Flights to Moscow (DME)

To walk among Moscow’s most appealing attractions is to explore a city that’s firmly rooted in the past while also looking to the future.
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Moscow, Russia

What to do in Moscow

Tune in at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Anyone who appreciates classical music should add the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to the itinerary. Not only is this educational institution architecturally stunning, as a concert venue it also attracts some of the best musicians in the world. Best of all, many of the performances are free – just check their website for details.

Bolshaya Nikitskaya ul, 13/6
125009
+7 495 629 9401
mosconsv.ru

Skate (or stroll) at Gorky Park

Gorky Park is a space for all seasons. In summer, an on-site amusement park, complete with Ferris wheel, really comes into its own. But the magic really happens in winter when the ponds freeze over and it becomes Europe’s biggest ice rink.

Krymskiy Val Ulitsa
9
119049
+7 495 995 0020
park-gorkogo.com

Watch ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre

Tickets to a show at this iconic theatre can be hard to come by, but it’s worth it for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Moscow’s oldest theatre is home to one of the most famous ballet companies in the world. Swan Lake premiered here in the late 19th century and it continues to draw the finest dance, drama and opera troupes.

Bolshoi Theatre
Theatre Square, 1
125009
+7 495 455 5555
bolshoi.ru/en

Relax at Sandunovsky Spa

There’s nothing more relaxing than steaming away your troubles at the banya, or Russian sauna –so long as you don’t embrace the local tradition that involves being beaten with birch twigs. Sandunovsky (also known as Sanduny) is Moscow’s most famous and luxurious banya. Take a local friend along if you’re not familiar with the etiquette.

Neglinnaya Ulitsa 14
Bldg 3-7
Kuznetsky Most
107031
+7 495 625 4631
sanduny.ru

Visit Red Square

The Red Square is an absolute Moscow must-see. A visit to this icon can encompass not only the square itself but also other stunning icons. This includes the 16th century St Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, the Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum (which is only open on certain days – so it’s best to check ahead). You’ll also have a change to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Once you’ve seen the sights, take a stroll along the nearby Moscow River.

Red Square
101000
+7 495 623 5527
whc.unesco.org

Explore Moscow Kremlin

One of the most recognisable sights in all of Russia, you could easily spend a whole day exploring this imposing Fortress on Borovitsky Hill. It’s hard to pick a favourite attraction, but the Armoury comes close – don’t miss the incredible diamond collection, which includes the jewels of Catherine the Great.

Red Square
103073
+7 495 695 3776
kreml.ru/en

Where to eat in Moscow

Rulet (European)

This hidden gem in the trendy Tsvetnoy Bulvar area feels more like a cafe than a restaurant, but it’s still a great spot for dinner. That’s all thanks to the impeccably cooked European seasonal treats, from the crispy duck confit to the rich tiramisu. Plus, the prices are very reasonable for the area.

1-ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya ulitsa, 17
125047
+7 495 287 0718
facebook.com/caferulet

Delicatessen (International)

This trendy restaurant is a hidden gem – in fact, the entrance boasts a sign that says, “Thank you for finding us”. More than worth the search, the food is outstanding, with the eclectic menu scribbled on the walls. They serve everything from pasta and pizza to oxtail and ceviche, plus the best burgers in town.

‪Ul Sadovaya-Karetnaya, 20
Street 2
Metro Tsvetnoy Bulvar
127051
+7 495 699 3952
newdeli.ru

Café Pushkin (Russian)

Dining at the ever-popular Café Pushkin means booking well in advance, but it’s worth it. A restaurant, 24-hour cafe and rooftop terrace, everything from the decor to the uniforms has been curated to feel like you’re dining in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Tverskoy bulvar, 26А
125009
+7 495 739 0033
cafe-pushkin.ru

Piccolino (Italian)

As you’d expect from a restaurant whose name is Italian for small, Piccolino is rather cosy. But while the place is small, the portions are generous – hearty, home-cooked Italian food, served in a setting designed to resemble a rustic country house. This is a welcome antidote to some of Moscow’s glitzier venues.

