Itinerary for the day
– Late breakfast in hotel
– Red Square, Kremlin, St Basil Cathedral
– GUM department store food court for lunch
– The State Historical Museum
– Shopping at nearby mall (Okhotny Ryad shopping centre)
– Dinner at Okhotny Ryad shopping centre food court
As mentioned in my previous post of the hotel review, the hotel breakfast wasn’t worth it. But that didn’t spoil our mood and we head immediately to the must-go place in Moscow – The Red Square.
Red Square, Kremlin, St Basil Cathedral, GUM department store, The State Historical Museum
I was walking towards Red Square and discovered a little marketplace where they sell traditional food and spices, and even yummy grills like this.
That’s Jon in front of The State Historical Museum and I can’t help but be awed by its architecture. We did head in to view the exhibits after our lunch. There were lots of interesting exhibits but only a handful had English translations. I was pretty disappointed because I had wanted to find out more about the long history of Russia. However, we still went through every hall because all the exhibits were too beautiful. If you are a history buff, I would still recommend you to go in and take a look.
The State Historical Museum, The Kremlin, GUM departmental Store, and the St Basil Cathedral forms a rectangle to enclose the Red Square.
You can buy admission tickets and explore the interior of the St Basil Cathedral and of course we did.
We were hungry so we headed for lunch at the top floor food court at GUM Departmental Store. On our way to the foodcourt, we spotted this watermelon fountain! In fact, when we came back on our 6th day in Moscow, the summer watermelon decor was taken down and replaced with autumn pumpkins decor. It was really cute and seasonal. Lucky us since we came in between the season change!
A lot of people told me that the food was good here. it wasn’t too bad just that I was quite sad that my food was quite cold and that explained the sad face. 🙁
Okhotny Ryad Shopping Centre
Credit: Four Navigator
We didn’t manage to find this entrance when we were looking for it but entered from the underground passes that were linked to the subway. Okhotny Ryad Shopping Centre is just directly opposite the State Historical Museum. Look for the glass dome directly on top of it and you should be able to see it.
I didn’t expect to shop a lot in Russia but like how I did in Asia countries because I’m so mini size but I was so wrong. Throughout the 6 days, I bought so many things!
If you are taking a break from all the sightseeing at the Red Square area, Okhotny Ryad Shopping Centre will be a good place to shop because it has got many brands of reasonable (some really affordable) pricing. You can tell that we were really focused on shopping because zero photos were taken. LOL.
We had our dinner at the food court in the basement of Okhotny Ryad Shopping Centre. Nothing fantastic but our burger choices were quite ok. It seems like KFC and Burger King are really popular there. The queues were so long!
We ended our day one and went back to the hotel to rest after that because we were old bones and all the walking and shopping made us so exhausted.
On to day 2! (will insert link when post is up!) 🙂
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 1) – Moscow Travel Tips
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 2) – Moscow 6-Day Itinerary
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 3) – Cafes and Restaurants We Visited in Moscow
- 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