Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Moscow

Room 109
A chic store selling vintage jewellery and designer clothing in Moscow’s Arbat District, Room 109 is a must-shop for fashion lovers.
Bon
Expeditsya
It would be snobbery to dismiss Expeditsya as a tourist-trap gimmick when the locals have so fully embraced the venue. Allow your imagination free rein as you forge your way through a smorgasboard of hunter's delights.
Citrus
Big, beautiful buffet fare at Citrus, all-day dining inside the Leela Kempinski.
Simple Pleasures
Karoake and a martini? Or perhaps, a glass of a fine single malt whiskey by the fireplace? Indulge your simple, but fantastic, pleasures here.
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.
Gusyatnikoff
Combining the perfect amounts of relaxed atmospheric splendour and even better Russian cuisine.
Noyev Kovcheg
Colourful stained-glass screens and mosaic floors create a pleasant impression of warmth hospitality and comfort at this Armenian restaurant.
Krik
Krik is Moscow's classiest karaoke venue. Yes, we said it, a classy karaoke joint.
Pavilion
A trendy fusion restaurant in the upmarket restaurant district of Patriarch's Ponds.
Bed Cafe
The critical quandry after a day of sightseeing is whether to rest or rejuvenate. Bed undoubtedly is the best answer to both options.
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.
Goodman’s
Don't be put off by the plain dimly lit interior: Goodman's offers the best burgers and steaks in town.
Che
Rage against the machine (society/government/institution of your choice) in this revolutionary dungeon. After your wild night you could cool off with a nocturnal walk across the Red Square.
COX
Designer menswear and womenswear produced by up-and-coming Russian talent, often resulting in innovative and sometimes quite unique results. The place for something a little bit different.
Shanti
Whether you are in a group or in more specific company you will find a recess to fit your circumstances and frame of mind here in the diverse realms of Shanti.
Peperoni
Authentic Italian flavours and a classy atmosphere to match.
Maharaja
Should you fancy a curry in Moscow, this is the place.
Jazz Town
Head to this club for a night of dance or chill in the heart and soul of Moscow jazz.
Barashka
Barashka is one of several restaurants in this area but it is quite hidden. Don't be deterred, this Azeri cuisine eatery is incredibly good value and has a wonderful wine selection - it's worth finding.
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.
Uzbekistan
The Uzbekistan has proven time and again that it knows just how to keep its clientele happy.
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...
Na Melnitse
A rustic Russian dining experince.
Nedalny Vostok
Pan-Asian restaurant bringing the Orient one step closer to Moscow.
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.
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.
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.
Fabrique
Fancy a night out? This is the best venue for house music in town.
Mix
Scandinavia
A far cry from the gilded opulence you might find in many of Moscow's restaurants, Scandinavia is simple and stylish.
Shinok
Shinok tries to capture the essence of rustic life - complete with a babushka, farmyard and staff in traditional Ukranian costumes.
Stolovaya 57
Quick, affordable Russian favourites within the GUM department store.
Macho Grill
Carnival style, South American inspired restaurant prepared to get your taste buds dancing
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!
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.
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.
Vanilla Sky Café
Despite the oriental design and its location in sushi-obsessed Moscow, Vanilla Sky actually serves reasonably priced sandwiches, salads and soups.

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