Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Moscow

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.
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.
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.
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.
Vesna
Located on the busy Novy Arbat, Vesna is a department store containing lots of clothing perfumery and porcelain international brand names.
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.
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.
Bookafe
Bookafe is oh-so-cool. Browse and flick through books while you wait for your delicious food, admire the interior design - the whole place is modern, minimalistic and marvellous.
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.
Bosco Bar
Drinks and designer ice cream. What more could you want?
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.
Ketama
Swap Moscow for Morocco at this chic souk-style café.
Stolovaya 57
Quick, affordable Russian favourites within the GUM department store.
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.

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