We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

88%
Found this guide helpful

Three days in Moscow will fly by as fast as a Russian troika (the iconic carriage drawn by three horses)! Follow my suggested itinerary and make the most of your time in Moscow by discovering the best of Russia's art and culture, both visually and gastronomically.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter

14 Places

3 City Tips

Save All
Print
Map

14 Places

Day 1

Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Lane

Art Museums

Strelka Bar

Restaurants

Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val

Art Museums

Bolshoi Theatre

Architectural Buildings, Ballets, Operas, Theaters

Day 2

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Museums

Dom 12

Restaurants

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Art Museums

Farm-to-table restaurant LavkaLavka

Restaurants

Day 3

Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

Specialty Museums

Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)

Specialty Museums

GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin)

Architectural Buildings, Department Stores

Ugolek

Restaurants

The Armoury

Art Museums, History Museums, Military Museums

Masha K's City Tips

  • The Moscow metro is fast, easy to navigate and cheap. Cards are available for multi-trips of 11, 20 and more.
  • Tipping is normally 10-15% of the bill, but it really depends on how satisfied you are with the service and the meal.
  • Instead of buying typical souvenirs on Arbat Street, check out museum stores or shop in Gorkiy Park for something more creative.
    Day 1
  • Save
    Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Lane
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    The former private collection of Pavel Treatyakov, assembled in the 19th century, exemplifies the best works by the most famous Russian artists. The permanent collection stretches from Orthodox icons to the early 20th century — except for Russian avant-garde (which you will find in a separate building). The gallery building itself, designed by Viktor Vasnetsov, refers to Russian medieval architecture and is in itself, worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buying tickets online might be a good idea, to avoid getting stuck in line.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Best of Russian Art! 08/01/2015
    • One not to miss! 07/31/2015
    • Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Lane
    Address:
    10-12, Lavrushinsky Pereulok
    Moscow 119017
    Russia
    Phone:
    495 953 1051
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Save
    Strelka Bar
    Restaurants (Bar, International, European, Vegetarian, Pub)
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    Take a stroll to Strelka Bar for lunch. Here, you will find a menu of delicious food, as well as a stunning view of the Moscow River and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior — rebuilt in the 1990s, years after it was destroyed in the 1920s.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • During summer, be sure to book a table outside on the terrace.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #437 of 7,988 restaurants in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun place to drink and dine 07/27/2015
    • Great place for a drink and meal with a view of the river 07/25/2015
    • Strelka Bar
    Address:
    Bersenevskaya Emb., 14/5A
    Moscow 119072
    Russia
    Phone:
    7-495-771-74-16
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Mon - Thu
    9:00 am - 12:00 am
    Fri
    9:00 am - 3:00 am
    Sat
    12:00 pm - 3:00 am
    Other:
  • Save
    Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    You'll find the 'Black Square' by Malevich here, as well as lots of other top works from the Russian avant-garde art movement. The collection begins with the works of Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, and extends through the Soviet period and to contemporary Russian art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Muzeon Park is just around the corner, so you can combine the museum visit with an outdoor exhibition of Post-Soviet sculpture.
    • There is no cafe at this museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Terrific museum of 20th century Russian artists! 07/16/2015
    • Exceptional 07/12/2015
    • Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val
    Address:
    10, Krymsky Val
    Moscow 117049
    Russia
    Phone:
    495 953 1051
    Other:
  • Save
    Bolshoi Theatre
    Architectural Buildings, Ballets, Operas, Theaters
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    After the Napoleon army took over Moscow in 1812, the city got heavily destroyed after the infamous fire. Architect Bove was one of the main figures to lead the city's recovery. Bolshoi Theater was also restructured and soon became one of the symbols of the classical Moscow of the 19th century. With the emperor's loge, heavy red velvet and golden decorations and the mesmerizing performances on both the New and the Old scene, Bolshoi Theater represents the finest example of the Russian art and culture.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • A restaurant "The Bolshoi" is just around the corner — it's a bit pricey but also very sophisticated and a great example of the Russian cuisine.
