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.
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.
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.
Goa
Young, casual fashion for that all-American look.
Old Arbat
Both shops and street vendors hawk their wares in Arbat and it is one of the places to go to buy the fur hats and Soviet paraphernalia that no trip to Russia would be complete without.
Pyatnitskaya Fish Market
A fish supermarket, ladies and gentleman. And a good place to get your cheap caviar at that.
Glavpivtorg
A beer restaurant housed in the former Soviet Foreign Ministry with rooms that are themed accordingly. Intrigued?
Kavkazskaya Plennitsa
Kavkazskaya Plennitsa serves the best Georgian food this side of the Caucus and uses local produce. All this to a soundtrack of Soviet classics makes for a memorable evening at this themed restaurant.
Na Melnitse
A rustic Russian dining experince.
Bar Strelka
Riverside bar in the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design attracts a hip, young crowd...
State Central Museum Shop
This museum shop is a great place to buy prints of Soviet era posters - interesting from both a historical and aesthetic perspective.
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.
Lucien
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.
Lucien Cookery Classes
Learn to cook Russian food in the kitchens of one of Moscow's best Russian restaurants...
Budapest
Originally a gentleman's club, the Budapest is now an elegant, yet comfortable, hotel.
The Artist
This camp and colourful new dance club is already being lauded as one of Moscow's premiere DJ venues. If it's real Russian hedonism you're after, a night at The Artist guarantees to be anything but ordinary- a truly theatrical clubbing experience.

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