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The New Moscow

Loud money and brutish excess defined 1990’s Moscow, but today a more sophisticated story is unfolding. Hip galleries, restaurants, and fashion boutiques (for those famously dressed-to-kill Muscovites) are springing up everywhere in the old Communist cityscape. And the outlandish club scene—where you’ll still see crude-oil barons stumbling past bouncers at 6 a.m.—has become more democratic, even as the Kremlin veers in the opposite direction. In short, a new kind of Russian culture is being born. “It’s a great time to start anything,” says one entrepreneur. “We have lost our history. But because of this we’re fresh, young, and a little bit wild.”

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Destinations: Moscow

Inspired by: Moscow's Moment — by Valerie Stivers-Isakova, Published Sep. 2007

Hotels (7)

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    The Most

    The Most serves a novel kind of Russian cuisine in czarist-dream surroundings. Black bread comes with an exotic fruit-and-olive chutney. Beets appe

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    Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

    Russia’s aristocratic past and hungry-for-luxury present collide at the Ritz, a posh addition to Moscow’s hotel lineup. Though the property is rela... More
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    MaMaison Spa Hotel Pokrovka

    It bucks the Moscow trend of bigger-is-better, and it’s a bit off the well-trod tourist track—and that’s exactly why this boutique hotel is such a

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    Golden Apple

    Discreet and distinguished, this little-advertised hotel exudes serenity in the heart of a city on a 24-hour coffee buzz. Its façade resembles a re

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    Hotel Baltschug Kempinski

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    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

    Distinct among Moscow’s top hotels for its sleek modernity, the Ararat is epitomized by its glass-topped penthouse lounge—where power brokers and v

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    Hotel National

Restaurants (5)

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    Simple Things

    Simple Things, a year-old café owned by Moscow food maven Katya Drozdova, is the capital's first venue to combine peasant cooking with a gourmet se

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    Prichal

    The ultimate enclave-of-the-rich experience is Novikov-owned Prichal, a lofty open-air pavilion set on the bend of a slow green river about a 40-mi

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    Nedalny Vostok

    Arkady Novikov's Nedalny Vostok ("the Near East") has an Asian-fusion menu that doesn't forget it's in Russia—as if Jean-Georges Vongerichten took

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    Dymov No. 1

    Dymov opened a chain of high-quality, low-cost, instantly trendy sausage-and-beer halls called Dymov No. 1. "I'm not interested in Ferraris or the

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    Café Pushkin

Activities (8)

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    TsUM

    Here, slim-thighed trophy wives named Ksusha browse an exquisite selection of $1,000 dresses in sizes two and four. (British retailer Nicholas Harv

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    Respublika

    The bookstore has a sleek, aggressively modern interior and the slogan "Books, music, perspective." On sale are gorgeous editions of everything fro

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    Denis Simachev

    Denis Simachev, a petit, flamboyant dresser with long dark hair and a droopy mustache, recently opened his first flagship—a large building swaddled

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    Cara & Co.

    Another world-class boutique for avant-garde fashion imported from Japan, New Zealand, and Europe. Find designs by United Bamboo, Nicholas K, and B

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    Sandunovskiye Baths

    Sandunovskiye Baths, renovated in 2006, is the city's most famous bathhouse, which offers ornate halls for steaming, plunging into cold pools, bein

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    Pobeda Gallery

    The gallery aims to introduce Russians to photography as fine art. Its first show was a provocative narrative series by Ellen von Unwerth.

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    New Tretyakov Gallery

    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 t

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    Art 4

    Igor Markin's Art 4 is the first private museum to open here in 100 years and showcases his personal collection of Russian art from the past four d

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