Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Moscow

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography
Housed in the former “Red October” confectionary factory, the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography is an atmospheric space dedicated to photography.
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.
Sretenskaya Hotel
Decorated in Russian folkloric style, the Stretenskaya is a colourful place which boasts a winter garden, sauna, pool, gym and underground parking.
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.
Lenin’s Mausoleum
Pay your respects to this fallen Russian leader.
St Basil’s Cathedral
One of the principal cultural sights, this Cathedral dominates Red Square.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Expect to see performances from visiting international soloists and ensembles, as well as Russian musicians at this concert hall. The Moscow Philharmonic Society perform about 300 concerts per year, so you might well catch them too!
Moscow State Conservatory
Classical concerts are performed daily at this impressive concert hall.
Shafran
Be transported to a far-off land of falafel, hummus and pitta bread at this beautifully decorated Lebanese restaurant.
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.
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.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Housing a truly spectacular collection of Russian Impressionist art, The Pushkin is celebrated internationally.
Gorky Park
With something for everyone, from swimming to cinema, Gorky Park is popular with both tourists and locals alike.
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.
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.
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.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Golden and gleaming, this Cathedral is definitely worth a visit.
Kremlin
Put aside at least half a day to explore this shrine to Russian history.
Stereo Café
 By day Stereo Cafe is a chill lounge, by night the DJ is King.
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.
Red Square
Whether you are strolling through it on your way to some of the many iconic Russian sights which surround it, or whether it is your destination of choice, Red Square is a must see.

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