Bosco Café, GUM
Located on the Red Square itself, no other restaurant in Moscow can boast of such fantastic, close-ups views of Russia’s most iconic sights. Diners at Bosco Café tuck into gourmet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with St Basil’s, the Kremlin walls, and Lenin’s Mausoleum practically on their laps. These views are only enhanced by Bosco’s fine summer terrace which offers visitors one of the most picturesque locations in the whole city. Situated inside Moscow’s most exclusive shopping center, GUM, this unbeatably central location is the perfect refueling point after a long day of designer window shopping or sight-seeing.
Address & telephone number: Bosco Café, GUM, 3 Red Square, Moscow, Russia, +7 (495) 620 3182
The location of Café Russe, in the designer Ritz-Carlton Hotel, makes it one of the chicest spots in Moscow. The menu here is the epitome of haute-Russian cuisine. At Café Russe, traditional delicacies are transformed by outstanding quality ingredients – with superb results. After your meal, why not pop up to the Ritz-Carlton’s cocktail bar, the O2 lounge? The glass roof arcing in a dome over the lounge offers a breathtaking view of the night-sky and a panorama across the Moscow skyline, featuring the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Theater, and other awe-inspiring sights. Be blown away by the knowledge of the bar’s ‘vodka sommelier‘ who will guide you through the best choices of the O2 lounge’s menu of 400 different vodkas.
Address & telephone number: Café Russe, Tverskaya Ulitsa, 3, Moscow, Russia, +7(495)2258888
Stolovaya No 57
In Soviet times, stolovayas were government-run canteens that aimed to provide the working population with good value, hearty food. It seems difficult to imagine then that Moscow’s most expensive and designer shopping center, GUM, would house such a relic of the Soviet past; but the fantastic prices and warm helpings of traditional Russian food have ensured the survival of this USSR artifact in the glamorous walls of GUM. Expect meat cutlets, beef Stroganoff, and steaming soups aplenty. Its self-service set-up also makes it great choice for grabbing a quick lunch during your exploration of Moscow.
Address & telephone number: Stolovaya No 57, GUM, Red Square, 3, Moscow, Russia, +7(495) 620-3129