Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Moscow

Bar Strelka
Riverside bar in the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design attracts a hip, young crowd...
Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi is as much a Russian landmark, steeped in history both turbulent and opulent, as it is a wonderful, working theatre.
Budapest
Originally a gentleman's club, the Budapest is now an elegant, yet comfortable, hotel.
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.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Golden and gleaming, this Cathedral is definitely worth a visit.
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.
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.
Glavpivtorg
A beer restaurant housed in the former Soviet Foreign Ministry with rooms that are themed accordingly. Intrigued?
Goa
Young, casual fashion for that all-American look.
Gorky Park
With something for everyone, from swimming to cinema, Gorky Park is popular with both tourists and locals alike.
Gusyatnikoff
Combining the perfect amounts of relaxed atmospheric splendour and even better Russian cuisine.
Helen Yarmak
Think of Russia and you think of people wrapped up warm in fur coats. Helen Yarmak is the place to go for just that, and much more.
Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya
Hotel National
The National offers some truly spectacular sights both inside and out of the hotel (and has played host to Lenin and a series of other famous names). It also has an excellent restaurant, voted one of Moscow's finest.
Jet Set
The drinks here might look pretty but they don't actually go very far for your rouble so if you want to get an early start on the alcohol perhaps start with dinner and a few glasses of something intoxicating at Momo or Oblomov, both of which are very
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.
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.
Kremlin
Put aside at least half a day to explore this shrine to Russian history.
Lenin’s Mausoleum
Pay your respects to this fallen Russian leader.
Lucien
Lucien Cookery Classes
Learn to cook Russian food in the kitchens of one of Moscow's best Russian restaurants...
Mamaison
Marki Boutique
Marki Boutique has a philosophy of combining good basic brands with post-Soviet era designers and each piece is handmade and utterly unique.
Moscow Country Club
For a relaxing stay, head to the Moscow Country Club - rejuvenate in the Guerlain beauty studio or rub shoulders with eager businessmen on the 18-hole golf course.
Moscow State Conservatory
Classical concerts are performed daily at this impressive concert hall.
Na Melnitse
A rustic Russian dining experince.
Nostalgie
Haute cuisine, velvet drapes, cigars - this is a wonderfully rich, extravagant place to dine.
Noyev Kovcheg
Colourful stained-glass screens and mosaic floors create a pleasant impression of warmth hospitality and comfort at this Armenian restaurant.
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.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Housing a truly spectacular collection of Russian Impressionist art, The Pushkin is celebrated internationally.
Pyatnitskaya Fish Market
A fish supermarket, ladies and gentleman. And a good place to get your cheap caviar at that.
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.
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.
Sandunovsky Baths
Popular with politicians, wealthy professionals and show-biz personalities, this banya is truly a little slice of heaven.
Shinok
Shinok tries to capture the essence of rustic life - complete with a babushka, farmyard and staff in traditional Ukranian costumes.
St Basil’s Cathedral
One of the principal cultural sights, this Cathedral dominates Red Square.
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.
Stolovaya 57
Quick, affordable Russian favourites within the GUM department store.
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!
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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