48 Hours in Moscow: A Local’s Guide

Moscow skyline

Visiting Moscow means you have to be really fast. This city’s rhytm is like no other. You have to move fast, eat fast, drink fast, and work fast. And think fast, of course. From all the cities I’ve visited I found Madrid to be the same way. But Moscow is even bigger, and it means you need your mind to work at full to choose best things and places you want to enjoy.

Arbat Street Moscow

Day 1: 09:00 – 14:00

Let’s start the day in the very center of the city, near the famous Tretyakov Gallery, sitting by the Fountain of Arts. It will really give you an inspiration, and will help to charge you battery before the marvelous day. It’s even better to grab some coffee with a croissant at the nearby café, and feel yourself at the oasis of silence in the vivid city.

Zamoskvorechye Moscow

Then, it’ll be pretty good to take a walk around, going to the Moska river, and do some sightseeing. This district called Zamoskvorechye (“behind the Moskva river”) is well-known for its mansions dating back to 19th century.

Day 1: 14:00 – 19:00

Muscovites don’t have lunch early. So it’ll be fine if you do some walking before you get hungry. It’s completely OK to eat your lunch after 1 p.m. to charge your body for the coming rest of the day. But beware of queues as many people are hungry by that time… If you come to any dining place, even not so popular, at noon or at 1 p.m. you’ll see a crowd. So I suggest to have your lunch after 2 p.m.

If you’re not so far away from the place we started I suggest Bratya Karavayevy (“The Karavaev Brothers”).

Bratya Karavayevy Moscow

Bratya Karavayevy Moscow

Frankly speaking, this place is my eternal love, I’ve known this chain of culinary shops for six years now. In Moscow, there are many imitators of this chain as long as its format is very simple and popular: home cuisine, sweet interior design, affordable prices. So, if you feel like longing for simple dishes, including Russian traditional ones, you’re more than welcome there. Besides, they updated the menu not so long ago!

The Romanov Boyars Chambers Museum Moscow

After your lunch you can walk, again, and it will take you approximately an hour to visit The Romanov Boyars Chambers Museum close to the Red Square. Be sure, it’s worth it!

Day 1: 19:00 – ….

To celebrate the ending of the first day in Moscow I suggest going to fancy chocolate bar Max Brenner. It’s not Russian at all, as long as it’s a part of the well-known Israeli chain, but you’ll love it. It’s a place where you can sweet your life with chocolate of any kind.

Max Brenner Moscow

And it’s located in the area famous for it’s pedestrian boulevards (the Boulevard ring), so after the dinner, dessert, or some coffee or tea, you’ll have a chance to walk down at least Petrovsky, Strastnoy, and Tverskoy boulevards, and at night they are also full of merry people, lights, and fun.

Day 2: 09:00 – 14:00

Let’s be spontaneous, and go to the movies! The Solovey Cinema Center offers tickets for a very small price, and movies here are so diverse you’ll always find one you like. And yes, they also have very early screenings, so it’d be a nice idea to start a day.

When you’re hungry, and you’ll definitely be after at least an hour and a half, especially if you hadn’t your breakfast, visit Cook’kareku, a café which offers breakfasts all day round. I recommend the Spanish one, as I love Spain, but you can also try Scandinavian, Japanese, or Australian, for example.

Day 2: 14:00 – 19:00

Gorky Apartement Museum Moscow

Gorky Apartement Museum Moscow

The best idea to burn some calories is walking, of course. And you’re lucky there is a spot nearby you can head to. It’s a Gorky Apartment Museum, a perfect place to enjoy some modernism if you’re into it. Personally I really love this spot, having visited it even not once.

Even if you don’t know who Maxim Gorky was, or you’re not very into Soviet literature, the collection interior of this house will interest you. It’s really something, only the famous “melting staircase” should be a reason to visit it! Just go there, and you’ll see everything with your own eyes!

Day 2: 19:00 – ???

A nice way to say goodbye to Moscow for this time is to go somewhere unusual. Forget the Red Square, the Gorky Park, and Trverskaya street — and head to the Kurskaya metro station. This area was famous for its numerous plants and factories, which are now turned into fancy art сlusters, like Winzavod, Arma, and Artplay.

Winzavod street art (by Natalia Stepanova)

Going there will bring you another experience, from shopping to having some burgers, craft beer, or vegetarian food. Its hipster atmosphere and casualness is definitely a thing. After having fun there you can rest on a bench in the nostalgic Sakharov Center public park where a real piece of the Berlin wall was installed.

Your night may end anywhere!

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