Foreign travel to russia - 2024

Moscow travel advise

from Artist Anna Polani
Introduction by Anna Polani:
Russian Artist
Welcome to Moscow, a city brimming with inspiration and artistic wonders at every turn. As an artist who has called this dynamic metropolis home for a decade, I invite you to embark on a journey of creativity, culture, and discovery. Join me as we explore the vibrant streets, delve into the rich tapestry of Russian art and cuisine, and uncover hidden gems that inspire the soul.

In this guide, I'll share with you my favorite haunts, from charming cafes serving up delectable Russian pancakes to prestigious galleries showcasing the masterpieces of Russian painters. Together, we'll wander through historic landmarks, traverse the bustling metro stations adorned with magnificent mosaics, and immerse ourselves in the pulsating energy of this magnificent city.

Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast, a culinary connoisseur, or simply a curious traveler seeking new experiences, Moscow offers a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered. So, let's set forth on this artistic odyssey and let the colors of Moscow ignite our imagination and passion for creativity.

Culinary Delights:
  • Teremok: Indulge in authentic Russian pancakes at Teremok (like "blinchiki'). You can find this cafe in every shopping center, on the fast food floor. Teremok is not expensive and tasty.
  • Varenichnaya No. 1: Step back in time and enjoy dishes reminiscent of the USSR era at Varenichnaya No. 1, where meat, vegetables, and fruits encased in dough await.
  • Lyubov Pirogova: For mouthwatering pies, head to Lyubov Pirogova located at Danilovsky Market, where you can sample a variety of sweet and savory treats.
Luxurious Dining Experiences:
  • Restaurant Pushkin: Immerse yourself in Russian elegance at Restaurant Pushkin, where opulent interiors and gourmet cuisine await. Be sure to book your table in advance to secure your spot.
  • Restaurant Doctor Zhivago: Another top choice for luxury dining, Restaurant Doctor Zhivago offers a taste of Russian grandeur along with exquisite culinary delights. The restaurant is located opposite Red Square. In the evening, tables are reserved in advance. But on a weekday morning, you can enjoy a cup of coffee here
Unique Experiences:
  • "Russian" Restaurant (Moscow City): Elevate your dining experience to new heights at the Russian Restaurant on the 85th floor, boasting panoramic views of Moscow.
  • Sakhalin Restaurant: Explore the flavors of Far Eastern Russian cuisine, where culinary delights from the region await.
Restaurant "Sixty"
Michelin-starred restaurant "White Rabbit"
Restaurant of the Artist Zurab Tsereteli
Traditional Russian Delicacies to Try:
  • Baked: Indulge in a variety of Russian pastries and pies, such as pirozhki (stuffed buns), with fillings ranging from meat and cabbage to sweet fruits and berries. Don't miss out on trying sosisochki v teste (sausages wrapped in dough), a beloved street food favorite.
  • Buckwheat Porridge: Experience the versatility of buckwheat as it takes center stage in traditional Russian cuisine. Look for unique presentations of buckwheat porridge in restaurants, featuring creative toppings and accompaniments that elevate this humble dish to new heights.
  • Dairy Delights: Treat yourself to classic Russian dairy dishes made with fresh milk and creamy textures. Sample mouthwatering zapiekanki (baked casseroles) and syrniki (quark pancakes) served with sweet toppings like jam or honey.
  • Sweet Breakfast Porridges: Start your day with a sweet indulgence by trying traditional Russian breakfast porridges, such as oatmeal or semolina cooked with milk and served with a sprinkle of sugar or a drizzle of honey.
  • Borscht: One of the most famous Russian dishes is borscht. This hearty soup, based on beets, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and meat or pork bones, will surely delight you with its rich taste and aroma.
  • Pelmeni: Try aromatic pelmeni - small dumplings usually filled with meat, fish, or potatoes. They are typically served with sour cream or sauce.
  • Shashlik: Enjoy the authentic taste of Russian shashlik - pieces of meat, usually beef, lamb, or pork, marinated and grilled.
  • Olivier Salad: Sample the Russian version of the "Olivier" salad, also known as "Salat Olivier." This salad consists of boiled vegetables, meat, eggs, and pickles, mixed with mayonnaise, creating a flavorful and delicious dish.
  • Golubtsy: Taste golubtsy - cabbage leaves wrapped around a filling of meat, rice, and spices, then baked or stewed in a tomato sauce.
  • Holodets: Try holodets - a traditional Russian dish of jelly, made from meat bones, usually pork or beef. It is often served with mustard and bread.
Art and Culture:
  • Tretyakov Gallery: Dive into Russian art at the Tretyakov Gallery, home to an extensive collection of Russian masterpieces. Metro Tretyakovskaya. Inside the gallery there is an inexpensive cafe with traditional Russian cuisine. There are delicious pies there.
  • Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts: Marvel at impressionist artworks at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, located near Kropotkinskaya metro station. The museum has exhibition spaces in 2 buildings. They are nearby, but they have different art collections.
