We all know that Moscow offers visitors countless boutique hotels, luxury Michelin-starred restaurants and romantic cafes, but what about more unusual things to do? Romantic spots in Moscow include beautiful parks and gardens with breathtaking views, and many hidden places only locals know about. Here’s a list of unusual date ideas you should know about before travelling to Moscow with your better half.
Picnic date in Gorky Park with local foods
Watch an old Russian romantic film
Book a Russian cooking class
Romantic breakfast at the Patriarch Ponds
Admire masterpieces of Russian contemporary art
Moscow is full of art galleries, and entrance to most is free of charge. Head towards Winzavod contemporary art centre to see one of the expositions introduced to the public daily.
Visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Moscow is full of hidden historical gems that you should visit. One of these beloved spots of locals, despite the fact that it’s a Catholic cathedral, is The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary. It’s the biggest and most beautiful Catholic cathedral in Russia, and open weekly to visitors for an organ music concert. It’s become a favourite even among non-Catholics because of its beautiful architecture, regular organ music concerts and various events. Check the event schedule here.
Commission a portrait of your beloved
Arbat Street is considered the main art street of Moscow. Many artists and painters work outside daily, waiting for new clients. Choose the one you like and have them paint a portrait of your better half of the streets of Moscow.
Have a traditional Russian sauna evening
Russia is famous for its traditional saunas (‘banya’ in Russian), and offers visitors to Moscow many exciting options. Visit Sanduni Banya and have some quality time a-la Russe with your beloved.
Read English books in Biblio Globus Bookstore
Biblio Globus bookstore is considered to be one of the oldest and the best in Moscow. It consists of many floors and halls and has fiction in different languages on the second floor of the building. However, visitors usually don’t know that the store has a huge reading hall inside where you can stay for hours. Isn’t it romantic? In a local way, yes.
Visit historical Mayakovskaya Metro Station
It’s a well-known fact that the Moscow underground is full of wonders, stories and secrets. Mayakovskaya station is considered one of the most mystical stations in the whole metropolitan underground system of Russia. It was named after famous Russian poet Vladimir Mayakosky, who lived and worked in the Tverskoy neighbourhood, right in front of the main entrance. What makes this station unique is its outstanding marble decoration in pink, blue and beige.