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Ziferblat, a Moscow anti-café

An anti-café (sometimes called a pay-per-minute café or a time club) is a type of public business that became popular around 2011 in Russia and a couple of CIS countries. An anti-café is a place where people meet and spend time (either for leisure or work), similar to a café or a club, which is possible to rent for a short time. Unlike a normal café, the primary purpose an anti-café is intended to serve is communication rather than consumption, but as in a regular café customers can order tea, coffee, or other beverages. Typically, anti-cafés provide snacks and desserts, board games, coworking facilities, wireless Internet access, films, and video game consoles (such as Xbox or PlayStation). Customers pay for time spent in the anti-café rather than for these additional facilities.[1]

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Anti-cafés include the Ziferblat chain, founded by Russian writer Ivan Mitin in December 2010 in Moscow,[2] the "Slow Time" cafe in Wiesbaden opened in 2013,[3] and "Dialogues" in Bangalore.[4]

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  1. ^ Poll, Bart van (2014-10-24). "A Trend in European Cities: The Anti-Cafe". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  2. ^ Bert van Pool (24 October 2014). "A Trend in European Cities: The Anti-Cafe". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "'Time is money' in new Wiesbaden café". 27 May 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "We Tried Out The New Bangalore Cafe Where You Pay Only For The Time - OfficeChai". Retrieved 28 June 2018.