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Coffee Kaooz: Who needs Starbucks?
There seems to be dozens of these all over Moscow. I used two different ones.
They offer a range of coffees, teas, hot beverages and cakes to go with them.
They also offer sandwiches and other light bites.
Favorite Dish: The range of cheese and yoghurt cakes.
Apparently the hot chocolate is a must have for chocolate lovers.
I rate the mocha quite highly as well.
Gogol'Clubs: soviet times food, drinks and football
nice place if you want to have a couple of drinks and eat some russian food, mostly kind of popular in soviet times (pelmeni, kotlety...) nice especially in summer, cause they have openair veranda, but when it's cold you can sit inside and enjoy the same. stuff is also nice and welcoming, prices are reasonable. me and my friends were watching European Cup final there, they had a huge screen outdoors so we could enjoy at full Zidane sent off:)
but the bartender was the best this day..he was asking everyone the same question: "are you supporting France?" (i think he did!), if the answer was "i'm supporting italy"..he was saying: "i hate you, but just because i'm in a good mood today..you will get your drink..."
sometimes you can also listen there to live music, russian and international, rock, jazz, ethno...
- Food and Dining
The Brioche: French pasteries
This well located cafe has fresh French pasteries. It's a self-service place with a non-smoking section when you enter. It also carries the free newspapers The Moscow Times as well as a German and a French one, which comes in handy.
You enter the cafe through the entry of the concert hall.
Toilets are located outside the cafe diagonally across the entry hall in the back corner. They are free of charge.
Cafe Bean: Lovley ceiling
A good place to meet fellow VTers, easy to find. They have a wide range of different coffes, but you can also drink tea or have a soft drink. There are also pastries, gateaux and sandwiches available. Self-service. Staff speak some English.
They stock free newspapers in English, Russian and German. There is also an ATM machine and a toilet.
What can I say about Flocafe
After a busy morning shopping and trafffic and you need that jump start to finish off the day or you would like a light lunch. This place is it, from coffee to dessert that make you mouth water.
Favorite Dish: Good servise, nice place
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
Shokoladnitsa: Hot chocolate so thick you can eat it!
Imagine a place which is like Starbucks but where the focus is on chocolate rather than coffee - Shokoladnitsa is just that! Prior to going round the Tretyakov, we popped into the outlet just around the corner from the Tretyakov on Klimentovskuu pereulok and enjoyed a hot chocolate - my drinking chocolate was so thick it was practically solid - and very good it was too. There was also a breakfast option, although we didn't take advantage of this - choosing to have a bit of brownie. The décor was slightly incongruous with what we had expected - gorgeous leather armchairs and everything immaculate. Admittedly prices are slightly on the high side - I paid RUB 120 for a hot chocolate, which is more expensive than elsewhere, but it was a very enjoyable experience.
Favorite Dish: I haven't eaten here but would recommend the hot chocolate.
Cafes/Bars/Pubs: Sweet dreams...
There is the restaurant inside of one of the oldest breweries in Moscow - " Khamovniki " , Lev Tolstoy went to taste beer at his time there , he lived close to the brewery. Now you can taste it by yourselves.
But unfortunately the plant is closed from Nov 2004 for reconstruction...
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
- Beer Tasting
Kofe Haus: Just one of many chains
Anyone expats worried about missing familiar cafe society should check out the number of chains springing up around Moscow. My favourite was Kofe Haus (because there always seemed to be one just around the corner when I'd had just about enough of walking about in the freezing cold.
They always seemed warm and cosy and it was nice to just sit there over a coffee and wait for my fingers and toes to warm up. English language menus are available for non-Russian speakers.
Favorite Dish: Fresh fruit and veg in the middle of winter are a big draw. Salads with vinagrette dressing (not mayo!) and juices made from fresh fruit can really give your system a boost.
comparison of coffe houses: A Cup of Coffee?
Below I'd like to describe and compare several Moscow chain coffeehouses.
1) "Coffee House" - I don't like it. Prices are average but the coffee there is not as good as it could be for its price. Interiors are not cozy enough. These cafes look like fast-food but cost like restaurants. Also there are always boys or girls standing at the door and shouting out "Extra cup of coffee for free!" - very irritating.
2) "Coffee Bean" - the smell inside is fantastic! There you can find a great variety of different sorts of coffee indeed. Pastry is quite good as well - my favourite is 'kovrizhka', sort of brown-pastry cookie with raisins. The only 'flaw' of this cafe is self-catering. So yo'll have to stand in a line during "peak hours".
