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
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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
You’ll like it if: You prefer staying somewhere quaint and cosy.
We love: The terrace.
223 USD / 819 AED per person per night
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
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.
You’ll like it if: You want to discover local designers.
We love: their wide selection of graphic t-shirts.
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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.
Where to eat
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You’ll like it if: You’re looking to try Russian caviar.
We love: That it’s housed in a 19th century mansion.
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You’ll like it if: You want to get a taste of authentic Russian cuisine.
We love: The vegan options.
You’ll like it if: You’re want an extravagant dining experience.
We love: The opulent décor.
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.
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.
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.