With the current exchange rates, Moscow is a remarkably affordable place for foreign students. However, we should all be careful with budgets – even as we are adventurous in trying to new places. Here is a line up of remarkable and affordable places to eat around Moscow. This list was originally offered by the Facebook publication Interesnaya Moskva and was translated here for SRAS students.
Funky Lab Bar
Bolshaya Polyanka, 7/10, building 1.
12 pm – 12 am (12:00 – 0:00)
Funky Lab on vk.com
This gastro-bar in downtown Moscow is cosy and interesting: fascinating steam-punk style interior and multitude of unrealistic devices and gadgets set a light and playful tone. The menu contains rather sophisticated entries: boeuf bourguignon, various steaks and salads. However, from noon to 4 pm one can order soup du jour for only 100 rubles or Greek salad for 120 rubles.
GUM, Linia 3, 3rd Floor.
10 am – 10 pm (10:00 – 22:00)
Popular stolovaya (cafeteria) attracts Moscovites and visitors not only with its good prices, broad menu and tasty food, but also by its Soviet-era aesthetics. Dishes which are familiar to any Russian from the Soviet times are prepared following authentic recipes of iconic cookbook The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food (this was basically the Betty Crocker Cookbook of the USSR).
Kulinarnaya Lavka Bratyev Karavaevykh
(Karavayevy Brothers’ Culinary Shop)
8 am – 11 pm (8:00 – 23:00)
Many Moscow residents love this chain of small restaurants. Some come in for tasty breakfasts and lunches, others pick up delicious baked goods or deserts on the way home. Everything is fairly priced and tastes like homemade. After 7 pm (19:00) all baked goods get discounted by 20%.
8 am – 11 pm (8:00 – 23:00)
Brusnika Cafe on Facebook
Near Kitai Gorod, everything here is delicious, tastes like homemade, inexpensive and always fresh. They also have a large assortment of desserts, and make cakes to order. A few things on the menu: bean soup (60 rubles), cheesecake (100 rubles), blini with meat (60 rubles), ‘herring under a fur coat’ salad (55 rubles).
‘Vypechka i Plov’
(Baked Goods and Pilaf)
Tverskaya St., 1, building 1.
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 10 pm
Sat-Sun, 10 am – 10 pm
Vypichka i plov on Facebook
This small Central Asian restaurant with simple interior and inexpensive furniture offers very reasonably priced dishes. Always on the menu: chicken broth for 70 rubles, samosas for 59 rubles and delicious pirozhki for a laughable price of 49 rubles.
Multiple Locations, Hours Vary – See website below
Marugame Seimen is the largest chain of udon restaurants in Japan with approximately 700 locations worldwide. Russia is the 5th country where the chain has opened restaurants. In Moscow, they offer Ceasar Salad with Chicken and Salad Kanikama with imitation crab for 80 rubles each, rolls for 50 rubles, and Gu Kushikatsu, panko-breaded beef cutlets for 80 rubles.
Chebureki Café “Druzhba” (Friendship)
Pankratyevskiy per., 2
9 am – 9 pm (9:00 – 21:00)
Well-known Moscow café with a very budget-friendly menu. Two chebureks will cost you only 100 rubles.