If you yearn for gold, velvet and precious stones, you must visit the Armoury. The treasures that have been collected over the centuries by the Russian tsars and princes can be found here. Some magnificent examples are the Fabergé egg and Catherine the Great’s coronation dress.
One of the best lookouts in Moscow is called Sparrow Hills. From here you will get magnificent views of the city, hence this is also a popular place for spending New Year’s Eve and enjoying the fireworks. In the park you can wander among ponds and occasionally come here for a concert or event.
The popular Arbat Street is one of the oldest streets in Moscow. If you have not been to Arbat Street before, it is definitely worth a visit - it's closed off to traffic, allowing pedestrians to enjoy its many cafes and souvenir shops, as well as entertaining street artists and portrait painters.
This unique museum can be found below the ravishing Space Monument. At The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics there are several exhibitions with different space objects, documents, and art. If you are interested in space and the cosmonauts, you will most certainly not be disappointed.
The so-called "Seven Sisters" are seven skyscrapers built in Stalinist style. The skyscrapers are still among the tallest buildings in Europe and can be seen from multiple spots throughout the city. One of the Seven Sisters is the Moscow State University building, which can be found on Sparrow Hills.
Restaurant “Expedition. Northern cuisine” serves delicacies of northern Russian cuisine of the highest quality.Each product “flies” or “comes” or “swims” here from distant ecologically clean lands and is cooked only on Baikal water! This restaurant is the place for those who appreciate high quality in everything! So don’t be surprised if some famous singer is performing a song for his friends at a table next to yours… They are big family and every guest for them is a good friend!
The commendable local initiative that is Lavkalavka tries to create a representation of what Russian cuisine could have been if it had continued to "evolve" uninterrupted by the events of the 20th century. The restaurant aims to support independent farmers and producers, and collaborates closely with many.
This Moscow-based coffee shop chain has several cafés in the city centre and two in the Domodedovo airport. The thing uniting these coffee shops is the passion for coffee in all its forms. You can try a large number of espresso-based beverages or some of their cakes, pastries and desserts.
Sponge Bob Square Pants fans should certainly check out this centrally located cafe, which makes it possible for guests to explore fictional Bikini Bottom without ever leaving one of Moscow's central streets. Try the Krabby Patty Burger or one of their other creative inventions.
Upside Down Cake Company is a bakery inspired by the metropolis New York and has cool interior with white walls and granite table tops. The pastry menu is quite impressive, containing cupcakes, ciabatta sandwiches, coconut pie and a number of cakes, just to mention a few.
Those who wish to start their shopping trip at one of the shopping centres with the finest old traditions in the world should head for GUM. The building was designed in the new Russian style at the end of 19th century. During the Stalinist period, GUM was temporarily converted to offices. Today it accommodates a plethora of international luxury brands.
Yeliseyev’s Covered Market is the name of Moscow’s most famous delicatessen shop (known during the Soviet period as Gastronom no. 1). This is the place to buy your ration of vodka, caviar, and other local delicacies. Russians are avid tea drinkers and at Chudesa Podnebesnoi you can find the finest Chinese teas.
The city's third and most compact airport, Vnukovo is located approximately 28 kilometers southwest of the city center. The air hub is best reached by Aeroexpress trains departing from the Kievskaya Railway Station. Several mini-buses also run here from Yugo-Zapadnaya metro station (south end of the red line).
The largest international airport in Moscow is Sheremetyevo International Airport, located 30 kilometres from the city centre. The easiest and fastest way to reach any of Moscow's three major airports is by Aeroexpress - a fast train designated for air travelers (train departs from Belorussky Railway Station). The train ride takes 35 minutes. Another way to get here is by taxi. At the airport you can order taxis at the operator desk. You can usually book a taxi in advance through the hotel or travel agency when going to the airport. Alternatively, there are different bus routes. The buses take about 30-70 minutes depending on the route and your final destination. When traveling by car or bus, do keep in mind that rush hour traffic may sometimes be very dense, and significant delays are possible.
Another large airport in Moscow is Moscow Domodedovo Airport. The airport is located 22 kilometres away from the city. You can also reach the airport from Domodedovskaya underground station by mini-bus or bus and from Paveletsky railway station by train. The train from Paveletsky railway station takes 40-50 minutes going on the Aeroexpress train, and 1 hour and 10 minutes on the commuter train. The express buses and shuttles from Domodedovskaya underground station take 25-30 minutes and leave every 15 minutes. Buses run from 6am-12am. Taxis can be ordered at the domestic and international arrivals hall. There are car rental services at the airport.
In Moscow the easiest way to get a taxi is the traditional way: to stand in the street and hold out your arm. Civilian cars like to operate as taxis, it is therefore recommended to only use professional taxi services. Taxi meters are not always used, so agree on a price before travelling. English-speaking taxi services in Moscow: Welcome Taxi +7 499 922 06 74 www.welcometaxi.ru LingoTaxi: +7 495 204 21 34
Medical care may be very expensive if you do not have insurance. Hotels often have their own doctor, so start there if you need help. There are dozens of pharmacies all throughout the city, and many work 24/7. Rigla 102 www.rigla.ru 15/43 Arbat, Moscow Apteka 36,6 www.366.ru 25 str 1A Zemlyanoy val, Moscow