    • People tend to dress up for the shows, so make sure you carry some elegance as well.
    • In case you decide to visit the museum of the Bolshoi Theater, you'll have to contact the museum and make an appointment.
    • Keep in mind that the shows here get sold out months in advance!
    • I recommend you try champagne and bread with butter and caviar in the theater's cafe — a truly genuine experience.
    • There is a nice new souvenir shop inside the theater.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice surroundings and great history 07/31/2015
    • Great performance 07/29/2015
    • Bolshoi Theatre
    Address:
    1 Teatralnyy proyezd
    Moscow
    Russia
    Phone:
    095/292-0050
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Save
    Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    A must-visit if you are an art lover, as I am! This museum is housed in a temporary pavilion with columns made of paper, designed by Shigeru Ban. There are normally a couple exhibitions taking place simultaneously, but as the current space isn't huge, you can see everything in a short, refreshing visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tour guides are very knowledgeable, and a tour is highly recommended!
    • Don't miss the great cafe and museum shop.
    • Check the website in case the temporary pavilion location has changed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #170 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Garage in Moscow 07/13/2015
    • newest museum in Moscow 06/30/2015
    • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
    Address:
    Krymskiy Val St., 9/32
    Moscow
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 645-05-20
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Fri - Sun
    12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Save
    Dom 12
    Restaurants (Italian, French, Russian)
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    Recently opened, Dom 12 quickly became a center for the artistic social scene and parties. There is a very nice inner courtyard too, where you can relax over a simple, delicious lunch — the perfect pause during a long day of walking.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Look for art pieces on the walls — all part of the exhibition which runs through the cafe. These works by contemporary artists could serve as great souvenirs from your trip!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,956 of 7,988 restaurants in Moscow
    • Очень вкусно кормят 08/01/2015
    • Очень заботливы 07/30/2015
    • Dom 12
    Address:
    Mansurovsky Pereulok, 12
    Moscow
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 903 968-88-97
    Other:
  • Save
    Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    One of the most important museums in Russia. The works here come from three private collections: Schukin and Morozov's collections of modern art (including fantastic pieces by Monet, Gaugin, Van Gogh, and Matisse), and Ivan Tsevtaev's collection of molds from Greek and Roman sculpture. Yet another reason for visiting this museum however is to see the architecture of the building itself, beautifully designed to specifically complement the different epochs of art it houses — from the Egyptian temple to the Renaissance-style palazzo inner courtyard.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not rely on the museum cafe; rather, plan a lunch elsewhere.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A place to visit while in Moscow 07/28/2015
    • TOO MANY COPIES 07/27/2015
    • Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
    Address:
    Volhonka St., 12
    Moscow 119019
    Russia
    Phone:
    7-495-697-95-78
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
  • Save
    Farm-to-table restaurant LavkaLavka
    Restaurants (Russian)
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    Famous for serving food made with ingredients from local farmers, LavkaLavka showcases a great variety of creative recipes drawn from traditional Russian cuisine. Definitely a place to discover something other than borsch and vodka!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The set menus are great!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 7,988 restaurants in Moscow
    • Not to miss! 07/29/2015
    • Unpleasant surprise 07/29/2015
    • Farm-to-table restaurant LavkaLavka
    Address:
    Petrovka St. 21-2
    Moscow
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 903 115-50-33
    Price range:
    $23 - $32
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 pm - 1:00 am
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Save
    Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
    Specialty Museums
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    The well-preserved epicenter of Russian state and religious power. The Kremlin was originally a fortress built by Italian architects, and originally white in color. It was later painted red, and during its history, has passed between the Poles, the Bolsheviks and later to the Communists. In the end, the space was opened up to the public, and is a beautiful space featuring medieval churches and buildings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book a ticket online.
