Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Moscow

Room 109
A chic store selling vintage jewellery and designer clothing in Moscow’s Arbat District, Room 109 is a must-shop for fashion lovers.
Bon
Expeditsya
It would be snobbery to dismiss Expeditsya as a tourist-trap gimmick when the locals have so fully embraced the venue. Allow your imagination free rein as you forge your way through a smorgasboard of hunter's delights.
Sretenskaya Hotel
Decorated in Russian folkloric style, the Stretenskaya is a colourful place which boasts a winter garden, sauna, pool, gym and underground parking.
Chaihona No. 1
It's hard to imagine something more welcoming than this Uzbek Yurt in Gorky Park with its warming colours, roaring open fire and the delicious smell of hookah pipes.
Vesna
Citrus
Big, beautiful buffet fare at Citrus, all-day dining inside the Leela Kempinski.
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is an appropriate name for this cafe where the charm is understated, the atmosphere snug and the prices reasonable.
Simple Pleasures
Karoake and a martini? Or perhaps, a glass of a fine single malt whiskey by the fireplace? Indulge your simple, but fantastic, pleasures here.
Vision Cocktail Hall
Minimalist and yet colourful, this bar is a vision.
Sirena
Classic seafood restaurant that has remained popular for the best of twenty years.
Maki Cafe
Close enough to the shopping district to offer post-spree respite, Maki Café is a hidden gem. Excellent value for money and the perfect place to unwind with a little jazz.
Noyev Kovcheg
Colourful stained-glass screens and mosaic floors create a pleasant impression of warmth hospitality and comfort at this Armenian restaurant.
Veranda u Dachi
Try your hand at the Chinese tea ceremony, relax with a hookah pipe or enjoy a leisurely Sunday lunch at Veranda.
Krik
Krik is Moscow's classiest karaoke venue. Yes, we said it, a classy karaoke joint.
Pavilion
A trendy fusion restaurant in the upmarket restaurant district of Patriarch's Ponds.
Gusyatnikoff
Combining the perfect amounts of relaxed atmospheric splendour and even better Russian cuisine.
Bed Cafe
The critical quandry after a day of sightseeing is whether to rest or rejuvenate. Bed undoubtedly is the best answer to both options.
Che
Rage against the machine (society/government/institution of your choice) in this revolutionary dungeon. After your wild night you could cool off with a nocturnal walk across the Red Square.
Goodman’s
Don't be put off by the plain dimly lit interior: Goodman's offers the best burgers and steaks in town.
Starlite Diner
Aluminum tables wink at you under the bright lights and the walls are covered in pictures which either bring back memories or cause the younger generation to cringe... This diner aims to be all-American and pretty much is.
Shafran
Be transported to a far-off land of falafel, hummus and pitta bread at this beautifully decorated Lebanese restaurant.
Help
This place is cocktail-tastic. With award winning drinks, an unpretentious atmosphere and a general fun loving ethos amongst the staff and patrons, this is one bar you should definitely experience.
Shanti
Whether you are in a group or in more specific company you will find a recess to fit your circumstances and frame of mind here in the diverse realms of Shanti.
Yoko
Moscow's answer to fabulous Japanese cooking.
COX
Designer menswear and womenswear produced by up-and-coming Russian talent, often resulting in innovative and sometimes quite unique results. The place for something a little bit different.
Peperoni
Authentic Italian flavours and a classy atmosphere to match.
Konkovo Market
A chance to pit your wits against the traders of Moscow's Konkovo market. Practice your poker face and be prepared to walk away if you don't get your way.
Barashka
Barashka is one of several restaurants in this area but it is quite hidden. Don't be deterred, this Azeri cuisine eatery is incredibly good value and has a wonderful wine selection - it's worth finding.
Maharaja
Should you fancy a curry in Moscow, this is the place.
Vesna
Located on the busy Novy Arbat, Vesna is a department store containing lots of clothing perfumery and porcelain international brand names.
Jazz Town
Head to this club for a night of dance or chill in the heart and soul of Moscow jazz.
Petrovsky Passage
This shopping passage is a smaller but sparklier version of GUM, also owned by Bosco di Ciliegi. It houses names such as Bosco Donna Uomo Kenzo Etro and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Shatyor
Shatyor is a welcome and refreshing sanctuary which creates the illusion of being miles away from the buzz of the city, despite being right in the centre of Moscow.
Aldebaran
The stained-glass windows and sweeping Art Nouveau marble staircase of this cafe neatly compliment a visit to the museums opposite. Traditional Russian and European cafe food is served.
Bar Strelka
Riverside bar in the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design attracts a hip, young crowd...
Na Melnitse
A rustic Russian dining experince.
Gorky Park
With something for everyone, from swimming to cinema, Gorky Park is popular with both tourists and locals alike.
Nedalny Vostok
Pan-Asian restaurant bringing the Orient one step closer to Moscow.
Uzbekistan
The Uzbekistan has proven time and again that it knows just how to keep its clientele happy.

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