Danilovsky Market

Top choice market in Zamoskvorechie
Leonid Ragozin

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 and a Vietnamese pho-soup kitchen. The market itself looks very orderly, if a tiny bit artificial, with uniformed vendors and thoughtfully designed premises.

Even if you’re not shopping, it’s entertaining to peruse the tables piled high with multicoloured produce: homemade cheese and jam, golden honey straight from the hive, vibrantly coloured spices pouring out of plastic bags, slippery silver fish posing on beds of ice, and huge slabs of meat hanging from the ceiling.