Some cities are best seen through the eyes of a local. Moscow is one of those places, and while visiting major tourist attractions like the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral are still must-do’s, you should also definitely make time to go beyond the guidebook. The following activities will help you get a feel for the real Moscow.
Eat Authentic Local Cuisine
Matador’s Jenna Makowski notes that Moscow is full of tourist-trap restaurants filled with staff wearing generic “folk” costumes, but says that “The experience doesn’t represent local eating patterns.” Instead, she recommends eating at the popular Russian cafeterias called stolovayas.
Of course, you should also make time to enjoy some typical Russian street food. Mobile Food News recommends blinchiki, ice cream and a soft drink called kvas.
Visit Smaller Art Museums
The Pushkin Museum is Moscow’s largest, but as Makowski notes, it’s so big its overwhelming. Instead, check out smaller art museums and cultural exhibits, like the Tretyakov Gallery, the homes of Russian writers like Tolstoy and Gogol, or the new modern art gallery Garage.
Enjoy the Nightlife
Moscow residents know how to party. According to the New York Times, “Moscow night life doesn’t really get going until well after midnight, and becomes interesting only much later.” They recommend Art Strelka and the Arma factory complex.
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