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How to get downtown
To avoid traffic jam on your way from/to the airport take Aeroexpress train – it’s fast and inexpensive (available from/to Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports).
Moscow metro is fast, safe and beautiful – use it to navigate the city. Cost saving option is to buy multi-trip Card (deposit card, each trip costs 35 rub compare to 55 rub). Download a metro map on www.mosmetro.ru Moscow metro speaks English now 🙂
What to see
Tell us how long you’ll stay in Moscow and your preferences and we’ll plan your visit. Must-see list for 1-day visit includes Red Square, Kremlin, Armoury chamber, city centre walking tour.
If you stay longer it’s worth visiting one of Moscow art galeries – Garage (contemporary art), Tretyakov Gallery (Russian art 9-19 century), New Tretyakov Gallery (Russian art 20 century), Pushkin Fine Art museum (European art).
Ballet lovers should visit the Bolshoi theatre (quite expensive). Alternatives to Bolshoi are Stanislavsky theatre and Kremlin Palace. www.bolshoi.ru, www.stanmus.ru
Parks to visit: Zaryadye is next to Red square, Gorky park – muscovites’ favorite recreation area
Where to eat
Don’t waste your time in Arbat street – muscovites never walk there. Go to Pyatnitskaya street (metro Tretyakovskaya of Novokuznetskaya). At night time it’s full of locals having drinks or dinner with friends in numerous cafes, bars or restaurants standing door to door along the street.
If you want to see one of local food market head to Danilovsky (Tulskaya metro) – there are a lot of small cafes serving traditional and international cuisine.
Inexpensive places to eat local food (chains): MuMu, Elki-Palki and Grabli
And of course you are welcome to our home dinners
What to bring home
– Traditional souvenirs, arts, crafts. We recommend silk or wool shawls with floral design (Pavlovo Posad shawls), Zhostovo trays and Khokhloma table ware.
– Sweets, pryanik, honey, chocolates. We recommend to buy in Eliseev foodstore (14, Tverskaya street) also to enjoy the glamorous interior of 19 century.
– Modern fashion – Alyona Akhamadullina, Gosha Rubchinsky.
Some usefull tips
– Book tickets to Bolshoi or Stanmus ballets on web-sites Bolshoi.ru Stanmus.ru well in advance. You may buy Kremlin Ballet on the spot.
If you plan to explore the city on your own we recommend to download Izi.Travel (check at Appstore) – its a free guide containing many walking routs and limited audio guides to major Moscow museums.
Still not sure what to plan?