One of my main concerns before travelling to Moscow was food. In fact, Jon and I were so ill-informed that we did not really know how Russian food is like.
However, during the trip, we realized that our worries were unfounded. I love Russian food so much that I had Borcsh soup EVERY DAY, and I was very surprised how sour cream can be added into a bowl of soup and yet made it taste so good.
Besides Russian food, we looked for pretty cafes with yummy food to go cafe-hopping every morning. The cafe culture is going strong in Moscow because you can find a great cafe at almost any corner you turn.
Here are some of the interesting cafes and restaurants that we went to during our trip for your reference. Some are instaworthy, some serves delicious and yummy food, and some are just everything. But of course, there is more than those listed below. Do let me know if you have more for me to add to the list!
1. TABLE Cafe
Address: Lesnaya ul., 45, Moskva, Russia, 127055
This place tops the list because we love the food there so much we returned to eat there for a second time. Food and coffee are both really good, coupled with the fact that the cafe is totally instaworthy.
I didn’t really know what to order and the food that the customer at the other table looked really good. So I told the waitress that “I want what he is having!” Hahaha.
2. Cafe Pushkin
Address: Tverskoy Boulevard, 26А, Moskva, Russia, 125009
Cafe Pushkin ain’t exactly a cafe. It is, in fact, a 5-star restaurant that is open 24-hours a day. The whole place was renovated to look like a Russian aristocrat’s home in the 1800s and their crew provides top-notch service. I totally felt pampered when I was there. Do read about the history of the place if you are interested.
If you are more a foodie than someone looking for a fancy place to dine, don’t worry. The food served in Cafe Pushkin is totally delicious! It is recommended that you reserve a table online before you head down. The place is almost always full.
We were first brought to the cloakroom at the basement to deposit all our clumsy coats so that we can dine with ease. *Thumbs-up*
Jon praised this steak to the sky so I think it must have been really yummy.
It was a great experience having a string quartet play for us during dinner. I feel that Cafe Pushkin is a must-visit if you happen to be in Moscow.
3. Breakfast Cafe
Address: Malaya Nikitskaya St., 2/1, Moscow 121069, Russia (Arbat)
( ул Малая Никитская 2/1 стр1, Moscow, Russia, 121069)
Breakfast Cafe serves all-day breakfast and the food is really well done. Besides ordering from all the breakfast sets, don’t miss out on the sweets. They taste awesome too.
4. Le Pain Quotidien
Address: Novinsky boulevard, 7, Moscow 121099, Russia
All the food tasted as good as they looked!
And for those of you who loved flatlay food shots, go pick a table that comes with all these pretty mosaic tiles. I will usually sit by the window to get good sunlight for photos but I had to pick this beautiful table when I saw it.
5. Bosco Cafe
Address: 109012, Moscow, Red Square 3
It seems that there are a couple of Bosco Cafe around GUM departmental store, with the most talked about one located outside, which gives customers a good view of the Red Square. However, I was at the one inside the mall.
This is the one that I went to and if I’m not wrong, it is on level one, somewhere in the centre of the mall. I’m not too sure if the food served differs from the other Bosco Cafe in the mall.
This risotto is flavourful and having asparagus in there is such a bonus. No regrets ordering this.
Jon ordered a pasta and he found it to be a little bland, though.
My kind of desserts.
Jon preferred cakes.
The food and service were both good although reviews on TripAdvisor seem to say otherwise. I had a great meal and enjoyed myself there though.
6. KHMELI SUNELI
Address: Aviapark 4th Floor (Moscow, Hodynskiy boulevard, 4)
Ходынский бульвар, 4, Moscow, Russia
We were shopping in Aviapark and we just randomly picked a restaurant for our dinner. Our only criteria was that we want Russian or Georgian cuisine rather than what we could always get in Singapore, and we hopped into Khmeli Suneli after walking around at the 4th floor.
Khmeli Sneli serves authentic Georgian cuisine and besides having delicious food, the service staff were also extremely polite and helpful.
Definitely worth visiting if you are at Aviapark.
Of course we ate at other places as well, but these are the few that deserves a mention. In fact, we ordered room service from the hotel a couple of times and the food was very very cheap and good too. I shall include the hotel’s food in my review of the hotel instead of this post. Do let me know if there are other good or interesting cafes and restaurants in Moscow if you’ve been there before.
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 1) – Moscow Travel Tips
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 2) – Moscow 6-Day Itinerary
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 4) – Petroff Palace Hotel Review
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 5) – Day 1 Red Square, Kremlin, St Basil Cathedral, GUM department store, The State Historical Museum, Okhotny Ryad shopping centre
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 6) – Day 2 Airbnb Experience, Pushkin Square
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 7) – Day 3 Moscow Zoo, Museum of Soviet Arcade Games, Aviapark
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 8) – Day 4
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 9) – Day 5
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 10) – Day 6