Of all the retro-Communist places, "Lenin's Call" is the silliest and strangest. A cross between a brothel in a '70s porno, a souvenir shop, and New York's old...more
Opened in 2004, this library café gets its many fans so thoroughly chilled they lose track of time. Soft white walls, rice-paper lamps, black...more
The fusion menu at Terrassa—a rooftop restaurant with a blond wood interior, an open kitchen, and views of the Kazan Cathedral's majestic...more
One of the better examples of the slightly perplexing but fun trend of Soviet era–kitsch places—a youth cult thing. This one's centered firmly...more
So what if it looks like a set from Doctor Zhivago? It's good enough for Putin—plus various luminaries of the Western world, including Pierce Brosnan,...more
Since the restaurant that was founded in 1785 and counted Tchaikovsky and Dostoyevsky among its regulars reopened in 2002, it's been the hottest haute table in...more
Café Botanika bills itself as "the best vegetarian restaurant in Russia (and maybe in the world!)." An overstatement, perhaps, but it's still worth a visit...more
Welcoming locals, expats, and visitors with the same lack of fuss, this homey place is as near as you'll get to dining chez your own babushka. A huge...more
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