I recently visited Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia. It was a wonderful trip and one of my favorite travel destinations. The architecture, museums, palaces, culture, and food must be experienced.
This trip was a great way to learn about new cuisines and expand my culinary horizons. This post will share my Moscow restaurant recommendations. I’m sure there’s a lot I missed, but these are some of the favorites I found during my visit.
Moscow Restaurant Recommendations
This is a great place for an affordable but authentic breakfast or brunch. There are multiple locations and we visited the one in Presneskiy. The serve syrniki, which is a Russian cheese pancake that’s fluffy and slightly sweet. You can also get blinis, which are similar to crepes.
This gastropub has a cozy, rustic feel with a wide variety of simple Russian classics such as stroganoff, cutlets, salo (cured pork fat), and herring and potatoes. There’s also a great selection of beers.
The tartare Bryansk beef, stroganoff pie, and honey cake are recommended here. Honey cake is a Russian dessert that consists of thin layers of airy honey flavored cake baked in between a whipped cream topping. There’s often up to 10 layers which creates a wonderfully soft and fluffy texture. This restaurant used crisped bits of cake as a topping for a nice crunch.
We got here after the kitchen was closed, but I’ve heard good things about this place. Finding it is half of the fun. You’ll find the “secret” entrance in the courtyard of apartments and is easily missed. Luckily there was a group of people standing in front that helped us spot it. It’s great for a late night drink and has a cozy, funky vibe.
This is a Georgian Restaurant in the popular Arbut shopping district. There are a lot of Georgian restaurants in Russia, and the food is very different. It’s worth trying at least one of them.
Khachapuri, a cheese, and egg filled bread, is a must at one of these restaurants. Khinkali are dumplings filled with meat and are another classic to try.
Here you’ll find all sorts of pelmeni and khinkali. Pelmeni are dumplings of Russian cuisine consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough. The filling is most commonly meat such as beef or lamb. The setting was rustic and nice and the food was wonderful.
Located right next to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, this bright and airy cafe make an ideal breakfast stop while visiting. I had eggs benedict with salt-cured salmon, which was one of my favorite meals of the trip.
This hidden gem is located inside of a book store. It features about 100 ice cream flavors made with tea and unique ingredients from all over the world. Everything from moose milk, meadow herbs, squid ink, shamrock clovers, and fir needles are just of few of the ingredients you’ll find.