Moscow is a city of contrasts, in which luxury is combined with free events, and the boutiques of leading brands coexist with street food festivals for the general public. The capital is the best suited for the TV show “Oryol and Reshka”, well-known in Russia, in which the heroes get either $ 100 for a two-day trip or a gold card — a coin tossed up decides everything.
We recently told you about how to save money for tourists in Moscow and how to plan a budget trip in Moscow. But suppose that when preparing for a trip to Moscow, you have in your hands an unlimited gold card, and you can spend time in the capital like a king, without limiting yourself in anything. What is worth seeing in one of the leading European cities for lovers of luxury travel? About this — in our exclusive guide.
Waking up in the morning, I want to start the day with the right note, setting the perfect mood for your trip. There is so much new and interesting ahead, and sitting in a cafe with a cup of coffee, it’s so nice to think about upcoming walks and plan your day full of impressions. Breakfast for a traveler in Moscow is an important ritual that should be given attention to any budget.
To plunge into the romantic world of Paris, go to the restaurant “Brasserie Most”, which is located on Kuznetsk bridge in the heart of the historic center. Just a couple of steps away is the prestigious TsUM shopping center, the majestic Bolshoi Theater, and on the other side of the road you can see the towers of the Kremlin. The menu will delight you with excerpts of classic French gastronomy, and the elegant interior with crystal chandeliers (or a lavender porch in sunny weather) will add a sense of beauty to your breakfast. After enjoying the moment and a delicious breakfast, we continue our acquaintance with the city.
Address: Kuznetsk bridge, 6/3
Opening hours: 09: 00-00: 00
Acquaintance with Moscow
Morning and daytime is great for a leisurely walk through the streets of Moscow. Choose any of the central areas for yourself and walk along them: in this way you will better feel the mood of the city and look at its daily life through the eyes of local residents. At the same time, we also advise you to travel to some points of your route by metro: in Moscow it is not just public transport, but a real underground palace with a unique architecture of stations worth seeing with your own eyes.
We recommend that you start with the Patriarch’s Ponds, with a pedestrian zone and cozy cafes. The historic Stary Arbat street, where you can also buy souvenirs, will also be a pleasant area for walking. And of course, Red Square in all its splendor will be an obligatory point of your program: take the time to visit the vast territory of the Kremlin, with its unique Armory and Diamond Fund, which stores the numerous treasures of Russian tsars and emperors. For a better understanding of the history of Moscow, you can individually order accompaniment in the form of a certified guide who will tell you unusual facts about the capital and open a new perspective of the city, from Tsarist Russia and the Soviet period to the present day.
Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the panorama of Moscow during lunch. The Buono Restaurant, located in the Radisson Royal Hotel, will give you a charming view of the main sights of Moscow in the light of day. The House of the Government of the Russian Federation, the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the futuristic skyscrapers of the Moscow City business district, the unique embankment of the Moscow River and the dome of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior will open before your eyes. The Italian menu is designed in the best classical traditions, and a well-designed wine list will be a good addition to your dinner. However, do not forget that in Moscow there are still many viewing platforms that are also worth visiting: from the popular Sparrow Hills to the observation deck in Moscow City.
Address: Kutuzovsky Prospekt, 2/1 p. 1, 29th floor of the Radisson Royal Hotel
Opening hours: 12: 00-01: 00
Boat trip on the Moscow River
The Moscow River gives the capital a romantic and airy charm. You must admit that the view of the city panorama from the deck of the boat always adds a sightseeing tour of lightness and joyful mood: you look at the buildings from an unexpected angle and take wonderful photographs as a keepsake.
River cruise will take you to the best views of Moscow! Motor ship “Radisson” departing from the pier “Radisson Ukraine” or Gorky Park is a premium water trip. A high level European menu and service will accompany you during the 2.5 hour program full of impressions. By the way, this type of leisure is ideal for the whole family. And for the most sophisticated travelers, the Radisson flotilla offers hourly rental of a super-yacht. This royal river cruise is perfect for special occasions or holidays.
Continuing your gastronomic adventure, you find yourself in the magical world of “Alice in Wonderland”: a quaint interior with taste, comfortable upholstered furniture in the Victorian style and a huge fireplace create the feeling of a fairy tale. All this is about the restaurant “White Rabbit”, which is included in the prestigious international rating “50 Best Restaurants”: such a meeting place will suit even the most demanding tourists. A panoramic view creates a magical atmosphere: all the beauty of Moscow is in full view and you can take a panoramic tour of the center of the capital at a bird’s eye view.
If you wanted to try modern Russian cuisine in an original presentation, brand chef Vladimir Mukhin will be able to surprise you with an exquisite menu. Foreign guests especially appreciate the restaurant, because here you can individually order black caviar, taste seasonal sets or taste the freshest seafood from the aquarium to order. Take care of booking a table in advance (you can do this through the useful “Gettable” application) or directly. And then you will find the best cultural program in the city!
Address: Smolenskaya Square 3, 16th floor of the Smolensky Passage shopping center
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 12: 00-00: 00
Thu-Sat 12: 00-02: 00
The cultural program
A luxury gift for all art lovers is a visit to the Bolshoi Theater, tickets for which at all times are in great demand. Russian ballet is famous for its grace and incredible complexity, and where, if not in its homeland, one should admire the magnificent representation of world stars surrounded by stunning historical scenery!
The Bolshoi Theater offers a repertoire of performances for every taste. If you ended up in Moscow in the winter, be sure to go to The Nutcracker: this magical ballet will give you a New Year’s mood and a sense of celebration. An unchanging classic is the ballet Swan Lake, which causes indescribable emotions in the audience. The theater also hosts opera performances and performances. We advise you to book tickets in advance: choose seats in the stalls for a better overview and treat yourself to a glass of champagne in the buffet before the start of the performance.
Address: Theater Square, 1
After a busy day program, it is worthwhile to leave forces for its continuation in the late evening. Moscow is famous for its nightlife; No wonder they say about this city: Moscow Never Sleeps! For dynamic energy and vivid emotions, take a taxi to the ultra-modern district of Moscow City, which is especially attractive at night, casting a sparkle of fancy glass towers in the radiance of a thousand lights. The atmosphere of the holiday and the best DJ sets are waiting for yours at the Sixty restaurant. It is here that in the evenings panoramic windows open so that you can get closer to the view of Moscow at night and take memorable photos in an ideal perspective. Another good option in Moscow City is “Insight”. The project of the restaurant group “354 Exclusive Height” is one of the most romantic establishments in the city. After the rebranding, which ends in mid-September 2019, the restaurant-club space will open for visitors in a new way, continuing to delight with the best parties and the highest quality of dishes on the menu.
Address: 1st Krasnogvardeisky passage, 21 p. 2, 84 floor
Opening hours: 18: 00-00: 00 (until 02:00 on Thursday, until 05:00 on Friday and Saturday)
The incredible day is coming to an end, and I want these magical moments not to end. However, whether it be a gold card with unlimited finances or a minimum budget, Moscow will conquer travelers forever, and I want to return here again and again. And what are your impressions of Moscow? Share with us your stories from a trip to Russia in the comments.