Danilovsky Market

This food market dates back to the 13th century, but has recently emerged as Moscow’s gastronomic heartland. Between food stalls serving flavours from all over the world, – Vietnamese, Indian and Israeli – you can frequently spot chef Vladimir Mukhin looking out for the freshest produce for one of his new creations. Try the coffee shop Chelovek i Parohod (in English: The Man and the Ship) for the best coffee in town.

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Gorky Park

Moscow’s biggest and most important park is experiencing a revival since its restoration began in 2013. The park now offers many sporting activities, including the city’s first bicycle route, and regularly hosts exhibitions, fairs and open-air cinema throughout the summer. To feel like a local, take a stroll around the park on Sunday before heading to the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Garage is Russia’s first museum of contemporary art, established by Dasha Zhukova in 2008. The ex editor-at-large of Pop magazine was a pioneer of contemporary culture and art in the country and has introduced Moscovites to the work of Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami. The museum also has a substantial section of Russian contemporary art, rumoured to be the first extensive collection in the country.

Muzeon Park of Arts

Also on the premises of Gorky Park, Muzeon is an open-air contemporary art museum, which has also been dubbed “The Fallen Monument Park”. As you can guess from the name, this is the final resting place of many Soviet statues displaced from squares, parks and buildings following the fall of Communism. Over the past 20 years, the collection has grown to some 700 pieces, which includes modern pieces alongside huge steel sculptures of the Soviet world.

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Tretyakov Gallery

Once the private collection of a noblemen and art patron, Tretyakov Gallery is probably the most prominent art museum in the capital, if not the whole of Russia. Home to more than 1,300 works, it offers the most extensive collection of Russian art from between the 11th and early 20th centuries, including fairy-tale style works by Vasnetsov, Repin’s portraits of Imperial Russians (look out for Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan), as well as modern paintings such as Black Square by Kazimir Malevich.

Bulgakov Museum in Moscow

A small museum that commemorates the work and life of Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov (of The Master and Margarita fame) situated in his former home. His biography is very “sex, drugs and literature” and if you’re into that sort of thing you’re going to find it absolutely fascinating.

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