There are many interesting things to see and do in Moscow, some never mentioned by travel guides, others less prominent, but all revealing of what this beautiful city truly has to offer. If you want to experience with the joie de vivre of the locals, here are some attractions that you shouldn’t miss.
Bunker-42 “Бункер-42 на Таганке” is a 600-meter-long network of tunnels 65 meters deep underground, converted into an exciting interactive museum, with permanent exhibitions, revealing what Soviet live underground used to be like. You will see Soviet radio stations, suits for chemical protection, gas masks, a Geiger counter, Soviet posters and more. Activities include theme tours, laser tag, strike ball, children’s activities, and more. There’s even a Russian restaurant in the bunker, serving local cuisine, paired with Italian and French wines.
Club Labyrinth, where you will also find the Kvesty Deadrooms, in central Moscow (Kutuzovsky Prospekt 12) is a fascinating place if you like archery and other shooting sports. Here, you can even learn how to throw knives and axes, like a pro. They also offer laser tag, shooting and archery competitions on regular basis, and space for team building corporate events. The Kvesty Deadrooms here will put you face to face with the horrors of Mr. Krasovsky, in a daring game inspired by the 2005 novel Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. You’ll have to escape the basement of Mr. Krasovsky by finding clues and solving puzzles, in under a hour.
Another fascinating Moscow attraction is the Museum of Soviet Slot Machines (on Baumanskaya st. 11) with nostalgic Soviet gaming machines: this is a hands-on experience, as the machines are available to play.
Moscow is one of the most exciting destinations in the world, especially if you love art. There are hundreds of galleries, art studios and shops to explore. Plus, local artisans love to showcase their crafts at festivals and other events. Here are some of the most popular galleries, recommended for our guests at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow, and for city visitors.
Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery is not only one of the biggest museums of art in the country, but also one of the most interesting. It boasts over 100,000 art works, including icons, graphics, paintings and sculptures. The museum, which opened its doors boasts many masterpieces, some 1000 years old.
The Multimedia Art Museum (MAMM) at Ostozhenka St. 16 is a branch of the Moscow House of Photography. The museum features new media arts, multimedia set ups and interesting lectures, as well as educational programmes for children.
Another interesting venue for contemporary arts is CCIFabrika (ЦТИ ПRОЕКТ_FАБRИКА). Housed in a beautiful old paper factory, this venue boasts several exhibition spaces, and stages dance and theater shows, concerts, events, and art exhibitions.
Galerie Iragui came to Moscow from Paris, and it was received with great interest. Besides hosting works by French contemporary artists, the gallery also showcases art by emerging European talent, and works by famous Russian creators. This is an interesting, unique space, and can be found at 7/7-5, Malaya Polyanka Moscow.
For lovers of photographic art, Pobeda offers an interesting mix of the works from upcoming artists and established international talent. On display, there are photographs by both Russian and international photographers. You simply cannot miss this outstanding gallery, which is located at the Red Square.
RuArts is a young, experimental art venue, created to encourage the development of the young art scene in Moscow. It celebrated 10 years in 2014, and is focused on video art, photography and experimental media. It is a very interesting venue, and it can be found at 1-y Zachatyevskiy Pereulok.
Finally, one of the most interesting venues for contemporary arts is the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture at 9/45 Krymsky Val St.. The gallery showcases contemporary art from upcoming and established Russian artists, as well as occasional internationals.
A Gem of Budapest: La Perle Noire Restaurant and Lounge
A new world opened as our mystery guest stepped onto the patio of La Perle Noire Restaurant and Lounge, which is, according to local media and residents, one of the most beautiful terraces in Budapest. And they are not wrong. Time stands still here, in a silent intensity, you find yourself captivated, under the magic spell of a relaxing urban garden. For you are the mystery guest. Welcome to a different hospitality experience. Prepare to enjoy the finest local dishes, the freshest local, and organic, ingredients, and the friendliest atmosphere in this magic city.
We’ve got it: you are a foodie. But, you are, probably, not alone. You are here to share the time of your life with someone special, and we will do anything we can to make your time with us as memorable as you imagined it. This is, after all, award-winning Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest.
It could still be summer: the patio is green and cheerful. Guests come, and go, but you can linger for hours, in candlelight, under the stars, savoring signature dishes inspired by both Hungarian and French traditions.
But then, the weather may not always be on your side, so La Perle Noire Restaurant and Lounge is a haven of sorts, even when the elements are hostile. If you arrive too early, that “hear-a-pin-drop” silence may put you off, but patience, dear mystery guest: the energetic staff will appear in no time, with just the right culinary suggestions to take away your blues.
Imagine indulging in a Barbary duck breast with Rougié duck liver, chili Beluga lens ragout and gingery green apple, arriving at your table looking pretty much as sensual as a Charles Willmott painting. Now, that’s perfection, as some celebrity chef somewhere would say in front of the cameras. But, maybe, just maybe, you want something with local flavors? A “Chef menu,” one of the two you can choose from, paired with the right sommelier recommendations, will do the trick. In other words, precious mystery guest, no matter the season, we will overindulge you, for sure.
