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Top Choice Museum in Arbat & Khamovniki

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

This is Moscow’s premier foreign-art museum, split over three branches and showing off a broad selection of European works, including masterpieces from ancient civilisations, the Italian Renaissance and the Dutch Go…
Top Choice Museum in Arbat & Khamovniki

19th & 20th Century Art Gallery

This branch of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts contains a famed assemblage of French Impressionist works, based on the collections of two well-known Moscow art patrons, Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov. It includes …
Top Choice Georgian 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 roma…
Top Choice Convent in Arbat & Khamovniki

Novodevichy Convent

The Novodevichy Convent was founded in 1524 to celebrate the taking of Smolensk from Lithuania, an important step in Moscow’s conquest of the old Kyivan Rus lands. The oldest and most dominant building on the ground…
Top Choice Church in Arbat & Khamovniki

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

This gargantuan cathedral was completed in 1997 – just in time to celebrate Moscow's 850th birthday. It is amazingly opulent, garishly grandiose and truly historic. The cathedral’s sheer size and splendour guarantee…
Top Choice Memorial in Arbat & Khamovniki

Park Pobedy

The Great Patriotic War – as WWII is known in Russia – was a momentous event that is still vivid in the hearts, minds and memories of many Russian citizens. Magnificent Park Pobedy (Victory Park) at Poklonnaya Hill …
Top Choice Russian in Arbat & Khamovniki

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 dining r…
Top Choice Russian in Arbat & Khamovniki

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 and …
Cafe in Arbat & Khamovniki

Surf Coffee

This tiny coffee shop is hidden between the Old and New Arbat streets. A vibrant chain from Sochi, it envelops you in a special atmosphere of surfboards, funk music, delicious smells and random visitors who talk to …
Spectator Sport in Arbat & Khamovniki

Luzhniki Stadium

This giant stadium (home to football club FC Torpedo) is the capital's largest, seating nearly 81,000 people. The stadium is part of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, which was the chief venue for the 1980 Summer Olympi…