The main resource of social life announces is www.afisha.ru. Unfortunately it’s in Russian only, but if you use Google.translator you will be able to learn more about Moscow life including concerts, exhibitions, night clubs, movies, restaurants and more and more.

 

EATING OUT

A wide variety of restaurants offering cuisine from many countries of the world are located throughout the city, although primarily clustered near the centre. In Moscow you can find Russian, Georgian, Armenian, American, Chinese, Indian, Italian, German, French, Scandinavian, Spanish, Japanese, Mexican and many other restaurants. Styles range from casual dining to extremely elegant. For nicer restaurants you should make reservations.

There are 3 dozens of restaurants owned by restaurateur Novikov: http://novikovgroup.ru/. Each restaurant offers its own cuisine, basically regional Russian one. The menu with updated prices is available in Russian web-site version only.

Also there are a few café chains with a plenty of branches all over the Moscow:

Shokoladnitsa http://shoko.ru  (rus)
Starbucks http://starbuckscoffee.ru (rus / eng)
Coffee House http://www.coffeehouse.ru/ (rus)
Coffee Bean http://www.coffeebean.ru/ (rus)

 

CITY SIGHTS

Kremlin is a heart of cultural Moscow. So we strongly recommend you to start observing the sights from this example of Old Russian citadel. http://www.kreml.ru/ (rus/eng). There are plenty of places of interests inside: Blagoveshenskiy, Arkhangelsky and Uspensky Cathedrals, Armoury Chamber and Arsenal, Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, Terem Palace and Ivan the Great Bell-Tower complex, etc.

Right nearby the Kremlin are located the Saint Basil’s cathedral and Alexandrovsky garden. Other main sights are located further, but definitely are worth to see:

  • Christ Savior Cathedral
  • Tretyakov Gallery
  • Victory Park
  • Triumph Arch
  • Observation point at Sparrow Hills (‘Vorobyevy Gory’)
  • Stary Arbat walking street

 

OPERA AND BALLET

Performances for evening opera, ballet and theatre usually begin around 7.00 to 7.30 p.m., unless otherwise specified. Coats must be checked, which is a free service. Tickets to these events when purchased at the ticket office or in kiosks located near the performance halls are relatively inexpensive. If purchased through tourist agencies, Western ticket offices or middlemen, the price increases significantly.

Bolshoy Theatre http://www.bolshoi.ru/ (rus / eng)
The Kremlin Ballet Theatre http://www.kremlin-gkd.ru/  (rus / eng) 
Stanislavsky  and Nemirovich-Danchenko
Musical Theatre
http://www.stanislavskymusic.ru/ (rus / eng)
Novaya Opera    http://www.novayaopera.ru/ (rus / eng)
Helicon Opera http://www.helikon.ru/ (rus / eng)

 

CINEMAS

There are several cinemas in Moscow, some of which show only English language films, and there are certain Russian cinemas that sometimes play English language films with Russian subtitles. Check ‘The Moscow Times’ on Fridays for exact show times.

35 mm cinema www.kino35mm.ru
Pod Kupolom cinema www.domecinema.ru
Oktober cinema,  hall #11 www.karofilm.ru

 

WELLNESS AND FITNESS CENTERS

World Class http://www.worldclass.ru (rus / eng)

There are numerous locations across the city. The centers offer excellent cardio and weights equipment, swimming pools (in some locations), saunas, solaria, spas, joga and dance studious. Qualified instructors give classes throughout the day.

Planet Fitness  http://www.fitness.ru/ (rus)

Again there are numerous locations throughout Moscow. These exclusive centers offer swimming pools, Jacuzzi, cardio exercise equipment, aerobics and martial arts, game rooms for kids, Russian steam baths and beauty salons.

Dr. Loder http://www.loder.ru/ (rus)

 

DOWNHILL SKIING

If you like downhill skiing or snowboarding go 45-50 km to the north outside Moscow, where 5 snow parks are located:

Sorochany http://www.sorochany.ru/ (rus)

One of the biggest snow resort of the Moscow region, with 10 slopes of 200-850 meters. Height: 40-90 meters.

Volen http://www.volen.ru/ (rus)
Yakhroma http://www.ya-park.ru/ (rus)
Shukolovo  http://www.shukolovo.ru/ (rus)
Stepanovo for beginners

Also there is a year-round indoor slope in 5 km to the west outside Moscow

Snej.com www.snej.com (rus)