    • Women should cover their heads when visiting the churches here.
    • A horse guard ceremony takes place here on a regular basis — check the website and make sure you don't miss it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning! 07/31/2015
    • Many atractive things inside the Kremlin complex. 07/31/2015
    • Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
    Address:
    Red Square
    Moscow 103073
    Russia
    Phone:
    (495) 624-55-03
    Hours:
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Save
    Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    The country's main square technically is not red. The etymology of the name refers to red as 'beautiful' — the name the square got in the 17th century. The square is flanked by the Kremlin and mausoleum, the Historical museum, the GUM Department store and the Cathedral of St. Basil. Also, it's interesting to know that the Soviet government buried their highest-ranking military officials (along with some mass graves in 1917) by the Kremlin wall.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • During winter there is an ice-skating rink on the square.
    • The Square is quite small in fact.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see location 07/31/2015
    • Couldnt appreciate 07/31/2015
    • Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
    Address:
    Krasnaya ploshchad
    Moscow
    Russia
    Phone:
    292-4019
    Other:
  • Save
    Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)
    Specialty Museums
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    This heavily guarded building is one of my favorite museums inside the Kremlin. It showcases Russia's finest examples of jewelery and precious stones — from elegant brooches of empresses to the country's map made entirely of diamonds.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's not possible to take photos since you must leave all your personal belongings before entering the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Astonishing !! 07/31/2015
    • More bling than a rap star's bathroom 07/30/2015
    • Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)
    Address:
    Kremlin
    Moscow
    Russia
    Phone:
    495/629-2036
    Other:
  • Save
    GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin)
    Architectural Buildings, Department Stores
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    Built at the end of 19th century by the famous Russian architect Vladimir Shukhov, this store was a temple of abundance during Soviet times. Here one could find almost everything, which is why the literal translation from Russian is 'all embracing shop.' Nowadays, shopping is often not the purpose of a visit here, due to the high prices and quite banal choice of luxury brands, but I would still suggest walking through the galleries to observe the beautiful architecture.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Look for the famous ice cream cones sold on the ground floor by women wearing white caps.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hybrif of moern and historical 07/30/2015
    • High end shopping 07/29/2015
    • GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin)
    Address:
    Red Square, 3
    Metro Ploshchad Revolyutsii
    Moscow
    Russia
    Phone:
    495 788-4343
    Other:
  • Save
    Ugolek
    Restaurants (Italian, International)
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    This restaurant is located close to the Red Square and the Kremlin. After sightseeing, take a short break here and you will be welcomed into a universe of delicious food created by Italian chef Uiliam Lamberti. The restaurant's stylish interior with the iron ovens that were shipped here from the US will make a perfect accompaniment to your meal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to book a table in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #163 of 7,988 restaurants in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent people watching place, good food, overpriced 07/27/2015
    • WORTH TO VISIT 07/18/2015
    • Ugolek
    Address:
    Bolshaya Nikitskaya st., 12
    Moscow
    Russia
    Phone:
    (926) 119-81-11
    Other:
  • Save
    The Armoury
    Art Museums, History Museums, Military Museums
    See more photos
    Masha K Says:

    There are numerous treasures to explore here, but my favorites are the sections that exhibit Russian tsars' and emperors' costumes and coaches. While some of the sections displaying international gifts and armory might appear a bit boring and repetitive (another goblet made of gold, another medieval gun), you're sure to be impressed by the Monomakh's Cap and other headpieces formerly owned by the tsars and emperors.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This place is so popular that I can't imagine a time when you can avoid the crowds!
    • Plan your visit in advance: book your tickets and consider a tour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 1,917 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Armoury 08/01/2015
    • Real treasures inside this museum! 07/31/2015
    • The Armoury
    Address:
    Dvortsovaya St., 1R
    Moscow 103073
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 (495) 695-37-76
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Other:
top
×
Was this guide helpful?
YesNo