Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…


Four different dining areas make up Adriatico - one of the best Italian restaurants in the city.
Agalarov Estate
Aist (or 'stork') has a café and a restaurant spread across two devilishly stylish floors.
This boutique hotel can be found between Jimmy Choo and Agent Provocateur - a lethal combination for the discerning designer-shopper.
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.
Anna Karenina’s Moscow
Ararat Park Hyatt
Located just off fashionable Petrovka, this luxurious hotel is popular with the discerning shopper and style fanatics. The decor is representative of 'modern Moscow' - historically rich whilst boasting a fabulously glamourous, contemporary culture.
Arbat is a more affordable choice of hotel in the centre of Moscow and it's within easy walking distance of what is, arguably, the best Italian restaurant in the city.
Aristokrat Café
Whether you need a caffeine, sugar or sunshine fix, this is the place.
Ballantine’s Bar
If you're a little fed up of the stringent face-control exercised at many a Moscow establishment, head over to Ballantine's where doormen are a little more lenient and the dance-floor is the domain of a young, fun-loving crowd.
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.
Baltschug Kempinski
Run by the stellar Kempinski group, the Baltschug brings stylish and reliable comfort to the Moscow hotel scene...
Bar Strelka
Riverside bar in the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design attracts a hip, young crowd...
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.
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.
Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi is as much a Russian landmark, steeped in history both turbulent and opulent, as it is a wonderful, working theatre.
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.
Bosco Bar
Drinks and designer ice cream. What more could you want?
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.
BS Limousine
Originally a gentleman's club, the Budapest is now an elegant, yet comfortable, hotel.
Buro Nahodok
This shop is filled with a staggering variety of once-defunct objects transformed into fintifilushki (bits and bobs). A quirky delight.
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.
Café Pushkin
A dining experience that has that fictional time travelling feel to it - Café Pushkin almost transports you into the pages of a Tolstoy novel.
Cantinetta Antinori
Elegant but informal, Antinori's Zürich outpost has oodles of Tuscan charm
Carré Blanc
This might not be kind on your wallet. But vacations are all about the experience right? Go on. You know you want to. It's an unparalleled gastronomic treat.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Golden and gleaming, this Cathedral is definitely worth a visit.
Central House of Writers
Following the hallowed trail of Russia's rich literary legacy? Seeking to soak up some linguistic inspiration? Or do you just wish to dine Russian style in a bond fide Russian architectural treasure? This is the place.
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.
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.
Big, beautiful buffet fare at Citrus, all-day dining inside the Leela Kempinski.
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.
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.
Courvoisier Café
Whether daytime or evening, you will find yourself mingling with hip Muscovites in this brandy-themed venue.
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.
Didier Le Clavez on Paris
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.
Expat Salon
Located in cultural Arbatskaya, this expat salon will primp and preen you until you're gorgeous and sparkly, and they'll speak English to you as an added bonus.

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