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Destination Guide: Moscow

Onion-shaped domes, Bolshoi Ballet and Red Square shopping
Colourful spiral spires and imposing Soviet architecture gaze down on a vibrant city full of music, art and turbulent history.

Food and Drink

Russian dishes and upmarket cafés. Try regional delicacies like rich borscht soup with cream, and spicy stuffed cabbage leaves from Arbat's homely family-run eateries. Or join the local smart set for sushi and cocktails from Red Square's towering hotels. No walk around elegant Patriarch's Ponds is complete without coffee and flaky pastries from the area's Art Deco cafés.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Exotic architecture and underground elegance. Sumptuous chandeliers and marble floors make Moscow's metro system a destination in itself. From vast Red Square, it's an easy walk to the domed St Basil's Cathedral, and the colourful spires, museums and palaces of the Kremlin. Join locals in Kolomenskoye for Moscow River strolls and leisurely boat trips.

Shopping

International fashion, Russian dolls and weekend markets. Browse for intricate Russian dolls and Red Army memorabilia from the stalls that line the vast GUM department store. Or explore Arbat Street for intricate birch-wood jewellery boxes and folksy hand-embroidered bed-linens.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Lap up performing arts and midnight drinks. Hear Tchaikovsky in the intimate setting where he once taught - the Moscow Conservatory. Or thrill to the world's most famous ballet company, The Bolshoi, in their Theatre Square home. Mix fruity vodka cocktails with sweeping city views from top-floor hotel lounges, or bar-hop around bohemian Patriarch's Ponds.