#3 Wild Roving
Living Word’s City Guide.
Moscovites have a bit of an unfair reputation in Russia for being a bit cold and aloof. While, you most certainly won’t get a smile from a stranger on the Metro, once you get to know them, you’ll find that they’re perfectly pleasant.
Having said that, very few Russians speak English well outside of the business sphere, so you will struggle to get by without knowing the basics of the Russian language.
If you scratch beneath the surface of this concrete jungle, you’ll find a capital rich in culture. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or history buff, Moscow has something for everyone.
Moscow never sleeps…
But if you need to rest your head, this thriving metropolis has a wealth of quality hotels, suited to all tastes and budgets. If you’re looking for somewhere quaint to stay – Hotel de Paris is a boutique hotel in a great central location. 24hr service at the front desk and free WIFI for all guests make this cosy dwelling perfect for those travelling for business or pleasure.
Dine like an aristocrat or eat like a Russian at a local ‘Stolovaya’.
Take a step back in time to 1825 and eat like a member of the landed gentry at Café Pushkin. This old aristocratic mansion, once frequented by Pushkin himself is now hugely popular with locals and tourists. Open 24hrs a day with exquisite Russian and French cuisine, Café Pushkin is the place to be.
Bar area at Café Pushkin
If you’re wanting a truly authentic Russian dining experience, head over to Stolovaya 57. This soviet-style canteen, situated GUM department store offers traditional Russian cuisine at reasonable prices. The perfect place to enjoy some ‘Borsch’ or ‘Seledka pod shuboi’ (Herring in a fur coat) with your comrades.
After eating, you’ll probably want to head to one of Moscow’s many bars. If you’re meeting a client, afternoon drinks at Strelka will surely impress. Its rooftop terrace overlooks the Moskva river and has stunning views of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Marvel at the Metro.
The Metro’s lavish and ornate interiors make getting from A to B in Moscow an experience in itself. With marble floors, baroque ceilings, murals and statues, Moscow’s Metro is truly breath-taking. And at just 55 roubles (66p) per journey, it is the most cost-effective way to get around.
If you do manage to tear yourself away from the Metro, there are plenty of sights to see in Moscow. A visit to Red Square to see the leader of the Bolshevik revolution in the flesh is a must. With a variety of museums, galleries, parks and cafes, Moscow caters for all interests.
Advice on the street.
Making conversation: `Moscovites commonly greet one another with the formal ‘Zdra-stvooy-ty’ (Здравствуйте). When meeting someone for the first time, make sure to ask how they are ‘Kak dela’ (Как дела) and tell them that it’s nice to meet them, ‘‘Оchen’ priyatno’ (Очень приятно)
Being polite: To be polite you should always use the formal form of address ‘Vy’ (Вы). The informal ‘Ty’ (Ты) is only acceptable when speaking to a friend or peer. ‘Pozhaluysta’ (Пожалуйста) and ‘Spasibo’ (Спасибо) mean ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ but are not used as often as they are in English.
Eating out: In order to get the waiter’s/waitress’ attention in Moscow, you will have to shout ‘Molodoy chelovek’ (Молодой человек) (Young man) or ‘Devushka’ (Девушка) (Girl). This isn’t considered rude at all, in fact if you don’t do as the Russians do, you might not get any service at all!