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Moscow Culinary Tour

Russia's bling-crazy capital is home to some of the country's best restaurants.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  Moscow’s restaurant scene is a booming one. London minimalism, Romanov pomp, Tokyo appropriation, Cossack kitsch—it’s all here... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Bosco Bar

Every tourist trap should be like Bosco Bar (adjacent to the expensive Bosco Café), with its prime Red Square tables and surprisingly elegant pastas and salads served alongside Russian classics. Have a delicious arugula salad while gazing out at Lenin’s mausoleum and St. Basil’s candy-colored domes.

Address:
3 Red Square
Moscow
Russia

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The kitchen spins out its own spicy regional feast. Khachapuri pies ooze pungent cheese; knotted khinkali dumplings squirt peppery meat juices; chicken satsivi is cloaked in a complex walnut sauce tinted yellow with marigold petals.

Address:
11 Novy Arbat, Bldg. 2
Moscow
Russia

Phone:
7-495-203-9453

3. Konditerskaya Pushkin

Order flaky pirozhki and almond croissants at this neo-Baroque pastry annex of the ever-popular Café Pushkin.

Address:
26/5 Tverskoi Bul.
Moscow
Russia

Phone:
7-495-788-0600

Arkady Novikov’s Nedalny Vostok ("the Near East") has an Asian-fusion menu that doesn’t forget it’s in Russia—as if Jean-Georges Vongerichten took a detour into the steppes and picked up a few new tricks. Straganina, for example, is sashimi in the Siberian manner: shaved curls of fish kissed by frost and served with lime, salt, and white... More

A self-service homegrown hot spot. No gels or foams here at this doting replica of a Communist-era stolovaya (workers’ canteen) within the ritzy GUM department store. Just smoky pea soup, oladyi (small, lacy blini) fried in rich Vologda butter, and cleanly rendered herring under a fur coat (a.k.a. beet salad), that sine qua non of a proletarian... More

6. Taras Bulba Korchma

At this raucous, democratically priced Cossack-themed chain, the food may lack finesse, but the garlic-studded cold pork, sour-creamed braised rabbit, and porcini caps pickled with black-currant leaf are just right with the horseradish-infused vodka.

Address:
30/7 Petrovka Ul.
Moscow
Russia

Phone:
7-495-694-6082