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Where to eat in Moscow:
10 best places of Russian cuisine

Moscow isn't only about Kremlin, Red Square, vodka and Putin. We have a lot of unique traditions, long history, the brightest culture and so on. And of course, ones can't imagine the capital of Russia without national cuisine. In this post, we will talk about the best places in Moscow with local food. Don't miss the chance to take a dip in this gastronomical trip!
Many cafes and restaurants are offering a unique Russian dining experience. Here are some examples for you that will show you a bride selection to try. So, in Moscow, you can find a variety of restaurants of typical Russian cuisine: from local fast food and buffets to hot cuisine and restaurants.
5 places of local food chains
Find out the best and try Russian food: fast, inexpensive and healthy

Varenichnaya №1
Did you hear about vareniki? This is a special dish which is liked and cooked by Russians. It looks as small pies. Vareniki are a Slavic dish, most common in Ukrainian cuisine, but in Russian, too. It has the form of unleavened dough stuffed with minced meat, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, cottage cheese, and berries.
Varenichnaya №1 has friendly service, absolutely delicious warm veal salad, menu in English and Russian with large pictures. Also, there is self consciously folksy interior, but even in this central tourist area, there are numbers of Russian customers. This is a decent chain restaurant and as such excellent value.

Opening hours: 10.00 AM- 12:00 PM
Address: Several locations (Google maps link)


Teremok is one of the most popular and known Russian fast food chains. The menu is based on blinis (pancakes that are stuffed with multiple ways, including caviar), but you can also try the pelmeni, popular soups such as borsch, solyanka, salads or traditional Russian beverages such as kvass (a drink made of bread).
Prices are more than reasonable. They also have a special menu for children.
The company was founded in 1999 and has 174 establishments in the two major Russian cities (Moscow and St. Petersburg)

Opening hours: 09:00 AM- 10:00 PM
Address: Several locations (Google maps link)

Stolovaya No.57
If you're in Red Square and you're looking for a cheap and quick place to eat, on the third floor of Gum Galleries, you will find Stolovaya 57 self-service, where you can try a variety of dishes at reasonably inexpensive prices. That's why this cafe is so popular with locals, especially with students. At the moment, it's relatively unknown by tourists – so check it out while it's still a hidden gem of Moscow!

Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Address: GUM, Red Square,3 (Google maps link)

Mu-Mu is a favorite fast-food chain in Moscow because it is not really a fast-food.
The service is fast indeed, but not the food: no sandwiches, no baked cakes. Everything natural as natural can be in a big city like Moscow. All dishes are made right there. Also, Moo-Moo has now got a license for alcohol. They serve table wine and beer. It's a great variant to spend time with friends after a busy day.
The latest venture is a pizza stand: you order one, pay at the cashier's, go to your table with a wooden flag (they like wood there). In a few minutes, your pizza arrives.

Opening hours: 24 hours, break 3 a.m. - 5 a.m.
Address: Several locations (Google maps link)
All in all, you can find chains of self-service or buffet style restaurants in Moscow. The most common system is to take a tray and choose the dishes you want (you pay what you consume), though there are buffet restaurants where you pay whatever you consume by a fixed amount.

The good thing about these chain restaurants is that the dishes are in sight and you simply have to point your finger at anything that looks good or that catches your attention. Some of these chains also show their signs in English, so it is not mandatory to understand Russian to know what you are eating.
5 places for those who like luxury eating
Spend your time without hustle and bustle. Just relax in authentic atmosphere
Grand Café Dr.Zhivago
Walk down the broad Tverskaya Street toward Red Square and the Kremlin and settle into the Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, which is located on the ground floor of the five-star Hotel National. The restaurant self-consciously celebrates various stages of Russia's history, with Soviet-era art and a bold red-and-white color uniform, and serves unapologetically luxurious takes on traditional Russian food—meaty aspics, buckwheat porridge, the imperial Russia standby Olivier salad, and a colorful range of caviar—all at pretty reasonable prices.

Opening hours: 24 hours a day
Address: st. Mokhovaya 15, in the building of the Hotel National, 1st floor (Google maps link)
Pushkin Restaurant
Pushkin is not just a restaurant, it is a theater. The waiters are not only serving the tables. They are performing. The interior does not just look like it is from the 19th century, it really is. The food is not just Russian cuisine, it is crafted and super delicious recreation of ancient Russian recipes. Pushkin is a great place for meeting someone for a cup of tea or a meal, where you may come across as a bit posh, but it is one of the few places in Moscow which is truly original in its grandeur.

Opening hours: 24 hours a day
Address: Tverskoy Boulevard, 26A (Google maps link)
Lavka Lavka
Another author's vision of modern Russian cuisine — Lavka Lavka. It is one of the first restaurants that started to work exclusively with local and seasonal farm products. The menu changes several times a year, depending on what is in season. Particular attention is paid to vegetables and root crops, meat is purchased exclusively from local farmers so that everyone can find something for themselves.

Opening hours:
Mon 6.00 p.m. - 12.00 a.m.
Tue-Thur, Sun 12.00 p.m. - 12.00 a.m.,
Fr-Sat 12.00 p.m. - 01.00 a.m.

Address: Petrovka street, 21/2 (Google maps link)
Mari Vanna
As you enter Mari Vanna, it feels as if you've entered someone's home. The decor is similar to the likes of a family dining room, so it immediately brings out a warm and cozy ambiance. Diners have raved about the authenticity of Russian homemade food, friendly waiters and the amicability of the restaurant's very own cat! If you still have enough room for dessert, you need to try their delicious Napoleon cake, which is the Russian version of mille-feuille, a French pastry.

Opening hours: 09:00AM -11:30 PM

Address: Spiridonyevskiy per.,10A (Google maps link)
Lepim i varim
Here you must try any dish with pelmeni - a traditional Russian meal. Why is exactly it?
Because you cannot leave Russia without trying it. They may taste similar to its distant Italian cousin, the ravioli, but the main difference is the shape. Pelmeni is made into shapes of purses and stuffed with either juicy meat fillings, mushrooms, cheese, or Russians' beloved vegetable - potatoes.
But Lepim i Varim proves to be experimental with their fillings and apparently colors. From venison to scallops, crab, and cherry, each dish has a unique quality to it. Diners have raved about its freshness and exceptional taste.

Opening hours: 10:00 AM-11:00 PM
Address: per. Stoleshnikov, 9s1 (Google maps link)
In the conclusion, no matter how peculiar the flavors of Russian cuisine are to you, it's definitely worth trying in the heart of Moscow and also get an unforgettable and gratifying dining experience