10 Jul

48 Hours in Moscow

How to do the Russian capital right

Written By Amina Kaabi

Known for its brutal history and cultural significance, the Russian capital has always been a go-to spot for travellers from all across the globe. But aside from its well-known historical sites like the Red Square and the Kremlin, Moscow has got a lot to offer.

 

Moving away from the opulent architecture and luxury shopping, Moscow has a thriving creative scene—making the city home to some of the coolest galleries, modernist design hotels, and a diverse restaurant scene.

 

So whether you’re there for the World Cup, or are just planning on heading to the capital for a vacation—we give you the lowdown on everything you need to eat, see and visit in the city.

 

Where to stay

 

 

The Ritz Carlton

courtesy of @joshua.travel.k24

 

You’ll like it if: You want to be in the heart of the city.

We love: The rooftop view.

 

541 USD / 1990 AED per person per night

ritzcarlton.com

 

 

Villa Kadashi 

 

You’ll like it if: You prefer staying somewhere quaint and cosy.

We love: The terrace.

 

223 USD / 819 AED per person per night

kadashihotel.com

 

 

Barvikha Hotel & Spa

 

You’ll like it if: You want to feel like you’re at a retreat.

We love: The minimal interior and the spa.

 

 

532 USD / 1957 AED per person per night

barvikhahotel.com

 

 

Where to shop

 

 

Kuznetsky Most 20 (KM20)

 

You’ll like it if: You’re looking for Moscow’s version of Colette.

We love: Their in-store exhibitions and the café.

 

km20.ru

 

 

YOUTH

You’ll like it if: You want to discover local designers.

We love: their wide selection of graphic t-shirts.

 

youthstore.ru

 

 

Belief

courtesy of @beliefmoscow

 

You’ll like it if: You want to discover emerging local and international brands. We love: That they always support local creatives through their foundation.

 

beliefmoscow.com

 

 

Where to eat

 

 

Café Pushkin

courtesy of @cafepushkin

 

You’ll like it if:  You’re looking to try Russian caviar.

We love: That it’s housed in a 19th century mansion.

 

café-pushkin.ru

 

 

Shinok

courtesy of @shinokmoscow

 

You’ll like it if: You want to get a taste of authentic Russian cuisine.

We love: The vegan options.

 

shinok.ru

 

 

Turandot

 

You’ll like it if: You’re want an extravagant dining experience.

We love: The opulent décor.

 

turnadot-palace.ru

 

 

 

Art

 

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

 

Established as a non-profit foundation in 2008, the museum—which was founded by Garage magazine founder Dasha Zhukova—has grown to be Moscow’s most prominent contemporary art collection.

 

garagemca.org

 

 

Winzavod

Once an abandoned complex, Winzavod was transformed into an art complex in 2007 and went on to become the centre of the city’s creative scene, housing an eclectic selection of galleries, studios, shops and restaurants.

 

 

winzavod.ru

 

 

Artplay

 

Much like Winzavod, Artplay is Moscow’s other (but equally cool) art centre. Occupying an entire block, the area is full of galleries displaying the work of the city’s creative talents. Keep an eye out for their markets where you can score some local designs.

 

 

artplay.ru