Moscow’s Darling for Lovers: MEAT & MORE Restaurant
So, dear mystery guest, you are now in Moscow, probably staying at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka. Good for you! Did you know that this fine luxury establishment hosts the 11th Spa by Algotherm in existence? Yes, the hotel redefines pampering in all its forms. You can expect the same treatment from MEAT & MORE Restaurant, the jewel in our crown.
MEAT & MORE is the perfect setting for a date, for a wedding, and, why not, even for a psychedelic evening. Just look around you: the interior is so fresh, innovative, and unexpected, that it can transfigure into any theme you may choose. A wedding? We are a favorite partner of the Wedding Magazine, and many couples pick MEAT & MORE for a lively party, after they tie the knot.
The cuisine is refined and sophisticated, just like the interior decor by Anton Gorlanov. This is the only restaurant in the Mamaison collection to welcome you 24 hours a day, every day. When hunger strikes, just step inside the restaurant, and the staff will make you feel like a VIP, every time.
If your question is “How happy can a steak make a man?” then the answer from MEAT & MORE is “elated.” Steaks pass as simple meals, but not when they are prepared with the best meat cuts available on the market, and refined with signature gravies, and sides that put the world’s most famous restaurants to shame.
Not a “meat” fan? Well, there’s always the “more,” which stands for creative chef dishes, melt-in-your-mouth desserts, soups, salads, and internationally-inspired mains that change seasonally.
Timeless Elegance, and Cuisine by Paweł Oszczyk: La Rotisserie Restaurant, Warsaw
This imperial space is the reason why many local residents visit Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw time after time, every week. Everything you see, touch, or eat in this urban eatery is the best. You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to indulge in the finest gourmet creations available in Warsaw.
The “grand” experience is open to all foodies, always changing, innovative, and fresh. The restaurant is as romantic, as it is family friendly. It is as suitable for business lunches, as it is for exclusive parties. And the terrace: is a sanctuary.
This is where you will find Chef Paweł Oszczyk, recently designated the Polish Chef de l’Avenir 2014, a prestigious award by the International Academy of Gastronomy, which recognizes culinary excellence. No wonder that the local food bloggers rave about the cuisine, and if you consider that the wines are hand-picked by Andrew Strzelczyk, the Polish Champion Sommelier in both 2012 and 2013, you’ll soon be convinced that only a few other selected restaurants in Warsaw come close to what La Rotisserie has to offer.
In other words, if you are looking for the ideal place to satisfy your passion for gourmet foods, this is it. Every other dish is more of a treat than the first, and every glass of wine is godliness.
Moscow is a wonderland of parks and green spaces, but one of the most beautiful spots to be, and the place that best symbolizes Russia’s glorious past and its cultural legacy, is the Kremlin in Izmailovo.
With outstanding architecture, inspired by drawings found in children’s books, as well as drawings and engravings of the Tzar residence of the XVI—XVII centuries, the Kremlin is not just an entertainment complex that attracts thousands of visitors every day, but a cultural symbol of the city. Something of a step back in time, this enchanting space was erected more than 25 years ago, on an abandoned wasteland, to rekindle the glory of the royal past of Russia in the hearts of the locals, and to promote national values to visitors from all over the world.
As much as it stimulates a child’s fantasy, the Kremlin in Izmailovo is a transportive experience, where adults become children for a moment, bewitched by the beauty of the buildings, which captivate from the gate, till up high in the bell tower, where amazing views of the complex unfold in front of spellbound eyes.
The complex is a magnet for visitors of all ages. Young couples pick the outstanding Palace of Happiness to tie the knot, then celebrate the lifetime event in the Royal Hall just like the tsars and tsaritsas of the past. Others choose the Boyarsky Hall, for its hypnotic Russian folk style interior, which has the stuff of epic hero stories. The Palace of the Russian Meal – wooden palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich in Izmaylovo – is another enchanting architectural fantasy, a wooden gem inspired by the building design of the the XVII century. The palace is decorated staircases, balconies and promenades, and can welcome up to 1,000 guests at once in the restaurant inside, which serves international and creative Russian cuisine.
The banquet facility called “Retro Cafe” has gained popularity for events, too, although it can only accommodate 25 guests. But for stylish, small group parties, this room is more than enough. Many birthdays are celebrated in and atmosphere that reminds of a small cafe of the early XX century. In fact, this space reminds more of a cozy apartment, where a chat with close friends is more important that the opulence of the room. Quite the same goes for the “VIP Cafe” room, which only accommodates up to 12 guests.
Children are fascinated by this outstanding complex too, and they have countless reasons to feel attracted by its palaces. Five museums share the honor of being part of the Kremlin in Izmailovo: a small museum, containing a beautiful collection of miniatures made from ordinary colored plasticine by Rostislav Olyunin and Andrew Miller, the World History in Plasticine Miniatures Museum; the Vodka Museum; the Museum of Russian Folk Toys which opens a world of wonder, entertainment, and educational activities for children of all ages; the Bread Museum; and the Museum of the Russian Navy.
Every season, these facilities host a variety of events for children – like the upcoming Moscow Children’s Art Festival “Young talent,” this year, on November 17th, at its 11th edition. Whenever you choose to visit the Kremlin in Izmailovo, you will find something to see and do, things that make your trip to Moscow the memory of a lifetime. And if you choose to stay at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow, your experience will be even more rewarding.