1st Kolobovskiy Lane, 11
Metro Tsvetnoy Bulvar
127051
+7 495 694 0818
facebook.com/piccolino.restorante

Turandot (Asian fusion)

Perhaps the grandest of Moscow’s restaurants, the designers of Turandot must have subscribed to the ‘go big or go home’ design ethos. As uniformed waiters serve up tasty Asian fusion cuisine, you may find yourself sharing your palatial dining room with a rotating golden peacock.

Tverskoy bulvar, 26А
125009
+7 495 739 0011
turandot-palace.ru

Uilliam’s (European)

Uilliam’s is a welcome break from the fancy, over-the-top dining that you find a lot of in Moscow. The decor is bright and minimal, with hardwood floors, chalkboard menus and an open kitchen, giving it the feel of a quaint Parisian bistro. The restaurant serves up an eclectic European menu, and stays open well into the early hours.

‪Malaya Bronnaya Street, 20A
123104
+7 495 650 6462
facebook.com/Uilliams.restaurant

Places to stay in Moscow

Barvikha Hotel & Spa

If you crave the serenity of being out of the city, take the short drive to Barvikha Hotel & Spa. This romantic spot is worth blowing the budget for. Located in a forest just a few miles from the city centre, a stay in one of these luxurious, cosy rooms feels like a true escape.

Rublevo-Uspenskoye shosse, 114/3
Barvikha
143083
+7 495 225 8880
barvikhahotel.com/en

Budapest Hotel

This charming, old-fashioned hotel is located in a quiet street, but just a short walk away from some of Moscow’s biggest attractions including the Bolshoi Theatre and Red Square. It has a very relaxed atmosphere, so it’s perfect for a quiet city break. Plus, the rates are very wallet-friendly.

Petrovskiye Linii ul, 2/18
127051
+7 495 925 3050
hotel-budapest.ru/en/

Ararat Park Hyatt

There’s plenty going for this luxury hotel, from its central yet serene location to its comfortable, well-appointed rooms and impeccable service. When you book, be sure to ask for one of the Winter Garden suites – they’re a little more expensive, but worth it for the rooftop terrace and city views.

4 Neglinnaya Street
109012
+7 495 783 1234
moscow.park.hyatt.com

Golden Apple

With just under 100 rooms, this is one of Moscow’s cosiest five-star hotels. Located in a 19th century building just off Pushkinskaya Square and close to all the attractions of Red Square, this intimate hotel has colourful, modern rooms, 24-hour room service and a relaxed restaurant and lounge.

Ulitsa Malaya Dmitrovka, 11
127006
+7 495 980 7000
goldenapple.ru

Swissotel Krasnye Holmy

At 34 storeys high, this luxury hotel is one of the tallest buildings in the city, towering over the vibrant House of Music next door. When you’re not hanging out in your stylish room or relaxing in the spa or swimming pool, head to the City Space lounge for some of Moscow’s best views.

Kosmodamianskaya nab 52
Building 6
115054
+7 495 787 9800
swissotel.com/hotels/moscow

The Ritz-Carlton Moscow

If money is no object (or if you simply like to live the high life on holiday), this ornate five-star hotel will fit the bill. Located near Red Square and the Kremlin, this is where the more extravagant locals and visitors come to spend their rubles. Visit Caviarterra for a Sunday brunch of local and Georgian cuisine, and the famous O2 Lounge for dizzying views.

Tverskaya Street 3
125009
+7 495 225 8888
ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Moscow

Articles from Open Skies

Red October Factory, Moscow“Krasny Oktyabr”, as it’s called by locals, is a 4.72-hectare mixed-use complex located on the westernmost part of Bolotny Island, not far from the Kremlin. Plans to convert the 19th Century complex into residences were stymied in the face of a faltering economy, but it wasn’t long before the creative community moved in to transform the area into one of Moscow’s coolest neighbourhoods. Today, the red-bricked labyrinth is home to design studios, production houses, restaurants with terraces and artisan boutiques
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Red October Factory, Moscow

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