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cocktail bars • parks • street food • museums • boutiques • café • breakfast and brunch
What are the Moscow spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Red Square, Gorky Park, walking around both Dmitrovka and Petrovka streets, eating on a restaurant terrace in the city centre (do not try it in winter!).
Do’s and don’ts in Moscow: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Do not take taxi not using mobile apps, use Uber or Yandex.Taxi - the biggest taxi aggregators, they are up to 10 times cheaper you will be said if you will take some taxi from the road. Do not cross the road if there is no crossing lines - that means somewhere around is underground crossing.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work in consulting company implementing IT solutions in financial institutions.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
Which Moscow shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
Brandshop or Tsvetnoy Central Market.
Your all-time favorite musicians:
Drake for the texts, Wiley for the style, A$AP Rocky for the music concepts, Kanye West for the marketing of his own albums.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Kitay-Gorod during the day, Patriarshie Prydy during the night.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Golyanovo, I guess. Hope you will never know where it is.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Moscow?
Burger Heroes on Pushkinskaya ploschad is good. The alternative is to use Delivery Club or Yandex.Eda while you are riding taxi home and order sushi from Yakitoria straight to you flat and end eating it your bed.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Usual situation for Moscow is when it is +22 in the day and only + 8 at night in the summer. So wear something you can zip down or hide in your backpack.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Some restaurant with a view - probably Sixty or White Rabbit.
Your go-to brunch spots:
Moloko is on top.
Your perfect night out in Moscow includes:
Starts at some winery, ends in speakeasy bar.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
You can downloan VeloBike app from AppStore and buy a subcription to ride a bike. It costs 600 rub (~10$) per month (also, you can choose a day or 3 days for a smaller price) and you can take a bike from bike station situated in the centre for up to 30 minutes for free to have a ride to metro or just explore the city. Moreover, e.g. you ride 29 minutes and then just take another bike from bike station - it is still free!
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Prime. Similar to Pret-a-Monger in the UK.
You’re meeting the mayor of Moscow - what constructive criticism would you give them?
Fines for entering city center by car.