Moscow Kremlin

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After such a big night, I got off to a late start on my second day in Moscow. Feeling creaky, I popped into Schastye cafe for a rich cup of “happiness” and a cheesy croissant.

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pereulok Kamergerskiy

Schastye

Schastye

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Then it was straight to the Kremlin – do not pass go, do not collect $200 – where I wondered Red Square and got a little giddy when I saw the colorful bulbous domes of the iconic Saint Basil’s Cathedral.

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Lenin's Tomb

Lenin’s Tomb

GUM

GUM

GUM is the most elegant shopping galleria in Moscow – packed with luxury boutiques such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Kenzo – but if it’s value you’re after, fugetaboutit! You won’t need to travel the globe much further to find a bigger rip-off, but it is the place for purely voyeuristic window-shopping and a moment to unwind over a cappuccino at one of the many grand cafes.

Cafe Pushkin on Tverskoy Boulevard is one of the best ways to experience the pre-Soviet sophistication and opulence of Russian dining. There were so many little details to take in over lunch – the candlelit dining room, the waiters in traditional dress, the adorable little girl in a white taffeta gown at the table next to us daintily eating a raspberry creme brulee.

Cafe Pushkin

Cafe Pushkin

Pelmeni (dumplings) stuffed with salmon

Pelmeni (dumplings) stuffed with salmon

Mushrooms a la pulet | mix of white mushrooms, champignons, chanterelles baked in a sour-cream sauce

Mushrooms a la pulet | mix of white mushrooms, champignons, chanterelles baked in a sour-cream sauce

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Confectionery Pushkin

Confectionery Pushkin

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That evening we dined at the most darling little place called Khachapuri, a Georgian city cafe. The service was the warmest I experienced in Moscow, and we had a lovely little candlelit table outside on the patio.

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No photos of the food, I’m afraid but I recommend:

Khachapuri with cheese and fresh greens, Champignon mushroom caps baked with Suluguni cheese, Georgian pickles, and Satsivi with chicken

A very relaxed and civilized second day in Moscow!

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