3) "Chocoladnitsa" - my choice! Prices there are comparable to those of "Coffe House" but atmosphere the is really cozy and interiors look very nice. The variety of coffees is nor as rich as in "Coffee Bean" but they serve a great variety of coffe-based coctails. The coffee itself is very tasty comparing to "Coffee House" for the same price.
Favorite Dish: Kovrizhka in "Coffee Bean"
and espresso-mocco in "Chocoladnitsa".
Shokoladnitsa Coffee House: The Oldest Moscow Coffeehouse
Nowadays there are a lot of Coffehouses in Moscow. But during the Soviet years there were just few places of this type. Shokoladnitsa is one of them. It was there where I tried whipped cream for the first time :)
Unlike a lot of other soviet cafes it still exists though the cafe's design and style has changed completely.
The prices are about average for Moscow coffee houses. For example I had a cup of capuccino and desert (pear jelly with strawberries, raspberries, grape and oranges) for 230 rubles (July, 2004) - about 8$
Favorite Dish: Pancakes, jelly with fruits
Coffee Bean: I will NEVER forget THAT cake! :D
It is located in the center of Moscow.
Unique interieur, fine coffee cocktails:)))
But the incovenient is that they don't have waiters, I mean........You'll have to stand in the line and often a long one.
Well.....as for me I don't go there often, I better prefer "Coffee House" (see another tip)
Favorite Dish: I'll better tell you about my UNfavourite food there :)))
I wouldn't take the cake called "Paradise or smth like that. It is made from dryfruit, in particular from bananas. I don't mind dryfruit, but unfortunately it didn't work out with this cake...... Besides....it IS GREY!
So, my friend and I still have a really "sick" memory of that thing :D
German style beer brew pub & restaurant: Tinkoff
This is not a bad place to go for international style cuisine and good unfiltered, half litres of Pilsner beer. Kind of a cool ambiente of Moscow's young, rich and beautiful.
On football nights, the tables in front of the the big screen TVs are fully booked in advance. I tried to book a table for the Lokomotiv vs. Arsenal game, and was told they do not accept reservations. When I showed up with friends an hour before the game, I was told all the tables were reserved. When I asked how this could be, the look from the waitress was akin to "I wouldn't pish in your face if your teeth were on fire". Never the less, after some insistance, and asking to speak to the manager, she relented and stuck us downstairs in the Sushi restaurant.
No big screen TVs, but a few small ones hanging from the ceiling. I felt like I was watching a movie on an airplane - one was directly above me, so I had to crane my neck, the other was too far away to see properly. Still, it was a good game, and the atmosphere in the place was good.
So, I still do not know how to make a reservation here? I guess only with enough money and status to know the manager personally? I don't care. I stop by, if I get a table, fine, if not, fine.
There are many bars and restaurants in Moscow, so I won't sweat it.
Favorite Dish: I particularly like the dark bread, which is loaded with garlic, and deep fried. It goes well with the unfiltered, Pilsner beer, and makes an excellent starter. I have not had it any other place.
- Beer Tasting
Gogol'-Mogol': Tea room
"Gogol-Mogol" has been opened as a specialized cafe, where desserts cooked according to orginal recipies would be presented.
The creators of the tea room are sure that traditions of the sweet life and glamour atmosphere will be close to all guests, and "Gogol-Mogol" will become a favorite place of all sweet teeth.
Favorite Dish: Tea,
Non-traditional desserts - roasted chestnuts, interpretations of egg-flip.
- Food and Dining
Pushka: A view on Tverskaya
A restaurant right on the corner of Pushkinskaya Square and Tverskaya street, with big blue sign - you won't miss it. If you take seats near the window, like a glass cabin, you will be enjoying the sight of the Pushkin Square, trees, fountain, neon lights of the night life, and sunset sky over the buildings and traffic. They have another place in the same entrance, called Garage, never been there. So make sure you are entering Pushka (which is upstairs), not Garage (downstairs).
Favorite Dish: Food is an international mix, with an emphasis on Italian cuisine. Very delicious, everything would be a good choice. They have good deserts too.
My favourite dish is fetucchini with white mashrooms, and with salmon goes next:)
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Cafes/Bars/Pubs: Orange Cafe
This patio cafe/restaurant was located quite close to our hotel, but we didn't make it there until our very last day. In retrospect, it was a pity, because it offered a beautiful view over the Teatralnaya Ploshchad. . .as well as some surprisingly good food.
Favorite Dish: We had salads, wine and desserts ~ the food was good, but it was truly the location and the patio that made the meal a memorable one.
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