At MeetnGreetMe we enjoy co-creating with our locals in different cities around the world. Previously we explored Milan with Lazara Claudia, Warsaw with Olga, and some other great destinations with our MeetnGreeters. Now let’s move to the heart of Russia, the historic and magnificent Moscow!
Moscow never ceases to inspire and fascinate its visitors with majesty, history, vibe and diversity. This Russian sprawling metropolis has everything you can possibly think of, from posh night clubs and high end restaurants, to magnificent art galleries and huge shopping centres. For many a trip to Moscow is once-in-a-lifetime experience. At MeetnGreetMe we value your time and bring to you an insider’s Moscow city break guide prepared together with our local Natalia. Learn how to explore Moscow off the typical tourist routes.
Natalia is a very open and friendly person who’s interested in travelling, psychology, Italian cuisine and traveling. Nowadays she works in the sphere of advertising and event marketing so she would be glad not only to assist world travelers and show them around but also share some insights of working in PR and marketing in Russia.
What I love about Moscow
I love Moscow because of the wide variety of experiences it can offer. From the one side, when in Moscow you can relax in a park, chill in a boulevard, have a walk around the historic centre and visit some cultural events, exhibitions, galleries and museums. From the other side, Moscow also offers exciting opportuniting to go shopping, try delicious food at the best restaurants with cozy summer terraces and embark on a pub crawl. Sometimes I come to think that a whole life is not enough to check out all the interesting places in Moscow.
Moscow has changed a lot over the past few years. The city centre has become more cheerful, merry and colourful. The central streets and boulevards are decorated with flowers, designer compositions and installations. People who visited Moscow a long time ago come here today and find it hard to recognize the city. I’m sure tourists will also enjoy the fact that the majority of shops, restaurants, pharmacies and some tourist attractions work 24/7. Moscow never sleeps!
My favourite local place in Moscow is Aptekarski ogorod (Pharmacy vegetable garden) located at Prospekt Mira 26, bld. 1. It’s a small green oasis at the heart of the bustling megapolis. It’s one of the oldest botanical gardens in Russia and boasts of more than 2000 kinds of flowers and trees. There is a nice pond with ducks, turtles and Japanese carps. When I come here, I feel that I’m somewhere far away from the city, somewhere when I can rest, relax and enjoy the view of old oaks and unique plants from the whole world. In the summer they organize classical and jazz music nights here under the open sky.
Oh, and after having a stroll in the garden you can go to the bakery “Raiski pirozhok” and taste the yummiest cakes in Moscow.
The most romantic place in Moscow
To my mind, one of the most romantic places in Moscow is Luzhkov bridge. There are special trees on it where couples hang padlocks in sign of eternal love and throw their keys into the Moscow river. You can often see newlyweds there. There’s also the so-called reconciliation bench there where you can’t sit far from each other, only very close. The bridge itself is decorated with colourful flowers, green arches and designer compositions. You can then continue your romantic evening and take a river tram which leaves the bridge every hour. To end your fantastic evening, you can dine in the unique Sixty restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows where you can enjoy the breath-taking view of Moscow from 62nd floor of the Federation Tower.
Moscow is an extremely exciting and bustling city. There’s also something going on here. That’s why I chose my top favourite events to visit in Moscow this summer.
What events to visit
1. Varenye (jam) festival is held from 15 July till 7 August this year. At this fair and exhibition you can buy varenye made of pinecones, walnuts or even rose petals. Visitors can taste more than 200 types of jam! So if you are planning to visit Red Square, make sure you pass by and taste some jams at the fair.
2. Jazz festival in Hermitage garden. Here you can enjoy compositions performed by the most famous Russian and international jazz musicians. It will be held from August 15 till August 16.”
We hope that you find Natalia’s tips and insights useful and they will help you make your stay in Moscow truly enjoyable! In any case, you can hire Natalia when you are in Moscow to receive local assistance and personalized approach to your needs ;)
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