Top ChoiceMarket in Zamoskvorechie

Danilovsky Market

Danilovsky Market

A showcase of the city's ongoing gentrification, this giant Soviet-era farmers market is now largely about deli food cooked and served in myriad little eateries, including such gems as a Dagestani dumpling shop...

Top ChoiceInternational in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Delicatessen

The affable and chatty owners of this place travel the world and experiment with the menu a lot, turning burgers, pizzas and pasta into artfully constructed objects of modern culinary art. The other source of joy...

Top ChoiceInternational in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Lavka-Lavka

Welcome to the Russian Portlandia – all the food here is organic and hails from little farms where you can rest assured all the lambs and chickens lived a very happy life before being served to you on a plate....

Top ChoiceGeorgian in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Darbazi

The vast majority of Georgian restaurants focus on the most popular, tried-and-true fare, such as shashlyk (meat kebabs) and khinkali (dumplings). This classy place goes far beyond these, listing less well-known...

Top ChoiceGeorgian in Zamoskvorechie

Mizandari

Georgian restaurants in Moscow tend to be either expensive or tacky. This small family-run place is neither. Come with friends and order a selection of appetisers, such as pkhali and lobio (both made of walnut...

Top ChoiceGeorgian in Arbat & Khamovniki

Elardzhi

Moscow's Georgian restaurants are all very tasty, but this one is also tasteful. You'll be charmed from the moment you enter the courtyard, where live rabbits and lambs greet all comers. Sink into a sofa in the...

Top ChoiceScandinavian in Zamoskvorechie

Björn

A neat cluster of fir trees on a busy street hides a Nordic gem that deserves a saga to glorify its many virtues. This is not an ‘ethnic’ restaurant, but a presentation of futuristic Scandinavian cuisine straight...

Top ChoiceRussian in Presnya

Cafe Pushkin

The tsarina of haute-russe dining, offering an exquisite blend of Russian and French cuisines. Service and food are done to perfection. The lovely 19th-century building has a different atmosphere on each floor,...

Top ChoiceGeorgian in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Dukhan Chito-Ra

It's a blessing when one of the most revered Georgian eateries in town is also one of the cheapest. The object of worship here is khinkali – large, meat-filled dumplings – but the traditional vegie starters are...

Top ChoiceFrench in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Brasserie Most

Moscow's most venerated and erudite restaurateur Alexander Rappoport shares his love for regional French cuisine in this classy and expensive place on Kuznetsky most. The menu is a grand gastrotour taking in...

Top ChoiceChinese in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Kitayskaya Gramota

Ignore the fact that the waiting staff are dressed as Mao's soldiers; this is the place to try outstanding Cantonese fare in an atmosphere echoing that of the Opium War's decadence. A true culinary magician, the...

Top ChoiceRussian in Arbat & Khamovniki

Chemodan

Chemodan

A unique opportunity to sample Siberian cuisine (rare, that is, for those of us who don't frequent Siberia). The menu highlights game meat, regional seafood and wild fruits and berries (and pine cones). The...

Top ChoiceGeorgian in Presnya

Khachapuri

Unassuming, affordable and appetising, this urban cafe exemplifies what people love about Georgian culture: the warm hospitality and the freshly baked khachapuri (cheese bread). Aside from eight types of...

Top ChoiceCafe in Presnya

Stolle

Stolle

The entire menu at Stolle is excellent, but the pirozhki (savoury pies) are irresistible. A ‘stolle’ is a traditional Saxon Christmas cake: the selection of sweets and savouries sits on the counter, fresh from...

Top ChoiceRussian in Presnya

Twins Garden

Swoon-worthy identical-twin chefs Sergei and Ivan Berezutskiy bring their contrasting tastes and creative talents to this delightful restaurant. The brothers take a thoroughly modern approach to Russian cooking,...

Top ChoiceRussian in Arbat & Khamovniki

Varenichnaya No 1

Varenichnaya No 1

Retro Soviet is all the rage in Moscow, and this old-style restaurant does it right, with books lining the walls, old movies on the B&W TV, and Cold War–era prices. The menu features tasty, filling vareniki...

Top ChoiceMediterranean in Presnya

AQ Kitchen

AQ stands for Adrian Quetglas, the Argentinian chef who is the brains behind this creative endeavour. With huge windows and stressed-wood details, the shabby-chic interior is a perfect setting for the eclectic...

Georgian in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Batoni

Among myriad Georgian places in Moscow, Batoni is about the loveliest and the most scrupulous at sourcing all the right ingredients for century-old recipes. Pkhali (walnut paste) snacks, khachapuri (Georgian...

Ukrainian in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Odessa-Mama

Come here to celebrate Odessa, affectionately called 'mama' by the residents of this port city. What mama cooks is a wild fusion of Jewish, Ukrainian and Balkan foods, with a strong emphasis on Black Sea fish....

Steak in Arbat & Khamovniki

Voronezh

When Voronezh first opened, foodies couldn't stop talking about how a classy new restaurant in the capital was named after a provincial town. Bold move by esteemed chef Alexander Rapoport. The fact is that...