Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Moscow

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.
Bosco Bar
Drinks and designer ice cream. What more could you want?
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.
Lotte Hotel
Nedalny Vostok
Pan-Asian restaurant bringing the Orient one step closer to Moscow.
Gorky Park
With something for everyone, from swimming to cinema, Gorky Park is popular with both tourists and locals alike.
Kavkazskaya Plennitsa
Kavkazskaya Plennitsa serves the best Georgian food this side of the Caucus and uses local produce. All this to a soundtrack of Soviet classics makes for a memorable evening at this themed restaurant.
BS Limousine
Moscow City Golf Club
Paname
If you're in this part of town, chances are you've fallen victim to the irresistible charms of Stoleshnikov Pereulok's shops. If you've just blown your budget then haul your loot to French bistro Paname which will be much kinder on your pocket.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Housing a truly spectacular collection of Russian Impressionist art, The Pushkin is celebrated internationally.
Tsar’s Hunt
A beautiful hunting lodge style restaurant on the outskirts of Moscow
Glavpivtorg
A beer restaurant housed in the former Soviet Foreign Ministry with rooms that are themed accordingly. Intrigued?
Bar Strelka
Riverside bar in the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design attracts a hip, young crowd...
Uzbekistan
The Uzbekistan has proven time and again that it knows just how to keep its clientele happy.
Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi is as much a Russian landmark, steeped in history both turbulent and opulent, as it is a wonderful, working theatre.
Na Melnitse
A rustic Russian dining experince.
Seven Fridays
Designed to be a restful haven, Seven Fridays offers six 'bedrooms' for dining.
Mio
A restaurant and a nightclub, this place packs a punch.
Ketama
Swap Moscow for Morocco at this chic souk-style café.
Mix
Barvikha
Fabrique
Fancy a night out? This is the best venue for house music in town.
Marco Polo Presnja
Not one for extravagant luxury or quirky design, the Marco Polo is nonetheless situated near one of the smartest areas of town.
State Central Museum Shop
This museum shop is a great place to buy prints of Soviet era posters - interesting from both a historical and aesthetic perspective.
Cantinetta Antinori
Elegant but informal, Antinori's Zürich outpost has oodles of Tuscan charm
Otrada
Although Otrada is a 30-minute drive from the city centre, it's worth it. There are a range of activities on offer to keep even the most restless visitors entertained.
Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora
The Royal Aurora has an individual butler service for every guest, a unique feature for Moscow hotels...
Los Bandidos
You might find yourself feeling a little geographically confused or linguistically baffled by the end of your meal at Los Bandidos but it's definitely worth it.
Galereya
Muscovite snobbery is alive and well here so put on your best face. It's all about image so you'll need to sparkle. But the food and company will make the effort well worth while.
City Grill
If you're finding yourself craving a dose of unpretentious normality, then seek out City Grill for a pleasantly moderate lunch or snack.
Aist
Aist (or 'stork') has a café and a restaurant spread across two devilishly stylish floors.
Swissotel Krasnye Holmy
This hotel is more an emporium than a mere residence; with a vast choice of restaurants, a spectacular bar and a wealth of facilities, there is little need to stray.
Podium
Podium hosts a veritable cornucopia of well known international names, as well as Russian designers.
Expat Salon
Located in cultural Arbatskaya, this expat salon will primp and preen you until you're gorgeous and sparkly, and they'll speak English to you as an added bonus.
Shinok
Shinok tries to capture the essence of rustic life - complete with a babushka, farmyard and staff in traditional Ukranian costumes.

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