Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Moscow

Ballantine’s Bar
If you're a little fed up of the stringent face-control exercised at many a Moscow establishment, head over to Ballantine's where doormen are a little more lenient and the dance-floor is the domain of a young, fun-loving crowd.
Macho Grill
Carnival style, South American inspired restaurant prepared to get your taste buds dancing
Uilliam’s
Uilliam's Moscow restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere and modern fusion menu that appeals to the city's bright young things...
Tretyakov Spa
Following a heavy night around town, why not head for a treatment. The elegant decor and soft lighting makes for a perfect day of rest, and if you are keen to add to a day of extravagance, do a spot of shopping on this glamorous street.
Yeliseev’s Grocery Store
Yeliseev's is a beautifully restored mansion turned grocery store with marble counters, chandeliers and stained glass.
Scandinavia
A far cry from the gilded opulence you might find in many of Moscow's restaurants, Scandinavia is simple and stylish.
Tretyakov Gallery
The residential Zamoskvorechie area was virtually ignored by Stalin's regime leaving it with an authentic old-fashioned atmosphere. Both the New and Old Tretyakov Galleries display an enormous range of art from the Medieval to the contemporary.
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.
Oblomov
A three-storey mansion turned into a restaurant, Oblomov is abundant in choice, variety and adventure, from the hookah pipes in the attic to the assorted Russian memorabilia on the floors below.
Novodevichy Convent Cemetry
Walking through this cemetery is like strolling through the pages of Russian history, pay homage to some of the great and the good (and the scandalous) here.
Skazka
Padded walls here signal the presence of a certain kind of madness at Skazka, which is known to breed on this dance floor - so if you can, get ready for a wild night.
Momo
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Golden and gleaming, this Cathedral is definitely worth a visit.
Gorki
With Tchaikovsky Concert Hall just down the road, Gorki is the perfect place for pre- and/or post-performance meals. And if you don't know what on earth 'soviet-chic grandeur' is, this is the time to find out. You can even order a 'surprise'.
M-Bar
Small but atmospheric, this jazz club is well worth squeezing into - although you may want to leave before the late-night Russian Karaoke starts!
Kremlin
Put aside at least half a day to explore this shrine to Russian history.
Nobu
Lucien
La Marée
This restaurant works very hard to bring the best of the sea to Moscow and succeeds with flair. You can choose your fish, decide how you'd like it cooked and then even pick an accompanying sauce. Look out for Kamchatka crab.
Carré Blanc
This might not be kind on your wallet. But vacations are all about the experience right? Go on. You know you want to. It's an unparalleled gastronomic treat.
Café Pushkin
A dining experience that has that fictional time travelling feel to it - Café Pushkin almost transports you into the pages of a Tolstoy novel.
Café Margarita
Interestingly although there are plenty of pretentious venues which might do well to reference the social satire The Master and Margarita this is not one of them. Margarita though was a paragon of virtue which sums up the cafe which is her namesake.
Vogue Café
With glitzy shopping centre Petrovsky Passage only a stone's throw away this is the perfect place to show off your dazzling new acquisitions before gaining inspiration for the next one from the extensive collection of Vogue back issues.
Vanilla Sky Café
Despite the oriental design and its location in sushi-obsessed Moscow, Vanilla Sky actually serves reasonably priced sandwiches, salads and soups.
Tarelka Café
Handily close to the must-see Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, allow your weary feet to guide you to this funky upbeat cafe to satisfy your Russian, Italian or French cravings.
Courvoisier Café
Whether daytime or evening, you will find yourself mingling with hip Muscovites in this brandy-themed venue.
Bosco Café
For one of the most classic views of the Kremlin and delicious food, you will find it hard to do better than the sleek Bosco Cafe.
Baloven ‘C’ Café
Baloven C may be on the fringes of central Moscow but it is well worth a visit if you're in the area of Paveletskaya Station.
Aristokrat Café
Whether you need a caffeine, sugar or sunshine fix, this is the place.
Stereo Café
 By day Stereo Cafe is a chill lounge, by night the DJ is King.
Tsaritsyno Park
Catherine the Great's monumental palace on the outskirts of Moscow is one of the city's must-see buildings...
Lucien Cookery Classes
Learn to cook Russian food in the kitchens of one of Moscow's best Russian restaurants...
Akvarel
This boutique hotel can be found between Jimmy Choo and Agent Provocateur - a lethal combination for the discerning designer-shopper.
Golden Ring Hotel
23 floors, panoramic river and five stars make the Golden Ring somewhere to consider staying in Moscow... 
Golden Apple
The Golden Apple opened in 2004 and has been a raging success ever since. This unique hotel has a chic yet unpretentious atmosphere - with an excellent restaurant and bar to back it up.
Budapest
Originally a gentleman's club, the Budapest is now an elegant, yet comfortable, hotel.
Baltschug Kempinski
Run by the stellar Kempinski group, the Baltschug brings stylish and reliable comfort to the Moscow hotel scene...
Arbat
Arbat is a more affordable choice of hotel in the centre of Moscow and it's within easy walking distance of what is, arguably, the best Italian restaurant in the city.

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