50 Reasons We Love Moscow

03 Oct 2017

14. Former factories converted into trendy areas - many of Moscow’s former industrial spaces have been turned into bustling creative of clusters full of galleries, bars, cafes, shops, creative enterprises and much more. The coolest ones are Red October, Winzavod, Flacon, Artplay, Badayevsky Brewery and Distillery Cristall.
15. Summer - this is the time of year when the city’s streets become green, colorful and alive. Chill in one of the many parks, hop on a bike and cycle around the historical center, enjoy a movie at one of the open-air cinemas, have a long meal al fresco in a restaurant with a veranda, see Moscow from up high at one of the rooftop bars - the list goes on and on. Summer is truly fantastic in this city!
16. Winter - most are initially scared by the frigid temperatures that can sometimes occur in the Russian capital but, luckily, it’s a very dry cold so an extra layer solves most problems. Muscovites love outdoor winter activities such as ice-skating, sledding, hanging out at one of the Christmas markets and even ice-swimming!
17. Russian State Library - it is the largest in the country and the 4th largest in the world for its collection of books. It was named the V. I. Lenin State Library of the USSR from 1925 until it was renamed in 1992 as the Russian State Library. The library has over 275 km of shelves with more than 43 million items, including over 17 million books and serial volumes, 13 million journals, 350 thousand music scores and sound records, 150,000 maps and more!
18. Fountains - Moscow would not be Moscow without its gorgeous fountains. Some of our favorites are the DruzhbyNarodov, Kolos and Stone Flower Fountains (VDNKh), the Geyser and World Clock Fountains around Manezh Square and the Natalya and Aleksandr Fountain on NikitskieVorota Square.
19. Banyas - What can be more quintessentially Russian than a banya? Feel the heat at Sanduny, Vorontsovskie and Varshavskiebanyas.
20. Fantastic food - from traditional Russian restaurants to trendy, modern gastronomic spaces, Moscow has made huge leaps on the restaurant scene in the last few years. There are far too many to list here so check out pages [XXX] to get an idea of what’s on offer.
21. Hip wine bars and craft beer pubs - much like the point above, over the past few years Moscow has has become heaven for wine and beer connoisseurs. Some of the coolest wine bars include I Like Wine, Vinny Bazar, Wine Religion and Grand Cru; lovers of craft beer should head to Beer & Brut, Craft Republic, SosnaiLipa, Beer Market, VseTvoiDruzya or Glavpivmag.
22. Muscovites - seemingly tough and cold at first, once you scratch their surface you will find that they are warm, passionate and proud people who know the true meaning of friendship. Meet the locals at one of the many bars we’ve featured on page [XXX]
23. Vibrant nightlife - Moscow really is a city that never sleeps. From dusk till dawn seven days a week you will hear the city beckoning to you to come out and play. And there's something for everyone! Check page [XXX] for Muscovites' favorite haunts.
24. The Planetarium - here you can find more than just galaxies projected on the dome ceiling. It also has ancient star maps and a collection of rare meteorites. But its main attraction is the night sky of the remote past and even the future.
25. Views from up high - some would say that Moscow is even more stunning from up high. Enjoy the view for free from the top floor of the Destky Mir children’s department store or Vorobyovy Gory observation deck; for a fee go up to the observation decks of Ostankino, Imperia or Federation Towers or enjoy a meal/drink with a view at Sky Lounge, O2 Lounge, Sixty, Kalina Bar, White Rabbit or Time Out.
26. Mix of old and new - in Moscow you can travel through ages just walking through the streets. To see the beauty of ancient Russian architecture, visit the Kremlin or Kolomenskoe Museum. These places keep the unique Russian style, original and exceptional. Moscow City business center is a fine example of super modern skyscrapers.
27. The other Kremlin – Izmailovo Kremlin, Moscow's other, lesser known kremlin, is a fairytale-like cultural complex modeled after Old Russia. The colorful and bustling complex is home to several single-subject museums and a great souvenir market.
28. No bears in the streets - but if you want to see bears and other wonderful animals, go to the Moscow Zoo, which also happens to be an architectural masterpiece.
29. Arbat - Old Arbat, or simply Arbat, is one of Moscow’s oldest and most popular walking streets. Today Arbat is as important a landmark as the Red Square, the Bolshoi Theater and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Admire the architecture, pop into one of the souvenir shops or refuel at one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars.


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