Ugly truth

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Why locals love it

First to say, it's as local as it may ever get. It may not be fancy or pretty, but if you want to see the truth - here it is, right behind the big glass windows. You may either hate it or love it, but it's the soul of the city - and you can't stay ignorant to the bar on the first floor.

Why you should visit it

Old soviet-styled department store with amazing interior and the motley crowd of visitors: dirty hobos, artists, crazy people, local celebrities, students, professors - everybody gets together. Other perks: the cheapest and tastiest desserts in town (and cheapest alcohol too). Head here if you're broke (if it's even possible in Belarus).

Special tip

I admit it, you may not like it if you're very squeamish or love the fancy rich life. But it's the local life of an average person here, so be fair.

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6 Comments

It's unique place, which can replace you in real Soviet atmosphere
Rostislav
Local
August 21, 2019
meeting point for different social groups and communities
Olga
Local
April 8, 2019
A true place to visit. Take a look on real Minsk life, not the prepared-for-tourists, always clean-and-happy kind of stuff. See real people, the post-soviet look of the place and be shocked by the fact that the food is not that bad.
Liza
Local
October 19, 2017
Check out the sandwiches with salmon or caviar in first floor. As announced more than basic but yummy and the pricing is really fair ! You are visiting Minsk ? Take a look here - and keep eyes opened for a part of reality.
Stefan
Traveller
January 8, 2017
The most atmospheric buffet+shop, where you can meet both drifters and the most popular people from all over the world.You can buy a drink and stay and look for the city center.
Nadin
Local
October 19, 2016

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