First time in Moscow. What should I see? | Moscow - LikeALocal Guide

First time in Moscow. What should I see?

By Traveller February 14, 2018
Moscow

First time in Moscow. What should I see?

(12 answers)
By Evan Traveller February 14, 2018

I am visiting Moscow next week and am looking for suggestions for places to eat and things to do! I will have one day at the start of my trip (I will probably explore the Red Square area), and then two more days at the end. What are must-see spots or things to do?

Answer the question

12 answers

Part 2:

3. Model trains.
I heard about retro train rides (on actual paravoz!) but unfortunately one has to schedule it in advance not sure you will be able to plan it for next week. Try to google it anyway.
You can visit the museum of the Russian railways. http://mzd.rzd.ru/static/public/ru?STRUCTURE_ID=4198 – NB this page won’t work in English, you have to google-translate it for details.
The address of the museum: 115114, Москва, Кожевническая, д. 2 – 115114, Moscow, Kojevnicheskaya, d. 2 (the nearest metro station - Paveletskaya).
4. Books
Sadly, I don’t know about any decent bookshop with books in English. You can find only bestsellers, works of classics in the biggest Moscow bookshops.
http://www.biblio-globus.ru/ near Lubynka metro station, 5-10 min walk from the Red square.
http://www.mdk-arbat.ru/ on Novyi Arbat street, 5-10 min walk from Arbatskaya netro station (both dark blue and light blue lines) or 10-15 min walk from Pushkinskaya metro station.

Hope the info above will be useful. Please let me know if any questions occur.
Local February 15, 2018
Reply
Hi, Evan,

I perused your passions tags (Art History Beer Board Games Books Camping Composing Music Eating History Model Trains Movies Music Musicals Opera Performing Arts Singing Teaching Tourism) and suppose these places you would find interesting:
1. Art Music Musicals Opera Performing Arts Singing History
Bolshoi theatre. In case you won't get a ticket for a show you can visit the theatre for a tour. (https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/about/excursions/ , https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/about/museum/contacts/).
2. Board games.
To check what board games are popular in Moscow, you can go to a shop "Mosigra" (Мосигра).
One of the shops is located near the Red square: 125009, Moscow, Tverskaya ulitsa, 4, metro station Okhotnyi ryad https://www.mosigra.ru/shop/tverskaya/
Local February 15, 2018
Reply
Thanks Marianna, these are all great suggestions! I’ve already started looking into them!
Evan Traveller February 15, 2018
Reply
:) you are welcome
Marianna Local February 15, 2018
Reply
Hi! There are a couple of great places in a center of Moscow where you can eat great quality food for reasonable price. Vokrug Sveta (Nikolskaya St, 10, Moskva, 109012, Ploshchad Revolyuzii metro station), and Tzentral'niy Rynok (Address: Rozhdestvensky Blvd, дом 1, Moskva, 107031)
You sohould go to the Gorky Park to skate if you skate, or visit VDNKh, or see Zaryadye Park. There is plenty to do in Moscow))) You can use Uber TAxi service.
Local December 5, 2018
Reply
Stalin park and Space pavillion, model of Moscow
Local April 18, 2018
Reply
And beer, of course. That will be Pivbar brewery near Mayakovskaya. They make their own beer and they have a good looking pack of starters.
Local February 18, 2018
Reply
A few more locations to eat.
"Lepim and Varim"makes great pelmeny, and they are in TripAdvisor top for a reason.
Cofemania makes a pricy, but most amazing cappuccino, and they have nice deserts as well.
There's a location at the beginning of Tverskaya that is "White Square" (Belorusskaya Square) with an exciting combination of a Church and local business buildings. There you will find Torro Grill (local meat, great value for money) and Boston Seafood (some thing with seafood from North and Farr East)

Local February 18, 2018
Reply
I would definitely suggest that you go to Ostankinskaya tower up for a great view.
A traditional route over center of Moscow may start from Pushkinskaya square then down to Kremlin along Tverskaya street, then to the left beside the Theater square (Bolshoi and Maly Theaters), through TSUM (unexpectedly gothic building to the right of Bolshoi), to Kuznetski Most (not a bridge, but a street). Then to loubyanskaya square and via Myasnitskaya street to Chistoprudny Boulevard. This will be about 2-3 hours on foot without any rush. This brings you to Boulvarnoe ring and then you choose yourself, where to leave it.

Make sure to try Teremok fast food. Russian styled fine dining will be good at "White Rabbit" and "Severyane" (these are clever plays on Russian products and food styles of different periods), but they should probably be reserved right now so you get there on you way back.
Go to Bolshoi. You can get tickets online at Bolshoi.ru. don't be picky, just get get what runs while you stay in Moscow, they do good things. Better go to historical scene, but the new is a beautiful location as well ))




Local February 18, 2018
Reply
After exploring Red Square, take Nikolskaya Street towards Lubyanka Square and then turn right to Kitay-Gorod district, there are a lot of histroic sites as well as decent cafes and pubs, that'll be enough for a day.
Local February 15, 2018
Reply
It's really simple and banal actually)
You have to go to the Bolshoi and see ballet. cause Russia is really famous for it and we have really nice things in theaters.
Surely the Red Square (GUM Kremlin and St Vasili Cathedral) this summer Zaryad'e park was open so you can take a short walk from Red square to this place.
VDNKH it's not really in the center but it's USSR most visible spot. Monuments, Fountains, Statues, pavilions - everything.
Tretyakov Gallery and Specificaly Pushkin Museum two biggest galleries in Russia.
Patriarchy pounds, Zamoskvorechei and Arbat - old parts with old buildings, lots of small shops and restaurants.

Local February 14, 2018
Reply
Go to Lubyanka area or Chistie Prudi, if you want to catch "the old Moscow". As for me those places are the best to feel the spirit of the city
Local February 14, 2018
Reply
Depends on what kind of facilities are you interested in. If you’re not meeting up with someone local, your best bet is to look through some printed guides so you wouldn’t miss the significance of the sights you’re going to visit. Navigation is probably at its best thanks to upcoming World Cup so as long as you have a map you shouldn’t be lost.
Otherwise, there’s just too much to see for one visit, so try being more specific, since you’re not staying here for too long!
Local February 14, 2018
Reply
Hello! Advise you to visit guided Moscow Free Tour, where you will find "must see" places in Moscow. Check it on the web-site http://moscowfreetour.com/#free
It's absolutely for free:)
Local February 14, 2018
Reply