For some reason, Moscow was never on my list, yet I ended up spending a long weekend in the city thanks to one of my good friends who’s now living there (for a while, before she moves to more exciting places). It’s one of those places which still requires a visa, and not on arrival as that would be easy, but a whole process involved. And it’s not only the hassle of collecting the required documents, submitting your application online and going to the embassy for the interview, but it’s also the relatively high fees that you’ve got to pay. And then, you wonder yourself if you really want to go.
But once your visa is sorted out, flights from London are relatively cheap considering the distance, it’s the accommodation and the city itself that’s expensive. However I let you do the maths & sort out the budget of your trip to Moscow, and I’ll only recommend you some places I’ve tried during my trip there.
Before I tell you everything I know about my Tried & tested in Moscow, I’ll just point out a couple of things you might wanna see, things not that obvious I’d say as the Red Square or the Bolshoi Theatre.
As you walk on Moscow’s main pedestrian street (and you’ll be amazed by its lights), you’ll find Vokrug Sveta, a small food market with loads of food stalls, serving various cuisines around the world. I’ve obviously stopped at the “From Russia with love” stall, to enjoy a soup and some gorgeous pickles (which btw reminded me of home).
Another not so obvious place, or maybe for some of you might be, is the shopping centre in the Red Square which everyone should experience:) My favourite here, the grocery shop at ground floor.
One last place you must see is Eliseevsky Store on Tverskaya boulevard. This grocery store which looks more like a palace than a store, with sophisticated, opulent interiors and very high ceilings was opened in 1901 and it’s said to be the first one in Moscow. Entering this place is like going back to a different era.
Now back to the Tried & tested. There are loads of cool places in the city, you just need the time to try them all out. Again, I have to thank my friend, Stella, for showing me probably the coolest places around. And here we go…
Uilliam’s – hipster & cozy place, suitable for any moment of the day or occasion: just a coffee or a glass of wine with your best friends, working breakfast or lunch if you’re an entrepreneur, or dinner with your friends.
Pinch – similar to Uilliam’s, same neighbourhood (Patriarch’s ponds), equally lovely and worth trying. Cocktails are their specialty. Don’t miss here the Vitello tonnato & the burrata;)
I love cake – as it name suggests, is the place to go if 1. you love cake and 2. don’t care that much about the number of calories per slice of cake:)
Keanu bar for cocktails – in summer you’re allowed to have your drink outside in front of the bar, however they will serve it in a paper cup. So cool to be undercover, right?
Right around the corner, is Cutfish bistro – serving sushi & asian food
Valenok – couple of reasons to go here: friendly staff, lovely terrace for the summer, amazing cakes and food in general, but most importantly, probably one of the best NAPOLEON cake in the city (for my Romanian readers, this is very similar to Cremsnit, but better & bigger 🙂 )
Other places you might consider:
Strelka bar in Red Oktober, with a lovely terrace to go out for a drink in summer
Garage Museum of Contemporary art – they’ve also got a coffee place / restaurant where you can work from, meet your friends or hang around