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Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
I lived in Moscow for a year a decade ago. My favorite way to capture the spirit and magnitude of this city was to take a post-midnight walk through Red Square. It would often be near deserted at that time and was never better than when snow was...
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Tverskaya St, 3, Moskva, Russia, 125009
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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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Bol'shaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, 13/6, стр.1, Moskva, Russia, 125009
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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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Tverskoy Boulevard, 26А, Moskva, Russia, 125009
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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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Zamoskvorechye District, Moscow, Russia
Some of Moscow's subway stations are to be found in guide books. No wonder. In some of them you feel like inside a museum or palace.
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Chistoprudny Blvd, 3, Moskva, Russia, 101000
One of the highlights of my visit to Moscow was taking a leisurely walk along the boulevard ring. Lots of nice restaurants and bars to the either side to stop at, but many locals are just hanging on the benches, drinking beer, listening to music...
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Smolenskaya Square, 3, Moskva, Russia, 121099
Book a late dinner in order to see both the sunset and nightlife aspects of White Rabbit, which offers panoramic Moscow views with excellent food . Be sure to end the night soaking up your surroundings with a hookah!
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7, Voznesenskiy Pereulok, Moskva, Russia, 125009
You will be hard pressed to believe this is a grocery store if you look up the walls and the ceiling. Not only you will get a great assortment of food and drinks here but you will be surrounded by art and artsy things (not sure how original or...
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Tverskaya St, 23, Moskva, Russia, 101000
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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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Theatre Square, 1, Moskva, Russia, 125009
An unforgetable evening at one of the premier ballet houses in the world. If you are into ballet and art in general this is a must while in Moscow.
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Moscow, Russia, 103073
The Kremlin, an old Moscow standby, is an old, old fortress. Within it's walls, I was surprised to find among its communist, star-studded, structures, the old monastery and churches where the Orthodoxy and tsars walked. Sunlight lit up these...
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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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Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
There are some things a Westerner should do while visiting Moscow. Listening to the choir on a Sunday morning in this small Orthodox church in Red Square called the Kazan Cathedral is one of them.
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Tverskaya St, 3, Moskva, Russia, 125009
Possibly the best view to the Red Square in Moscow, is the rooftop of the Ritz Carlton. Have some Vodka and Sushi and enjoy the view. Keep Exploring...
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Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
One of the great things to do in St. Petersburg Russia is to spend an evening enjoying the opera at the historic Mariinsky Theater. They also have ballet and musical theater but we chose Boris Godunov (without Natasha- LOL) during the White Nights...
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Griboyedov channel embankment, 2Б, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
Late summer is the time to explore the 42 islands that make up St. Petersburg. Daylight stretches past 11 p.m., and a burgeoning arts and nightlife scene keeps locals on their toes well into the bright nights. On July 31, the party hits the port...
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Bol'shiye Gorki, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 188515

By Nick Marmet

Ride down the endless escalators to the metro (St. Petersburg has the world’s deepest subway system) and head 20 minutes north to Udelnaya—“Udelka” locally. The sprawling flea market sells Russian military hats, children’s books...

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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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Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Affectionately called the "Venice of the North" by some of its citizens, this vantage point hints at why. St. Petersburg is a city full of canals. Look for the Japanese Embassy just due east of the Hermitage and you'll find this place.
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Inzhenernaya St, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
If you don’t know Andrei Rublev from Ilya Repin, the Russian Museum, above, (4 Inzhenernaya St.) provides a crash course in the country’s art history. For contemporary pieces, Loft Project Etagi (74 Ligovsky Prospekt) shows paintings, sculptures,...
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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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Kronshtadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Russian pies. Why in the world do people not talk more about these things. We unknowingly stepped into this wonderful smelling cafe and of course, ended up ordering almost every single type of pie they had to offer. Salmon, rabbit, egg with green...
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Kutuzov embankment, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
It's so easy to take the hydrofoil from its dock near the Hermitage museum to visit Peterhof Palace about 20 minutes north of St. Petersburg. The Grand Palace, surrounding buildings and gardens, is sometimes referred to as the "Russian...
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Bol'shiye Porogi, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 187330
I didn't actually find out that this was such a big deal until I got to St. Petersburg, but let me tell you, it's a big deal. The Neva River flows through the city of St. Petersburg with connecting bridges all along its path. These bridges open...
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We highly recommend "Peter's Walking & Biking Tours" for value-conscious English-speaking tourists. Besides taking us to some of the most authentic, delicious & inexpensive Russian food in the city, our savvy English-speaking guide helped us...
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Ulitsa Nekrasova, 26, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191014
So if you ever plan on travelling to Russia most likely the two places you'll be looking at are Moscow and St. Petersburg. Here's something that you won't see in Moscow. Beautiful gardens surrounding beautiful palaces. Point one for St. Petersburg...
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embankment river Moyka, 94, Sankt-Peterburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 190031
Our first day in St. Petersburg we toured Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was killed. The palace was beautiful, and it even had a private theater! We were also lucky enough to see a short performance by an a capella group in the ballroom....
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embankment river Moyka, 9, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
I've fallen in love with Georgian food after eating at Rustaveli. We were introduced to this place by a local friend. We enjoyed the food so much we went back two days later! The atmosphere - relaxed, almost cafe like. The wine - they offer...
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Gorokhovaya St, 22, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
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Excellent new take on Russian cuisine. This place looks like a show room from Anthropologie complete with cute young girls seamlessly running the cafe. Feel free to play any of the games lying around or browse through the art books. Laid back yet...