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...
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.
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".
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
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
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.
"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.
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:)
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.
"Ilya Ilyich" coffee shop is situated in a separate hall of the "Oblomov" restaurant at Krasnaya Presnya. Hot chocolate: with whipped cream, almond and chocolate cuttings; usual, but at a big cup; small, but with a jug of hot milk. Dessert: baked pudding with fruits and strawberry sauce, sweet pear with goose paste, tubules with cheese filling, white and black chocolate with orange sauce from fresh mint and much more...
Favorite Dish: Salads - from 175 rbl., appetizers - from 195 rbl., hot dishes - from 610 rbl.
Desserts - from 200 rbl.
Espresso - 120 rbl., cappuccino - from 120 rbl., tea - from 70 rbl., as well as hot chocolate, cocktails.
Daily from noon till midnight.
Shtol'nya (Adit/Gallery) - beer pub
Designed like an adit, a lot of wood and rough walls. Has about 10 tables. IT'S SPECIALITY - BEER ON TAP. Has about 12 sorts of beer (local and imported). AND... THE MOST IMPORTANT..... SOME TABLES HAVE THEIR OWN TAPS with several beers, so you can pour yourself any quantity any time, though it's a tricky thing, KEEP YOUR EYE ON A BEER COUNTER, you'll have to pay for it all at the end.
Favorite Dish: Beer!!! Various good quality dishes.
It happened so that most of my dates and meeting were appointed there.
Cofee House is almost my own place.
Indeed you can find it in several parts of Moscow, it's like a net. Most popular spots are Arbatskaya metro station (near New Arbat), Chisti Prudi metro station,Kropotkinskaya and many many others. "My place" is on Kropotkinskaya, near Gogolevski Boulevard.
They have various kinds of coffee. One of my favourits is coffee with Bayley's (199rubles/~6$), but due to that fact that I'm a"penniless" student I often take Mocco with cream:)
If you have Coffee House's flayer , the second one will be free:)
But there are 2 disadvantages. Sometimes you can be ill-timed (usually it happens in the evening) when all places are busy or sometimes the music there is a little bit more loud and you have to be very attentive to what your friend is talking about:)))))
In my opinion it's a very sweet and warm place to sit in in winter. While it's snowing and it's _10 outside, you are sitting in a cosy armchair drinking hot delicious coffee:)
Favorite Dish: Coffee with Bayley's and toast with cheese and mushrooms:)
The prices here are not for greedy ones;-)
"Orange" is a very cute cafe with a view on Theatre Square :)
I liked its interieur with its bright and "screaming" colours.
Menu there is usual: salads, cocktails, wines, coffee, tea, sweets, pies:)
We had a splendid meal there with "Cesar", "Pina Colada" and cherry pie with vanilla custard.
AS for the price......we left there a little bit more than 30$ for 2 persons.
Besides it's not crowdy there and very quiet:)
This is a rather popular place. If you want to be sure of a table you had better call ahead.
There is a menu available in English.
Favorite Dish: I had some Shashlik but of course it could never be compared with your own homemade shashlik grilled over a forest fire.
The coffee house craze is spreading thorugh Moscow and Russia! There are tons of little western style coffee shops opening up around the city with great, if not expensive, coffee. You can get Espresso, Capucinno, and even American style coffee at most of them, as well as lots of great tasty bakery!