As a language student, I’ve spent a lot of the last year travelling and most of the rest of my time talking about it…
I didn’t want to write a travel blog or use this site just as a place to reminisce but today I’d like to share a few of the best things about Moscow! 🇷🇺
I know that no one really factors Russia into their holiday plans on the reg.
You need a visa, there will be a language barrier, everyone is convinced Russia is scary etc etc 🤔 but stay with me because it’s SUCH an interesting country and Moscow is well worth a visit. Here are a few reasons why:
- The architecture
When you mention Moscow, everyone thinks about the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral and for good reason, they’re gorgeous:
But also, look at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour:
Moscow State University:
The State Duma:
The White House:
- Transport – it’s not a stereotypically sexy reason to go to a place but in Moscow you can get around so easily and it’s actually a pleasure!
You can take the metro – just look at the art:
Look at the ingenious layout *gasp*
And if you take the light blue line from Alexandrovsky Sad you can see the White House and Moskva City from the window! P.s it’s so cheap to use 🏧
You can get to St Petersburg on the Sapsan train in 4h and the journey is gorgeous 🛤🚄
Also, after the metro stops running around 1am, the Yandex taxi app is excellent and cheap and there is also Uber 🙌
- The museums:
You can learn about architecture at the Shchusev museum, history at the State Historical Museum, visit the State Armoury and Diamond funds in the Kremlin, learn about space at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, or see a 360 painting of the Battle of Borodino.
Also you can visit every single one of these galleries!
- The food
For Russian food, visit Kafe Pushkin
Experience the best, inexpensive sushi I’ve ever had at Yakitoriya, a chain all over the city BC Russia is obsessed with Japanese food. They do amazing hot rolls as well 🍱🍱
Moscow has excellent vegetarian and vegan restaurants, I spent a lot of time in both Fresh and Avocado 🍉
Another great food place is Danilovsky Market, there are small stalls, hot food and baked goods.
- The hangouts
Ziferblat cafe on Tverskaya is cosy and adorable and you pay by the minute, not per drink. At 2 roubles per minute (around 2p) you can have a coffee and go and spend 30 pence!
The cafes and restaurants near Belorusskaya are also great for relaxing with friends 😍
Bar Strelka has a great view of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and also a MOZZARELLA BAR 🙌
- The shopping:
Internationally famous GUM on Red Square is particularly beautiful at Christmas.
The underground shopping centre Охотный ряд near Red Square has everything you could need, even a great organic cosmetics shop and it has very cool architecture:
Central Detskiy Mir is a shopping centre for children, it is full of toys with a cinema at the top and an incredible view from the roof 🎈
- There are excellent events!
You can see the ballet at the Bolshoi or the Kremlin theatre, watch a musical, visit the ice cream festival, go into the streets to celebrate Victory Day (it is difficult to comprehend the sheer number of weapons of war paraded but it’s massively important in the Russian calendar), visit the Christmas and New Year market on Red Square, and then the Easter market, or even look around the summer fish festival 🐟🐠
I’m sure I’ll write about Moscow again because it is huge and there is so much more to say!
Thank you for reading 😍🇷🇺🙌