When I was in Moscow in June, I spent a couple of days wandering around the city centre, taking pictures of things that caught my eye. I must admit that this city is slowly growing on me; the old architecture of the city centre is picturesque with a mixture of crumbling buildings from 18th and 19th centuries and brand new building erected in the last decade or so. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, there has been a proliferation of boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, etc, which are a welcome addition to the long-existing historical sights. It is now one of the most buzzing capital cities in Europe, and it is definitely worth a visit, if you have never been there.
As a little side note, here are some of my favourite places to eat in Moscow (click on names for links):
Cafe Pushkin – Officially my most favourite restaurant in the world. This restaurant serves outstandingly good, traditional Russian food.
Breakfast Cafe – New discovery for me. Apparently this is the best Western – style brunch place in Moscow. And it was pretty damn good: delicious fluffy pancakes (there was at least a dozen different types), yummy, filling egg dishes, and really good coffee.
Wolkonsky – A small chain of excellent bakeries and cafes throughout the city. Delicious breads and pastries, and, yet again, great coffee. Last time I went, I noticed they were serving flat whites and piccolos.
There is also now a Shake Shack on Arbat street. I must check that out next time I am in town. Globalisation and eradication of individual cultures, sighs…
Favourite shot from my last visit; I came across this very vibrant graffiti, around the corner from Arbat Street
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, completely rebuilt in 1997
I love the shabbiness of many of the buildings. Somehow it adds charm to the city!
Many beds of carnations, across the bridge from Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Public library with the statue of Fyodor Dostoyeski, one of the most foremost Russian writers, in front of it.
It’s my bike!
Beautiful chapel sandwiched amongst building along a pedestrian street.
Scary turnstiles in Moscow underground. I actually have a phobia of taking the underground, because of them. They look deceivingly friendly, because they are always open; however, if you do not touch in, they hit you in the groin area so hard, you will never want to
slip go thorough them again…
How beautiful is the juxtaposition of different ornamental elements on this building’s facade: Greek, medieval, and even the Soviet insignia at the top of the building?
I love the contrast between the graffiti and the classical looking building in the background.
One of the statues, all representing characters from Russian fairy tales, in the extensive fountain complex next to the Kremlin.
Arbat street, one of the most famous (and touristy) streets in Moscow.
Quiet residential street, where I spent a few years of my childhood.
I love the contrast between the new and the old elements of the city
Another crumbling building in the city centre, perhaps from the 18th century.
Imposing entrance into a small pedestrian streets lined with designer boutiques.
Strolling down a boulevard
Small Russian Orthodox church
I am not sure of the reason of why so many buildings are yellow…
Red-brick residential building
I really like all the graffiti that you come across around many a corner… perhaps others will disagree.
One of the towers of the Kremlin, a huge citadel in the centre of the city, and the building where mr president works.
GUM, very high-end shopping centre, right on the Red Square.
Beautiful little church, just off the Red Square
Entrance to somebody’s yard
Piglet stickers in an archway. Why not?
Statue of Yuriy Dolgorukiy, this city’s founder.
Beautiful pastel coloured buildings along Arbat Street
Fountain next to Alexandrovkiy Gardens, and a big exhibition space behind it.
Another view of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
A building form the Soviet times
Compulsory shot of the Red Square: GUM on the left, St Basil’s Cathedral on the right.