Set up in 1970s and designed in a typically Soviet manner of the time, this is now one of the main event spaces in Moscow. Non/fiction Book Fair, Art Salon, Antique Salon, Moscow Design Week - this is just a scoop of the events to attend. Adjacent exhibition space is dedicated to contemporary art. The CHA also hosts exhibitions, most recently that of a great Russian Impressionist painter Konstantin Korovin. Altogether, the CHA tend to specialise in Art, Literature, and Design.
There is a friendly cafe on the ground floor, and a museum park of contemporary sculpture nearby and across the Krymsky Bridge is the famous Gorky Park.
ulitsa Krymskiy Val, 10/14, город Москва, Russia, 119049
+7 499 238 9634
Closed Mondays, open Tue to Sun 11am to 8pm.
Easily reached by Oktyabrskaya and Park Kultury metro stations.
Google map: bit.ly/RxcCLz
A journey through the hidden beauties of the Russian and Mongolian countryside, witness the harsh lives of smugglers and vagrants, taste simple cuisine, listen to stories around you from the rich and poor alike, yet create your own tale as you travel through a compelling experience.
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Photo Museum/gallery in one of the loveliest bits of Moscow. Inside I've never seen a boring photo. Sometimes a little subversive, always entertaining, so well composed it's like Eisenstein himself curates. Often they have photos showing what it's like outside Moscow, which show the awesome beauty, and often desolation of the country. There's always a couple of exhibitions, generally a historical or landscape alongside a celeb-focused or art shoot. In a small-ish space, a lot of variety. Cheap to get in too! Price varies, but generally around £5 mark.
The MS Volga Dream is a luxury cruise boat that sails between Moscow and St Petersburg. The experience onboard is genuinely luxurious with amazing food, spacious cabins and beautiful decor. This is a great way to discover the beauty of the Russian countryside along with some ancient villages and islands, which you visit along the way. The cruise takes six days but you should really combine it with a couple of days in both Moscow and St Petersburg.
These guys are fantastic at sorting out visas, trains, planes - anything to do with visiting Russia and all online with super friendly phone backup.
We did the Trans-Siberian last year and they sorted out all our tickets and hotels so we could concentrate on enjoying Russia. Wow, what a place - don't hold back just go. It will really blow your mind!
Moscow's oddest museum, in a hollowed-out apartment block. Miles away from artefacts in glass cases, the chaotic, agitprop presentation attempts to tell the story of the poet's life while simultaneously create the experience of walking around Mayakovkiy's head in full creative flow.
It is a vegetarian restaurant and health food store in the heart of Moscow. Hidden on Kutznetsky Mostly it provides a hippy breathing space from the glitz and glamour of Tverskaya's high street cuisine. Last time I visited it, there were two options: crusty cafe or refined restaurant dining. Preference is determined by price. I went for the crusty and it was good. Although after spending a year living out in Moscow and missing the chickpeas, any place like this would seem Heaven on Earth. It is well worth checking out though.
Address: 11 Ul. Kuznetsky Most
Metro: Kuznetsky Most
This is a local tour company who provide everything from walks around the Kremlin to weekends away at the 'Golden Ring' towns. The guides are knowledgable, English speaking locals and it's a very friendly and reasonably priced service.
Peters walking tours in St Petersburg are fantastic - tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly. They take you off the usual tourist trail, visiting places that aren't in your guide book, visit local cafes and use public transport to get about. These things all add to the experience and give you something that most Brisitsh tourists wouldn't be able to achieve for themselves. The tour guides tailor make the tour to suit customers and give lots of historical and political information as well as answering questions
I stayed at the Comrade hostel in Moscow last April. It's a tiny hostel, but most of them are. I'm led to believe that hostels need to pay fees to the Mafia, so people run really small places that look like apartments with no signs outside. This is no exception and doesn't have a sign outside, just a tiny hostelworld/bookers sticker on the door.
The guy who runs the place is incredibly helpful, however, and booked our train tickets for us - a difficult feat for people who don't speak Russian and was happy to give advice. He even took some of the other guests out for lunch and on a train journey day trip. The place is clean, but basic, the real draw are the staff (really just one guy - terribly I can't remember his name).
The location is fantastic - about five minutes walk from Red Square.
Comrade Hostel - Maroseyka street 11, 3rd floor, 101000
It's offered by lots of restaurants in Russia now and it has no Russian translation - they use the English phrase 'business lunch'. You get three courses - salad, soup and main - served up in less than half an hour. There will be a few choices for each course, so for the main you might choose chicken or beef or fish with rice or potatoes. It's speedy, fresh, light and a new-ish Russian institution.
Popular in restaurants in central Moscow and in other city centres
You can check the Russian rail timetables and book tickets online now. Nice to see some progress - getting tickets used to be a nightmare!
I used this site for my Trans Siberian tickets. You can book any tickets for travel inside Russia or to neighbouring countries.
A restaurant at the central house of journalists. Cosy surroundings, attentive staff and a great menu of food from Russia and CIS with what has got to be a truly delicious dessert: strekoza.
8A Nikitskii Bulvar
Metro station: Arbatskaya
Boutique hostel right in the centre of Moscow. Walking distance from all the main sites. In a city with crazy hotel prices, this is a great little option. It's in a converted communal apartment (but with all mod cons) so you feel like you're staying in the 'real' Moscow rather than a soulless chain hotel. V friendly and helpful staff complete the homely experience.
Petrovka Street 17/2, Moscow, www.petrovkaloft.com
It sounds like a romantic way to cross the vast open spaces of Russia, leaving Moscow one evening and awaking to the Romanov's splendid Baroque capital. However the beds are cramped and uncomfortable, the train rattles far too much to get much sleep, and the toilets are disgusting. There was a certain charm to watching snow-covered fields and forests pass by in the half-light, but I suspect the view (particularly of a vast lake at one point) would have been all the more stunning during the day, and I wouldn't have felt like a zombie the day after.
Leningradsky Station, Moscow
This small museum houses a massively worthwhile exhibition. Though it's virtually all in Russian, I would also encourage non Russian-speakers to visit. If you know something about GULAG already, you'll find the artefacts and artworks fascinating. If you are visiting Moscow and don't know anything about GULAG; you need to learn. I was made to feel very welcome and given a personal guided tour.
16, Petrovka St.
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