One of the largest streets in Moscow and the city’s busiest tourist spot, Tverskaya street has it all: upscale shopping venues, historic architecture, fascinating museums and some of the city’s best food places. If you’re heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and planning on taking a stroll down Tverskaya, here are the restaurants you should definitely stop by.
Cafe, American, $$$
A piece of Berlin, hidden in the back-alleys of Moscow’s centre, the hip Enthusiast cafe serves hearty breakfasts until 1pm, sells delicious lunches with the best quality/price ratio and offers some gourmet beer options. The place boasts an impressive collection of vinyl records, motor-themed interiors and is great fun on weekends.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, European, Japanese, Seafood, $$$
Beautifully designed restaurant and karaoke bar, Bellis Bar has a reputation for its cosy atmosphere and friendly staff. Perfect for a night out with friends, it guarantees great karaoke and tasty food at a very affordable price. You can get into Bellis Bar through the club Looking Rooms, just be sure to call beforehand.
As the name betrays, this place is all about chicken, which is in every dish on the menu – except for desserts. Located near the historic Patriarch ponds, AQ Chicken provides a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience, with tasteful meals like chicken tiradito with avocado and mango, chicken Stroganoff and the most inventive chicken pâté in Moscow.
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One of Moscow’s best restaurants where you can experience haute-russe dining, Pushkin is housed in a lovely 19th-century mansion. With different interior designs on each floor, a classy library and cosy rooftop cafe, Pushkin offers an exquisite blend of French and Russian cuisines – impeccably cooked and served.
Located on the rooftop of a synagogue, this place draws crowds with its delicious Caucasian cuisine, tranquil ambience, and one of Moscow’s most talked about summer terraces. Be sure to try their shashlik, hummus and falafel, and an advance reservation will get you a table with a gorgeous view.
One of the most visually stunning restaurants in Russia’s capital, Turandot is famous for its palace-like interiors and dangerously delicious food. With its 12 opulently decorated halls, elegant summer terrace, and the best Peking duck in Moscow, this place will leave you wanting more. The must-try dishes are: oysters served with ceviche, dim sum, honey glazed sea bass and cherry borscht.
A charming place with high-quality mid-eastern food, Laffa Laffa is located mere steps from the Malaya Bronnaya Theatre. Named after Laffa flatbread, the place offers six different kinds of shwarma, which the Laffa Laffa’s owners claim to be as good as those you can get in Beirut and Tel Aviv. This is also a great choice for a vegetarian, as they make some of the best hummus, falafel, and baba ganoush in Moscow.
Whimsically designed to remind visitors of a typical Japanese izakaya gastropub, this cosy sushi bistro sits only 65 people and serves two types of meals: sushi and spring rolls and foods grilled with a Josper oven, you can also order some salads and desserts. Fresh fish is delivered daily and the menu changes accordingly. You can also get a fantastic cotton cheesecake.
A vegetarian friendly spot near Tverskaya Street, the Receptor cafe focuses of healthy food and has a laconic, but well-balanced menu. Regulars come here for appetizing fish dishes: baked, grilled or home-smoked, Korean-style vegetarian food and delicious home-made lemonades.