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Top Choice Monastery in Sergiev Posad

Trinity Monastery of St Sergius

In 1340 St Sergius of Radonezh founded this lavra (senior monastery), which soon became the spiritual centre of Russian Orthodoxy. St Sergius was credited with providing mystic support to Prince Dmitry Donskoy in hi…
Top Choice Russian in Sergiev Posad

Gostevaya Izba

Right by the monastery walls, this wonderful restaurant recreates classic dishes metropolitans of the past might have eaten outside fasting periods, such as apple-roasted duck breast with lingonberry sauce. Portions…
Arts & Crafts in Sergiev Posad

Gorod Masterov

Forget the carbon-copy matryoshki you see at tourist stalls everywhere – 'City of Craftsmen' sells beautiful hand-painted nesting dolls that are several cuts above, including sets of animals, old Russian kings and e…
Dumplings in Sergiev Posad

Varenichnaya No 9

The dining room is decorated like a classic library (shelves of old books, dark-leather couch seating and vintage Russian posters) at this satisfying dumpling cafe a block off the main street. The menu has sections …
Coffee in Sergiev Posad

Popeye Coffee Bar

This piccolo-sized coffee shop isn't much bigger than a large closet, but if you're travelling via bus or train it's the best place to find properly made espresso-based drinks (even flat whites) as soon as you get t…
Craft Beer in Sergiev Posad

Bar Svoi

The best bar that we found in Sergiev Posad, with a selection of 20 rotating craft beers on draught (as well as Guinness for the purists). There's a decent menu of pub grub, too. The 2nd floor has booths and sometim…
Museum in Sergiev Posad

Toy Museum

The multiple changing exhibits feature toys from throughout Russian history and around the world; recent exhibits have included toys from the royal children of two centuries of the Romanov dynasty and toys with a na…
Pizza in Sergiev Posad

Mario Pizza

A bright basement restaurant with an inexpensive and wide-ranging menu of pizza, European and Asian mains and sushi rolls (English-language menu available, too). The entrance is on ul Karla Marksa; look for its sign…