  • GES-2: Experience contemporary art at GES-2, a former power plant transformed into a center for artistic innovation. Visiting is free(!), registration on the website. Metro Kropotkinskaya.
  • Winzavod: Explore the vibrant art scene at Winzavod, housing numerous galleries showcasing works by contemporary russian artists. Visiting is free, metro Kurskaya
Must-Visit Landmarks:
  • Moscow Metro: Take a ride on the Moscow Metro, renowned for its stunning architecture and intricate designs. The most beautiful metro stations: Kyiv, Arbatskaya (dark blue line), Revolution Square, Novoslobodskaya. The metro is equipped with Wi-Fi, phone chargers and easy navigation.
  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior: a symbol of Russia's spiritual heritage, metro Kropotkinskaya. It is important for women to cover their heads with a headscarf when entering (!!!)
  • Red Square: Immerse yourself in history at Red Square, home to iconic landmarks such as St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin.
  • GUM: a historic shopping center boasting beautiful architecture and a wide range of shops. On the 3rd floor you can visit the gallery for free. And on the 1st floor you will find the atmospheric BOSCO cafe. In the summer, you can visit their veranda overlooking Red Square.
  • VDNKh: Explore the sprawling VDNKh complex, featuring pavilions representing the diverse cultures of the CIS countries, along with attractions like the Cosmonautics Museum.
Nikolskaya st, near Red Square.
"Berezki" russian tree
Panarama view from restaurant on Arbat Street
Unforgettable Experiences:
  • Gorky Park: Rent a scooter and enjoy a leisurely ride around Gorky Park, a popular recreational spot beloved by locals and tourists alike.
  • Coffee on Red Square: Enjoy a cup of coffee amidst the historic surroundings of Red Square, especially enchanting during warm evenings.
  • Patriarch's Ponds: Take a leisurely stroll around Patriarch's Ponds in the evening, soaking in the tranquil atmosphere of this picturesque neighborhood.
  • Ice Skating: Embrace the winter spirit and go ice skating on Red Square or at VDNKh, creating unforgettable memories against the backdrop of Moscow's landmarks.
  • City Exploration: Wander from Tverskaya metro station to Pushkinskaya, discovering hidden gems and charming streets along the way.
  • Grand Coffeemania: Treat yourself to a delightful coffee experience at Grand Coffeemania, located opposite the FSB building at Lubyanka metro station.
  • Ferris Wheel at VDNKh: Conclude your Moscow adventure with a ride on the Ferris wheel at VDNKh, offering panoramic views of the cityscape.
GUM, winter time
Ice Skating on Red Square
inside GUM
What else?
Day Trips:
  • Consider taking day trips from Moscow to nearby attractions such as Sergiev Posad, home to the stunning Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, or the picturesque town of Suzdal, known for its well-preserved architecture and charming atmosphere.
Russian Baths (Banyas):
  • Experience a traditional Russian banya for a unique cultural immersion. Relax and rejuvenate in the steam rooms, followed by invigorating cold plunges and hearty Russian meals.
  • Best Banyas - (use translator)
Language and Cultural Exchanges:
  • Engage in language and cultural exchanges with locals through platforms like language exchange meetups, cultural events, and homestay experiences, providing opportunities to practice Russian and gain firsthand insights into Russian life and customs.
  • The best online platform for organizing meetings - Couchsurfing
Useful Apps for Exploring Moscow:
  • Moscow Metro: Take a ride on the Moscow Metro, renowned for its stunning architecture and intricate designs.
  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior: Admire the majestic beauty of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, a symbol of Russia's spiritual heritage.
  • Red Square: Immerse yourself in history at Red Square, home to iconic landmarks such as St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin.
  • GUM: Shop and dine in style at GUM, a historic shopping center boasting beautiful architecture and a wide range of shops.
  • VDNKh: Explore the sprawling VDNKh complex, featuring pavilions representing the diverse cultures of the CIS countries, along with attractions like the Cosmonautics Museum.
As your journey through Moscow comes to an end, I hope you've been inspired by the city's beauty, culture, and creativity.

Remember, Moscow is more than just a destination – it's a canvas waiting to be explored and painted with your unique perspective. Whether you've indulged in the flavors of Russian cuisine, marveled at masterpieces in art galleries, or simply wandered through the streets, I hope this experience has ignited your passion for creativity and adventure.
As you continue your travels or return home, carry with you the memories and inspiration gathered from Moscow's vibrant tapestry. And remember, the world is your canvas, waiting for your brushstrokes to bring it to life.

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Until we meet again, farewell and safe travels!
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