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Marc, I hope these recommendations from AFAR help you have a deeper, richer, more local experience when you make it to Russia. It's been a while since I've been, but happy to share my own thoughts when you're planning.
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Tverskoy Boulevard, 26А, Moskva, Russia, 125009
Chef Andrey Makhov of Cafe Pushkin recently contributed to AFAR, and opened his second location in New York. But if you are in Moscow, you will want to check the original out. Open 24 hours, with a great vibe. You may want to ask for Dmitri, a...
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Bol'shaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, 13/6, стр.1, Moskva, Russia, 125009
Coffeemania has different locations in Moscow. I like their offerings and the vibe. Pictured here is one of their amazing teas. If you are in Moscow, no matter the season, you need to try some tea.
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Tverskaya St, 3, Moskva, Russia, 125009
O2 Lounge atop the Ritz Carlton has a great view of Red Square. After a day on your feet, it is nice to go up, have a drink and talk about all that you experienced during the day and planning your night’s activities.
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Kronshtadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 197760

By Nick Marmet

Swanky Dom Byta, above, (12 Razyezzhaya) has a name that means fix-it shop. Throwback teapots and ashtrays, not to mention spinning disco balls, evoke the ’70s.

Its name means lighthouse, but spotting Kafe Mayak (20 Mayakovskaya) is...

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Kuznechnyy Pereulok, 3, Sankt-Peterburg, Ленинградская обл, Russia, 191025
With piles of thick white cream cheese, buckets of fresh honey, and spicy pickled cucumbers, Kuznechny Market in St. Petersburg, Russia, is a site not to miss. Before I visited Russia, I was told that St. Petersburg was the "Venice of the north,"...
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Tverskaya St, 23, Moskva, Russia, 101000
I've been asking where to get a good burger in the city and many have pointed to Goodman SteakHouse. The locations are great, service is very friendly, I like the waiter dressed in chef's jacket, the burger is well presented but is not a burger....
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Lodochnaya Ulitsa, 4, Moskva, Russia, 125362
Jet-lag be damned! After being whisked in from the Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, our hosts Oleg and Sergei took us to the Uzbekistanian restaurant Chaikhona No. 1, an otherworldly choice located within the city’s Gorky Park. Although apparently a...
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Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Our third and final day in Russia we went to the Hermitage Museum. We got to go into the Gold Rooms, which are not open to the public and which house beautiful antiquities made of gold. We also saw the Peacock Clock, the Rafael Loggias, and...
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Siberian Federal District, Russia
And there she was - the fabled Trans-Siberian, ready to take us on the longest train journey in the world. A surreal three countries, five time zones and 8300km of steppe, snow and stations lay ahead... Contrary to popular belief there is no...