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Top Choice Monastery in St Petersburg

Alexander Nevsky Monastery

The Alexander Nevsky Monastery – named for the patron saint of St Petersburg – is the city's most ancient and eminent monastery. Peter the Great made a mistake when he founded the Alexander Nevsky Monastery on this …
Top Choice Market in St Petersburg

Udelnaya Fair

This treasure trove of Soviet ephemera, pre-revolutionary antiques, WWII artefacts and bonkers kitsch from all eras is truly worth travelling for. Exit the metro station to the right and follow the crowds across the…
Top Choice Museum in Black Sea Coast

Stalin's Dacha

Stalin's dacha, Zelenaya Roscha, dates from 1937. It is an amazing place, built to accommodate a small, private man who caused death and misery to millions of Russians. Tours are in Russian but the patriotic guides …
Market in Moscow

Izmaylovsky Market

This sprawling area, also known as Vernisazh market, is packed with art, handmade crafts, antiques, Soviet paraphernalia and just about anything you might want for a souvenir. You’ll find Moscow’s biggest original r…
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.
Market in Moscow

Vernisazh Market

Good value, but rather far-flung, this market has a huge collection of handicrafts, knick-knacks, souvenirs, clothing and art.
Museum in Moscow

Cosmonautics Museum

The soaring 100m titanium obelisk outside the All-Russia Exhibition Centre is a monument ‘To the Conquerors of Space’, built in 1964 to commemorate the launch of Sputnik. In its base is the Cosmonautics Museum, feat…
Museum in Moscow

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

The Museum of the Great Patriotic War is the centrepiece of Park Pobedy. The museum contains two impressive memorial rooms: the Hall of Glory honours the many heroes of the Soviet Union, while the moving Hall of Rem…
Monastery in Moscow

Old Believers’ Community

One of Russia’s most atmospheric religious centres is the Old Believers’ Community, located at Rogozhskoe, 3km east of Taganskaya pl. The Old Believers split from the main Russian Orthodox Church in 1653, when they …