Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Moscow

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.
Mamaison
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.
Garage
Garage's automotive theme sets it apart from other clubbing choices. This is a smaller venue which also offers several bars, a restaurant and weekly strips just to keep things interesting.
Propaganda
Put your trust in the Propaganda DJs and dance, dance, dance.
Central House of Writers
Following the hallowed trail of Russia's rich literary legacy? Seeking to soak up some linguistic inspiration? Or do you just wish to dine Russian style in a bond fide Russian architectural treasure? This is the place.
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.
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.
Peperoni
Authentic Italian flavours and a classy atmosphere to match.
Vanil
A fabulous French and Japanese fusion restaurant with a view of Christ the Redeemer Cathedral.
Sunrise Cafe
The Sunrise Café is golden and stylish and intimate, everything you could want from a 24 hour DJ lounge, café and bar.
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.
Shafran
Be transported to a far-off land of falafel, hummus and pitta bread at this beautifully decorated Lebanese restaurant.
L’Altro Bosco
A glamorous shopping trip requires an equally glossy stop-off point and L'Altro Bosco is just that. Oil paintings chandeliers and crisp white linen tablecloths make the atmosphere refined yet comfortable.
Yoko
Moscow's answer to fabulous Japanese cooking.
Marriott Moscow Grand
Forming part of the renowned Marriott chain, the luxury of the Grand Hotel neither surprises nor disappoints...
Moscow State Conservatory
Classical concerts are performed daily at this impressive concert hall.
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.
Tretyakovsky Proezd
If you are looking to spend a lot of money on a few special items look no further than this classy cobbled street where you'll find Ferrari only a stone's throw away from Gucci.
GUM
A mall-like department store that is steadily filling with more upscale boutiques and stuffed with many familiar international brands.
Papermoon
Delicious Italian and Adriatic cuisine can be found at Papermoon.
Jazz Town
Head to this club for a night of dance or chill in the heart and soul of Moscow jazz.
Vesna
Located on the busy Novy Arbat, Vesna is a department store containing lots of clothing perfumery and porcelain international brand names.
Maharaja
Should you fancy a curry in Moscow, this is the place.
Kadashevskaya
Goa
Young, casual fashion for that all-American look.
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.
Agalarov Estate
Night Flight
A majority of the men here will have come with a specific and expensive agenda but it is an experience in itself even for those who just want the party.
Nostalgie
Haute cuisine, velvet drapes, cigars - this is a wonderfully rich, extravagant place to dine.
First
The name is not a false boast; First really is a top venue with a dance floor which kicks off early in the evening without easing off until early the following morning.
Phantom
Formerly a theatre, the dramatic Phantom is a casino with a difference - take to the stage and find out if your night will be a tragedy or a comedy!
Moscow Cars
Svetily
One of the best restaurants in Moscow Svetily is tucked away in an anonymous side street...
Red Bar
Chill out with a glass of something fabulous 27 floors above the Moscow city streets.
Hotel Sovietsky
Marki Boutique
Marki Boutique has a philosophy of combining good basic brands with post-Soviet era designers and each piece is handmade and utterly unique.
Correa’s No. 1
At Correa's the focus is entirely on the food, which is sumptuous. You can even get a takeway or place a delivery order - a welcome initiative given there are only seven (hotly contested) tables.
Old Arbat
Both shops and street vendors hawk their wares in Arbat and it is one of the places to go to buy the fur hats and Soviet paraphernalia that no trip to Russia would be complete without.

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