Things to do in Russia
Another world-class boutique for avant-garde fashion imported from Japan, New Zealand, and Europe. Find designs by United Bamboo, Nicholas K, and Belgium's Natan Collection and A. F. Vandevorst.
Wine bottles line the wall and the menu lists single malts by region, but in a town just discovering cocktails, Korovabar is known for having the best mojitos in town.
Years as agent: 18. Specialties: Russa, Eastern and Central Europe. Consulting fee: From $200.
Sandunovskiye Baths, renovated in 2006, is the city's most famous bathhouse, which offers ornate halls for steaming, plunging into cold pools, being massaged with coffee grounds and honey, and sipping tea.
The chocolate-toned, candlelit subterranean hangout on the Moika Canal is a fine place for Earl Grey during the day or stiffer drinks at night (absinthe is on the menu). Cherished by expats, it's got a distinctly bohemian air.
The gallery aims to introduce Russians to photography as fine art. Its first show was a provocative narrative series by Ellen von Unwerth.
Well-priced caviar, vodka, and pickled herring are among the offerings at this gourmet food market, housed in a newly restored 1903 Art Nouveau building. It's the only grocer in town with antique bronze lamps and intricately patterned painted windows.
Not to be confused with the Tretyakov Gallery, the more interesting New Tretyakov is in the same building as the Central House of Artists. On the top floor is Moscow's must-see collection of early- 20th-century art—Malevich, Goncharova, Mashkov, Lentulov, Chagall, and more.