Enjoying local food has become a big part of my travels lately. Refilling energy levels with a nice meal, tasting some local flavors – it all forms an opinion about the destination. And if we are traveling off season, when the weather is not great, good dining option become crucial. That’s exactly what happened to us in Moscow this year in November. Luckily, we had two amazing guides who showed us around. As a result, we decided to compile a full Moscow foodies guide for like minded travelers!
La Chipolla Cafe
Located right next to metro station Ploshchad’ Revolyutsii, this cute little Italian style cafe is a great place to have a quick lunch or enjoy a hot coffee. Conveniently located, it’s easy to stop by at this cafe on your way to/from the Red Square, Bolshoi Theater is also right next door, as well as the famous shopping center Okhotny Ryad. The prices are decent and the service is excellent. I recommend salmon pasta and Napoleon cake for dessert.
Address: Teatralnaya Platz 5/3, Moscow 129110, Russia
Decorated in the Soviet style, this modern cafe has almost anything you can imagine from the Russian cuisine – dumplings, Borscht soup, hering, Russian salads and many more! Some of the waiters speak English. The house is always full, so you might have to wait to get seated. But that’s a good thing – it’s very popular with the locals! The service is a bit slow, but the waiters were friendly and polite. The prices are great, too!
Address: Arbat St., 29 | metro Arbatskaya, Smolenskaya
Famous Russian coffee shop chain has cafes on every corner of Moscow. You can even find them at the Sheremetyevo Airport! As the name suggest, it’s a quick bite and lot’s of cakes. We tries a few of their snacks too – beef panini, fish sandwiches, honey flavored latte and ginger-lemon tea. Of course, we couldn’t resist the famous Moskva cake – it was nominated for the best cake in Moscow! Alert – VERY sweet!
Moscow has a lot to offer – as expected from an 8-million people city. It’s long past the Soviet impression that food is bad and tasteless – today’s Moscow offers amazing restaurants with world class service for a very affordable price! The best thing is it’s multi-national variety – you will find cuisine from almost any country presented here. We enjoyed Georgian pub called “Hinkalnaya” – there are many of those pubs in the city center, as well as in the suburbs. A lot of them are run by families with long traditions and therefore offering original and genuine taste.
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