American in Moscow

Starlite Diner

A Moscow institution, this 1950s-style diner was a refuge for expats in the 1990s, but today attracts at least as many locals. Bottomless coffee and suitably greasy breakfasts make it Moscow's top spot for a caffein…
Vegetarian in Moscow


If you are in need of vitamins, this is a funky, vegetarian cafe, restaurant and shop. Its Indian-themed decor is more New Agey than ethnic. Service is slow but sublime, and the food is worth the wait.
Mexican in Moscow

Pancho Villa

Near Oktyabrskaya pl, this is still Moscow’s top choice for ‘Meksikansky’ food. If the fajitas and margaritas aren’t enough of a draw, come for breakfast burritos, happy-hour specials or live Latin music nightly (fr…
American in Moscow

American Bar & Grill

One of Moscow’s oldest expat hang-outs, this place still attracts a regular crowd for its enormous portions, its outdoor terrace and its Wild West interior. With classic fare such as big burgers and spicy chicken wi…
Russian in Moscow


This Russian chain is beloved for its country-cottage decor and its well-stocked salad bar. Outlets all over the city specialise in traditional dishes and cheap beer. Other Yolki-Palki locations include Zamoskvorech…
Bakery in Moscow

Baltisky Khleb

St Petersburg’s favourite bakery – ‘Baltic Bread’ – has made its way to the capital, bringing along its secret recipes for delectable pastries and desserts. This outlet near Pushkinskaya pl, resembling an old-fashio…
Fast Food in Moscow

Prime Star

Here is a novel concept: a sandwich shop. And not only that, a healthy sandwich shop, also serving soups, salads, sushi and other ‘natural food’. Everything is preprepared and neatly packaged, so you can eat in or c…
Indian in Moscow


This is a long-standing favourite of spice-loving Muscovites, who are willing to make the trek south of the centre to feast on samosas, dhal and curries. The restaurant has fancy new digs on the 16th floor, which of…
Cafe in St Petersburg


Russian in Moscow


At the ‘central beer restaurant No 5’ every effort is made to re-create an upscale apparatchik drinking and dining experience. The Soviet fare is authentic, as is the russky crooner music (maybe too authentic for so…