Café Pushkin

A Moscow classic, Café Pushkin is an ode to Tsarist Russia. The restaurant has been serving staples of traditional Russian cuisine in the setting of a 19th-century aristocratic mansion for years and is still frequented by locals – an impressive achievement in the ever-changing megalopolis. It is open 24/7, and thus perfect for a midnight snack of blinchiki with black caviar or pelmeni in broth.

Selfie

Ranked among the world’s best restaurants, Selfie raises the art of gastronomy to the theatrical realm. Watch chefs Vladimir Mukhin and Anatoly Kazakov (of White Rabbit fame) at work in the open kitchen, crafting dishes that make the most of Russian produce – think: halibut from Murmansk, asparagus from Tver and truffle from Crimea. With panoramas across the Garden Ring Road, the dining room serves a cosmopolitan vibe in which you’re equally able to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, hold a lunchtime business meeting or raise some bubbles come evening.

  • +7 495 995 8503
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  • 2nd floor Novinsky Shopping Centre
    31 Novinsky Boulevard
    123242

Chef’s Table by Grand Cuisine

A project by the prolific Russian chef Vladimir Mukhin, founder of the White Rabbit, Chef’s Table is (or should be) on every gastronome’s global radar. Mukhin’s key focus has been to modernise ancient Russian recipes, so expect a culinary history lesson. In contrast to the popular White Rabbit, this is a low-key establishment with only 15 seats which aims to deliver a culinary theatre show, so book well ahead.

Fish Point

The best place to try traditional Russian cuisine is Fish Point, a restaurant with an adjacent fishing club, some 40 minutes’ drive outside of the city centre. Try some of its signature dishes: a caviar set consisting of five types of fish roe, grilled boneless carp from the fishing club’s lake, or ukha, the traditional soup of Russian fishermen.

  • +7 495 220 3665
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  • Novorizhskoe Highway 29 km
    Krasnogorsk
    143421

Cheapside Josper Bistro

Moscow has seen a booming trend in burger-based restaurants. Tucked away in a busy business district, a short walk from Belorussky Station, Cheapside is a special find. All food is cooked on a Josper Grill, which preserves food’s natural vitamins and flavours. As well as classic dishes, you will find modern inventions such as the “unagi burger” with smoked eel and prawns, and the “updike burger” with rabbit fillet.

Lamazo

Georgian cuisine is having a moment in Moscow. Lamazo is a no-frills café run by its owner. It serves the most amazing khinkali (steamed Georgian dumplings) and khachapuri (Georgian cheese buns).

Vysota 5642

For a more upscale experience of regional Caucasian cuisine, head to Vysota 5642. Meaning Altitude 5642, the restaurant’s name alludes to the height of the western peak of Mount Elbrus, the highest point in Russia. Try local delicacies from Russia’s federal Republic of Adygea, including pasties with cheese or hychins (a savoury crepe) with veal stuffing.

  • +7 495 624 9321
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  • Bol'shoy Cherkasskiy Pereulok 15-17 1
    109012

Moscow-Delhi

With the hip and artsy folk turning their back on old-school restaurants, Moscow has seen a rise in modern vegetarian and vegan eateries. Moscow-Delhi is a recent addition to the city’s dining scene, serving modernised Indian cuisine in a familial, homely setting. The daily changing menu is based around seasonal produce.

Coffeemania

This small café chain can be a life savour if you need a break from the long walks exploring the city. Each of its locations are cosy and serve great coffee as well as some light meals.

Remy Kitchen Bakery

A beautifully designed restaurant with great healthy lunch options – a testament to Moscow’s growing obsession with wellbeing and nutrition. Located in the fashionable neighbourhood of Patriarch Ponds, this place has become a popular haunt among the city’s impeccably groomed socialites, who you’ll see daintily picking on in-house baked bread as they chat away to their friends.

Odessa-Mama

Inspired by the Jewish cooking of Odessa, Ukraine, this casual eatery serves a wide array of Soviet canteen classics. It’s a great place to come with a group of friends and tuck in to some nostalgic plates amid the hubbub of happy diners.

Pinch

Pinch is where the Moscow’s party people assemble before they take on the city’s dancefloors. What brings them here? For one, there’s the conceptual modern fare and a menu that caters to diners of any dietary persuasion. Add to that artfully composed cocktails and a lively atmosphere, and you’ve got your answer.

  • +7 495 691 9988
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  • Bol'shoy Palashevskiy Pereulok 2
    123104

Dizengof99

Situated in a space conceived by none other than interior design cool kid-du-jour Harry Nuriev and his partner Dmitry Vorontsov, Dizengof99 is one of the city’s sharpest casual dining concepts. Serving Israeli staples such as shakshuka and variations on hummus as well as a killer orange pie at ultra-reasonable prices, this place hits the spot in every possible way.

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