Probably you already know that I’ve been in Moscow last month. I haven’t been there for more than a year and it felt a bit different at that time. Now I loved it so so much! Partly because I really miss snow around the Christmas times 🙂 As always I’ve made a mini guide in case you decide to visit this beautiful city.
There is so much to see in Moscow. Starting from the famous Moscow Metro and Red Square and rounding up with the historical grocery stores (which are incredibly beautiful as well).
Let’s start with the city center area since it’s my favorite part of the city. Besides the Red Square which became a symbol of Moscow there is much more to see. For example, a luxury department store GUM which turns into a fairytale mansion as winter comes. You can recognize it by thousands of Christmas lanterns on the facade. Don’t miss out to go inside – it has almost every luxury brand there is (Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Furla, Gucci and Prada). You can also spot a Laduree cart if you love macaro0ns as much as I do. You can also try the famous ice cream cones which I love there as well.
If you go left from the Red Square you will find yourself in the Alexander Garden. I like it more in the summer with beautiful trees and flowers. Through the garden you can enter the Kremlin Square (there are several museums and ancient churches there). You’ll need to buy a ticket to enter though.
There are more than 200 museums and galleries in Moscow. I personally love 2 of them – The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts which is the largest museum of European art in Moscow (Volkhonka str., 12) and The State Tretyakov Gallery – the collection of art from several centuries (Lavrushinsky Ln, 10).
You can also visit Russian churches and Cathedrals – they are all very beautiful. My favorite ones are Saint Basil’s Cathedral (which is located on the Red Square) and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour which is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world (Volkhonka str., 15).
The Bolshoi Theatre (Theatre Square, 1) is also one of my top places to visit while in Moscow. It’s a historic theater which performs ballet and opera.
Moscow city center is very big and contains so many beautiful and historic places that everyone will fall in love with.
Restaurants & Cafes
Like the sights there are also thousands of different restaurants and cafes in Moscow. From traditional Russian food to Italian and Japanese.
There is even a Laduree Cafe there (Malaya Bronnaya Street, 27/14) which opened this year in March. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be able to buy any signature cakes there in the nearest future. You can however enjoy the macaroons and fancy drinks.
If you want to enjoy the view while eating visit the White Rabbit Restaurant & Bar (Smolensky Passage commercial and business complex, Smolenskaya Square, 3). The interior and the food there are both very fancy.
If you like the beautiful atmosphere as much as I do you can go to Turandot Palace (Tverskoy Boulevard, 26/3). The atmosphere there reminds me of 18th Century France, it has French, Japanese & Chinese menu’s.
I literally couldn’t choose the best restaurants there are way too much (if you are interested in more options, you can visit this site).
Shopping in Moscow can be very expensive (especially if you love brands). Luxurious items and fancy fashion brands can be found only in the city center. There are several shopping streets for that – Petrovka str. where you can find stores such as Chanel, Gucci, Dior and Max Mara; Stoleshnikov per. – Jimmy Choo, Moncler and Agent Provocateur; Bolshaya Dmitrovka str. – Prada. You can also visit GUM, TSUM or Petrovsky Passage – luxury department stores.
For more budget-friendly brands like Zara, Mango and H&M you can visit Okhotny Ryad shopping Mall (Manege Sq, 1/2), Atrium (Zemlyanoy Val str., 33) and Metropolis (Leningradskoye Hwy, 16Ас4).