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.
Vesna
Located on the busy Novy Arbat, Vesna is a department store containing lots of clothing perfumery and porcelain international brand names.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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