My Guide To Moscow

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Tourist in my own home… 

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The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (aka Saint Basil’s Cathedral) on Red Square.

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Zara dress, Gucci belt, Prada sunglasses and shoes, Chanel bag.

I am beyond embarrassed to admit, but I might be one of the worst Moscow guides there is. Before you judge me for not knowing my birth city, I did move away when I was 10-years-old to study in England and whenever I came home it was purely to see my family rather than explore the city with my friends. However, my admiration for the history, the culture, food and incredible growth of Moscow has never withered and I’ve become even more nostalgic for it as I get older.

One thing that is pointed out to me a lot by people who have visited, or who are looking to travel there, is that the locals are unapproachable and ‘scary’. Now we may not be the smiling bunch, blame the history, but once you get past the frosty exterior (vodka helps) we are actually very loving and extremely inclusive. English isn’t widely spoken so I suggest staying in a good hotel and knowing someone to show you aroundI think spring or early summer is best time to visit so you can explore the city to the max, though if you’re wishing for a white Christmas and -15oC then December is ideal. 

Hotels
Ritz Carlton for pure luxury and views over the Kremlin
Radisson Royal Hotel – for iconic Russian feel
Mercure Moscow Baumanskaya – for boutique hotel lovers 

Eat
Bolshoi – fine pre theatre dining
Country That Does Not Exist – trendy crowds with views over the Bolshoi theatre
Pushkin – for deeply traditional Russian cooking
Valenok – for modern Russian cooking and near the circus
Uzbekistan – I love meaty feasts on offer, make sure to book a table outside in the summer
Turandot – for ‘wow’ interior serving not 1 not 2 but 4 different cuisines  

See
Christ The Church Our Saviour – for jaw dropping eye popping experience
Red Square including Saint Basils and Kremlin – for the bucket list
Kolomenskoe – for the history
Bolshoi Theatre – for the culture
Cat Theatre – for something purrrely weird
Tretyakov Gallery – for Russian art
Sanduny Banya – for traditional and somewhat aggressive bathing experience
Leninskyi Gori – for the view 

Shop
Gum – building with history and plenty of great stores
Tsum – think London Selfridges
Tretyakovsky passage – finest boutiques on offer
Stoleshnikov – cobbled street filled with top designers 

Caught the travel bug? Read more of my guides here:
My Guide To New York
My Guide to Paris
My guide to Amsterdam 

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