Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.



This gastronomic designer den serves international fare in plush surrounds. The opulent décor, marble pillars and chandeliers are reminiscent of Hotel Costes in Paris. The French influence is obvious and the fusion of modern cuisine is outstanding.

 View Map ... Kuznetsky Most Ulisa 19, Moscow, Russia
Café Pushkin

In an attractive 19th century building, this is one of the most famous traditional restaurants in Moscow serving an exquisite blend of Russian cuisine, with vodkas to match each course! Superbly old-world though thoroughly modern, Pushkin has a different atmosphere on each floor, including a richly décorated library, an old drug-store and sunny rooftop café.

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 View Map ... Tverskoy bul 26A, Moscow, Russia

Shatush elevates the concept of sexy dining to another level. The new-style Chinese cuisine is simply outstanding but it may be difficult to concentrate on your silken tofu while the bikini-clad beauties dance on the bar! Perhaps the reason for making the dining space so dark is to hide the wandering eyes. After dinner, enjoy cocktails with a flavoured hookah pipe made from Bohemian-style crystal. Both the chef and design have been taken from the affiliated Hakkasan in London. For uber-decadence and a true wow-factor, you can’t go past Shatush.

 View Map ... 17, Gogolyevsky bulvar, Moscow, Russia

There is no better place to watch the sun set with some delicate sushi than at this Bedouin style restaurant, on the shores of the Chistye Prudy lake. Lounge on comfy cushions and kick back like a member of the royal family on the set of a Thousand and One Nights.

 View Map ... Chistorprudny bul 12A, Moscow, Russia

what we think

Luxury, glamour, extravagance. Once upon a time it was hard to believe these words might be used to freely describe Moscow. But, designer labels and expensive tastes are now as much a part of Moscow as the breathtaking architecture of the Red Square. Vodka will certainly keep you warm in the freezing winter (even early in the morning as it is often cheaper than water! UNION ALL SELECT and you’ll enjoy the black caviar all year round. The bars, restaurants and nightclubs are expensive, catering for the Moscovites who have more money than they can spend. You may not be able to afford to live in this city, but for a short break, the hedonist will certainly indulge.