Nikolai Cafe in Moscow

Кафе Николай/Nikolai Cafe Старая Басманная, 5 Hours: 9:00 – 20:00 Prices: 175 rubles+ Nikolay.ee If you are studying at the Higher School of Economics through SRAS, there is a restaurant that you’ve probably missed on the way to the classroom building on Staraya Basmannaya. On the outside, the faded purple sign that says”Nikolai” may lead […]

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Tea 42 in Moscow

Cafe 42 ул. Красноказарменная, 23, Москва Hours: 9:00-23:00 Closed: Sunday Meals from 350 rubles+ Tea42cafe.ru 8 (919) 992-62-11 Tea 42 is located about 15 minutes walking distance from the Higher School of Economics dormitories at Aviamotornaya. This is my favorite place in the area to get work done or relax. It’s quiet and spacious. Like […]

Chainaya by Kolomskoye Park in Moscow

Чайная/Chainaya Andropova Ave., 39 Prices: 450 rubles+  Shashlyk is a simple meat dish that is made by literally putting meat to fire. However, the way it’s done here in most restaurants is usually attributed to Central Asia / the Caucasus. It’s usually marinated sheep, beef, chicken or fish skewered on a metal stick and barbecued. […]

Varenichnaya in Moscow

Вареничная №1 / Varenichnaya №1 Arbat St, 29 (and other locations) Hours- 10:00-0:00 Prices: 175 rubles+ Varenichnaya.ru At first, I wasn’t too keen on going to this cafe. The menu at Varenichnaya seemed similar to any other cafe or food stand in Moscow, yet the food was more expensive. I ordered kotleti po-kievski, or chicken cutlet […]

OMG! Coffee in Moscow

OMG! Coffee ул. Старая Басманная, 6, стр. 3 M-F: 08:30 – 23:00 Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 23:00 Prices: 300 rubles + OMGcoffee.net I think I’ve found my go-to cafe for lunch near the Higher School of Economics classroom building on Staraya Basmannaya. Apparently, it’s also the go-to place for many other local business people. When we […]

Florentini Cafe in Moscow

Florentini City Cafe ул. Старая Басманная 9/1, Москва, 105064 Hours: 12:00-23:00 Prices: 400 rubles + FlorentiniCafe.ru If you are studying at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and need a break from the food at the stolovayas, try some of the cafes located nearby. Florentini City Cafe is located on Staraya Basmannaya Street, which is […]

Lefortovskii Rinok in Moscow

Лефортовский Pынок / Lefortovskii Rinok Ул. Авиамоторная, 39, Москва, 111024 Hours: 8:00-20:00 Although newer students might feel inclined to head to a familiar supermarket style store for groceries, I urge you to give the local рынок a visit. A рынок is a bazaar-style market that often has clothes, meats, tea, vegetables, fruits, cookies and candy. Sometimes […]

Vegan in Moscow: Anna Westby’s Story

While there are far fewer vegans and vegetarians in Russia than there are in the US, and while being a vegan in Moscow is still a bit of an oddity, vegetarianism and veganism in Russia is on the rise. Resultantly, the number of eating establishments that cater to vegans and vegetarians are also on the […]

Zu Restaurant in Moscow

Зю/ Zu Restaurant http://www.zucafe.ru Multiple Locations/ Hours vary (see website) Zu is one of those rarities in Moscow: a full-service restaurant in the heart of the city where the majority of entrees cost less than 400 rubles. The Thai-fusion chain has locations in most of the highly trafficked areas inside the garden-ring, including Tverskaya, Noviy […]

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