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Places to visit in Moscow Russia in November

I’ll be honest – November is not the perfect time to visit Moscow Russia. It’s dark, dirty, muddy and will hardly impress as much as, say, in summer. But that’s when I visited and I will speak of this time of the year. I’ve been looking to visiting this huge city for a while already. As a European national, it wasn’t hard to get a visa. We decided to fly in, so my first impression was Sheremetyevo Airport. It’s huge! passport control is swift and easy, although authorities took their time to inspect my passport carefully. Finally we were out of the gates and met by our dear friends. Here is our guide to Places to visit in Moscow Russia in November!




Moving around Moscow

Moving around Moscow Russia is complicated. Luckily, we had a car. But even with a car, you might find yourself stuck in traffic jams for hours. By the way, locals use traffic apps to avoid jams. It’s best to combine car and metro sometimes. Our friends live in one of the apartment block districts. My first impression – wow, these houses are huge! Russians like to build big. And they have to – with an eight million people city! The house we stayed in had 20 blocks, and it’s not the biggest out there.

Places to visit in Moscow - red square

Places to visit in Moscow Russia in November – Red square

On the next day we went to the most famous attraction of all Moscow Russia (and perhaps all Russia) – the Red Square. To be honest, I expected it to be slightly bigger. In the middle of the square an ice rink was under construction. There seems to be a special love towards ice rinks in Russia – Moscow is full of them, every major park has it’s own. People like to spend time outside of their flats. We walked along the huge walls, admiring the beauty of the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s cathedral. Despite cold weather we saw a lot of tourist – both Russians and foreigners.





Places to visit in Moscow

Cathedral square

Our guides took us to the Cathedral Square. It’s famous as the site of solemn coronation and funeral processions of all the Russian tsars, patriarchs, and Grand Dukes of Moscow. The energy flow is incredible – you can feel the uneasy history of this great land. Admission ticket allows you to enter the cathedrals. Today,  they are more like museums with ancients icons and paintings covering the walls, floors and ceilings. I recommend visiting even if it’s going to be the only thing you will have time for.





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Old Arbat

If you are looking for a European style pedestrian  street with shops, cafes and galleries – have a look at old Arbat. The street is not too long and there is a lot to see: many historical buildings, monuments and Russian style gift shops. Although it’s quite commercialized, we loved it nevertheless – it’s a nice break from heavy traffic of other main streets. Make sure to check out Varenichnaya N.1 with it’s famous Soviet style food. The prices are very good and the food is delicious! Definitely one of the best places to visit in Moscow!

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Metro in Moscow Russia

Some Moscow metro stations are true pieces of art. The metro was open in 1935 and today it is 5th longest in the world. We visited 3 stations – Kievskaya, Ploshad’ Revolyutsii and Belorusskiy Vokzal.

All of them were very pretty, decorated with wall paintings and sculptures. Moscow metro has a long history, during the WWII people were hiding there during the bombings. Residents of Russian capital can consider themselves lucky to be passing such beauty every day on their commute to work or school.

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Places to visit in Moscow

Radisson River Cruise

A great way to end the day in Moscow is to board one of Radisson River cruise ships-restaurants. The ticket costs 750 Rubles (10€). Departure from Radisson Royal Hotel (hotel “Ukraina”). During the 2,5 hour cruise you can observe well lit facades of the famous buildings and parks, while enjoying a cup of coffee or a delicious dinner. Some of the famous attractions along the way include Novodevichy Convent, Moscow State University,Central House of Artists, Peter the Great monument, The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, The Kremlin, Saint Basil`s Cathedral, Kotelnichevskaya Embankment Building and many more.

Some other cool places we visited:

Places to visit in Moscow

Worker and Kolkhoz woman in Moscow Russia

Originally the statue was designed to represent Soviet Union at the World Fair held in Paris in 1937. Today, this impressive symbol of Soviet past can be seen at VDNKh exhibition center.

Places to visit in Moscow

Ostankino Tower

This tall and elegant tower was originally built to mark the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. In 1967, when the tower was finally ready, it became the tallest free-standing structure in the world (surpassed Empire State building) and remained so for 9 years.

Places to visit in Moscow

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Commercial district with skyscrapers.  Worth a visit, most towers offer guided tours to the top of the building for around 10€.

General impression

Yes, we loved Moscow, although the weather was nasty, it was cold and dark and we got splashed with grease from passing cars. It’s all part of the experience. We loved the people. People are really friendly and nice. Of course, there are many tourist traps, just like in any big city these days. But somehow we felt a little but like home. The city is overwhelming – it’s huge! It’s difficult to move around by foot – huge distances are exhausting. So bare in mind – you will need to use the metro a lot and make a list of your preferred places to visit in Moscow. And it’s hell at peak times – very crowded. So planning your visit is essential, especially if you are looking to visit multiple places. I’d say – one major attraction per day is enough. Just take it easy – beauty is in small details. Take your time to slow down and notice them! Oh, almost forgot – please, PLEASE, don’t come here in winter months, because it’s just so much prettier in summer!

This article is also available on GPSmyCITY – Places to visit in Moscow Russia in November

 

 

Where to eat in Moscow and Food you need to try

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 Where to eat in Moscow guide with Food you need to try in Moscow for like minded travelers!



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Where to eat in Moscow – 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.

Moscow foodies

Address: Teatralnaya Platz 5/3, Moscow 129110, Russia

Varenichnaya №1

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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!



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Address: Arbat St., 29 | metro Arbatskaya, Smolenskaya

 

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Shokoladnitsa

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!



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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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