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Three days in Moscow will fly by as fast as a Russian troika (the iconic carriage drawn by three horses)! Follow my suggested itinerary and make the most of your time in Moscow by discovering the best of Russia's art and culture, both visually and gastronomically.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

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14 Places

Day 1

The State Tretyakov Gallery

Art Museums

Strelka Bar

Restaurants

Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val

Art Museums

Bolshoi Theatre

Theatres, Ballets, Operas, Architectural Buildings

Day 2

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Museums

Dom 12

Restaurants

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Art Museums

Farmers Restaurant Lavkalavka

Restaurants

Day 3

Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

Speciality Museums

Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)

Speciality Museums

GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin)

Architectural Buildings, Department Stores

Ugolek

Restaurants

The Armoury

Art Museums, History Museums, Military Museums

Masha K's City Tips

  • Tipping is normally 10-15% of the bill, but it really depends on how satisfied you are with the service and the meal.
  • The Moscow metro is fast, easy to navigate and cheap. Cards are available for multi-trips of 11, 20 and more.
  • Instead of buying typical souvenirs on Arbat Street, check out museum stores or shop in Gorkiy Park for something more creative.
    Day 1
  • The State Tretyakov Gallery
    Art Museums
    Masha K Says:

    The former private collection of Pavel Treatyakov, assembled in the 19th century, exemplifies the best works by the most famous Russian artists. The permanent collection stretches from Orthodox icons to the early 20th century — except for Russian avant-garde (which you will find in a separate building). The gallery building itself, designed by Viktor Vasnetsov, refers to Russian medieval architecture and is in itself, worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buying tickets online might be a good idea, to avoid getting stuck in line.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Superb!!! 28/08/2016
    • Great Russian art 26/08/2016
    • The State Tretyakov Gallery
    Address:
    Lavrushinskiy ln, 10
    Moscow 119017
    Russia
    Phone:
    495 953 1051
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Strelka Bar
    Restaurants (Bar, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Central European, International)
    Masha K Says:

    Take a stroll to Strelka Bar for lunch. Here, you will find a menu of delicious food, as well as a stunning view of the Moscow River and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior — rebuilt in the 1990s, years after it was destroyed in the 1920s.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • During summer, be sure to book a table outside on the terrace.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #177 of 9,561 restaurants in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view in a funky neighborhood 27/08/2016
    • Sinply the Best - Sunset at Strelka Terrace 23/08/2016
    • Strelka Bar
    Address:
    Bersenevskaya Emb., 14/5A
    Moscow 119072
    Russia
    Phone:
    7-495-771-74-16
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Thu
    09:00 - 00:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 03:00
    Sat
    12:00 - 03:00
    Other:
  • Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val
    Art Museums
    Masha K Says:

    You'll find the 'Black Square' by Malevich here, as well as lots of other top works from the Russian avant-garde art movement. The collection begins with the works of Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, and extends through the Soviet period and to contemporary Russian art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is no cafe at this museum.
    • Muzeon Park is just around the corner, so you can combine the museum visit with an outdoor exhibition of Post-Soviet sculpture.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Separate Museum from main Tretyakov 19/08/2016
    • Eye-opening -- we know nothing about Russian art in the West 16/08/2016
    • Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val
    Address:
    10, Krymsky Val
    Moscow 119049
    Russia
    Phone:
    495 953 1051
    Other:
  • Bolshoi Theatre
    Theatres, Ballets, Operas, Architectural Buildings
    Masha K Says:

    After the Napoleon army took over Moscow in 1812, the city got heavily destroyed after the infamous fire. Architect Bove was one of the main figures to lead the city's recovery. Bolshoi Theater was also restructured and soon became one of the symbols of the classical Moscow of the 19th century. With the emperor's loge, heavy red velvet and golden decorations and the mesmerizing performances on both the New and the Old scene, Bolshoi Theater represents the finest example of the Russian art and culture.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Keep in mind that the shows here get sold out months in advance!
    • I recommend you try champagne and bread with butter and caviar in the theater's cafe — a truly genuine experience.
    • People tend to dress up for the shows, so make sure you carry some elegance as well.
    • In case you decide to visit the museum of the Bolshoi Theater, you'll have to contact the museum and make an appointment.
    • There is a nice new souvenir shop inside the theater.
    • A restaurant "The Bolshoi" is just around the corner — it's a bit pricey but also very sophisticated and a great example of the Russian cuisine.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Ballet Performance 26/08/2016
    • Amazing building 23/08/2016
    • Bolshoi Theatre
    Address:
    Teatralny dr., 1
    Moscow 109012
    Russia
    Phone:
    095/292-0050
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
    Art Museums
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    Masha K Says:

    A must-visit if you are an art lover, as I am! This museum is housed in a temporary pavilion with columns made of paper, designed by Shigeru Ban. There are normally a couple exhibitions taking place simultaneously, but as the current space isn't huge, you can see everything in a short, refreshing visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the great cafe and museum shop.
    • Tour guides are very knowledgeable, and a tour is highly recommended!
    • Check the website in case the temporary pavilion location has changed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #122 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Contemporary museum in Gorky park 22/08/2016
    • A must-see for lovers of contemporary art! 02/08/2016
    • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
    Address:
    Krymskiy Val St., 9/32
    Moscow 119034
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 645-05-20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Dom 12
    Restaurants (European, Central European)
    Masha K Says:

    Recently opened, Dom 12 quickly became a center for the artistic social scene and parties. There is a very nice inner courtyard too, where you can relax over a simple, delicious lunch — the perfect pause during a long day of walking.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Look for art pieces on the walls — all part of the exhibition which runs through the cafe. These works by contemporary artists could serve as great souvenirs from your trip!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #529 of 9,561 restaurants in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant veranda, good food 27/08/2016
    • Great atmosphere at the dance bar! 13/07/2016
    • Dom 12
    Address:
    Mansurovsky Pereulok, 12
    Moscow 119034
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 903 968-88-97
    Other:
  • Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
    Art Museums
    Masha K Says:

    One of the most important museums in Russia. The works here come from three private collections: Schukin and Morozov's collections of modern art (including fantastic pieces by Monet, Gaugin, Van Gogh, and Matisse), and Ivan Tsevtaev's collection of molds from Greek and Roman sculpture. Yet another reason for visiting this museum however is to see the architecture of the building itself, beautifully designed to specifically complement the different epochs of art it houses — from the Egyptian temple to the Renaissance-style palazzo inner courtyard.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not rely on the museum cafe; rather, plan a lunch elsewhere.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small but wonderful collection of C19 and early C20 24/08/2016
    • Wonderful works of art and amazing staff person 24/08/2016
    • Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
    Address:
    Volhonka St., 12
    Moscow 119019
    Russia
    Phone:
    7-495-697-95-78
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    11:00 - 20:00
    Thu
    11:00 - 21:00
    Fri - Sun
    11:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Farmers Restaurant Lavkalavka
    Restaurants (European, Vegetarian Friendly, Contemporary, Russian, Eastern European, Central European)
    Masha K Says:

    Famous for serving food made with ingredients from local farmers, LavkaLavka showcases a great variety of creative recipes drawn from traditional Russian cuisine. Definitely a place to discover something other than borsch and vodka!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The set menus are great!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 9,561 restaurants in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food with flavour 27/08/2016
    • Uniqaue and Wonderful Restaurant 24/08/2016
    • Farmers Restaurant Lavkalavka
    Address:
    Petrovka St., 21-2
    Moscow 107031
    Russia
    Phone:
    7-903-1155033
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$31
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 00:00
    Mon
    18:00 - 00:00
    Tue - Thu
    12:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
    Speciality Museums
    Masha K Says:

    The well-preserved epicenter of Russian state and religious power. The Kremlin was originally a fortress built by Italian architects, and originally white in color. It was later painted red, and during its history, has passed between the Poles, the Bolsheviks and later to the Communists. In the end, the space was opened up to the public, and is a beautiful space featuring medieval churches and buildings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book a ticket online.
    • Women should cover their heads when visiting the churches here.
    • A horse guard ceremony takes place here on a regular basis — check the website and make sure you don't miss it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historical area 28/08/2016
    • Amazing place 28/08/2016
    • Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
    Address:
    Red Square
    Moscow 103073
    Russia
    Phone:
    (495) 624-55-03
    Hours:
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Masha K Says:

    The country's main square technically is not red. The etymology of the name refers to red as 'beautiful' — the name the square got in the 17th century. The square is flanked by the Kremlin and mausoleum, the Historical museum, the GUM Department store and the Cathedral of St. Basil. Also, it's interesting to know that the Soviet government buried their highest-ranking military officials (along with some mass graves in 1917) by the Kremlin wall.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Square is quite small in fact.
    • During winter there is an ice-skating rink on the square.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historical place 28/08/2016
    • By night is worth visiting. 28/08/2016
    • Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
    Address:
    Krasnaya ploshchad
    Moscow
    Russia
    Phone:
    292-4019
    Other:
  • Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)
    Speciality Museums
    Masha K Says:

    This heavily guarded building is one of my favorite museums inside the Kremlin. It showcases Russia's finest examples of jewelery and precious stones — from elegant brooches of empresses to the country's map made entirely of diamonds.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's not possible to take photos since you must leave all your personal belongings before entering the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit to Diamond Fund after Armoury 23/08/2016
    • Lots of bling! 23/08/2016
    • Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)
    Address:
    Kremlin
    Moscow 103073
    Russia
    Phone:
    495/629-2036
    Other:
  • GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin)
    Architectural Buildings, Department Stores
    Masha K Says:

    Built at the end of 19th century by the famous Russian architect Vladimir Shukhov, this store was a temple of abundance during Soviet times. Here one could find almost everything, which is why the literal translation from Russian is 'all embracing shop.' Nowadays, shopping is often not the purpose of a visit here, due to the high prices and quite banal choice of luxury brands, but I would still suggest walking through the galleries to observe the beautiful architecture.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Look for the famous ice cream cones sold on the ground floor by women wearing white caps.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great mall 28/08/2016
    • Beautiful but pricey! 27/08/2016
    • GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin)
    Address:
    Red Square, 3
    Metro Ploshchad Revolyutsii
    Moscow 613310
    Russia
    Phone:
    495 788-4343
    Other:
  • Ugolek
    Restaurants (Italian, Central American, European, Grill)
    Masha K Says:

    This restaurant is located close to the Red Square and the Kremlin. After sightseeing, take a short break here and you will be welcomed into a universe of delicious food created by Italian chef Uiliam Lamberti. The restaurant's stylish interior with the iron ovens that were shipped here from the US will make a perfect accompaniment to your meal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Try to book a table in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 9,561 restaurants in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food, decor, people watching 28/08/2016
    • Good atmosphere and food! 25/08/2016
    • Ugolek
    Address:
    Bolshaya Nikitskaya st., 12
    Moscow 115487
    Russia
    Phone:
    74956290211
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$39
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 02:00
    Other:
  • The Armoury
    Art Museums, History Museums, Military Museums
    Masha K Says:

    There are numerous treasures to explore here, but my favorites are the sections that exhibit Russian tsars' and emperors' costumes and coaches. While some of the sections displaying international gifts and armory might appear a bit boring and repetitive (another goblet made of gold, another medieval gun), you're sure to be impressed by the Monomakh's Cap and other headpieces formerly owned by the tsars and emperors.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Plan your visit in advance: book your tickets and consider a tour.
    • This place is so popular that I can't imagine a time when you can avoid the crowds!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 2,278 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An amazing historical experience. 28/08/2016
    • Worth a Visit! 27/08/2016
    • The Armoury
    Address:
    Dvortsovaya St., 1R
    Moscow 103073
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 (495) 695-37-76
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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