cafe. It’s a social and cultural epicenter.