From cosy Italian restaurants to rooftop bars with live DJs, eat cheaply without compromising on style with our guide to Moscow’s more affordable eateries
With an extensive cocktail list, fabulous summer roof terrace and an international menu that includes local produce and dishes, Bar Strelka is a lively bar and restaurant with several eating options. Tapas is available from the bar, while the bistro restaurant is perfect for more formal dining and street food is also served outside. Offering rooftop views over the Moskva River, the bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has an eclectic décor inspired by Scandinavian and Italian interiors from the 1960s and 70s. Every weekend the bar hosts parties with DJs, with all proceeds from the bar donated to the Strelka Institute, which creates learning opportunities and positive cultural changes within the city.
Bar Strelka, Bersenevskaya naberezhnaya 14, stroenie 5, Moscow 119072, +7 495 771 7416
A cosy Italian eatery that has a family-friendly vibe, Piccolino is different to many other restaurants in Moscow and offers as authentic an experience as possible. Piccolino means small in Italian and the venue lives up to its name, with décor reminiscent of an Italian apartment. Seating up to 70 people in the two dining rooms and terrace, it has the atmosphere of a lively family home and serves classic Italian dishes such as mussel soup, beef carpaccio, gnocchi and pizza. With its no muss, no fuss ethos, Piccolino is the perfect casual-dining spot for those wanting to experience a little piece of Italy, Russian style.
Piccolino, Kolobovskiy 1-y pereulok 11, Moscow 127051, +7 495 799 8292
Zoo Beer & Grill
Perfect for any beer expert, Zoo Beer & Grill has 20 different draft beer brands and more than 70 types of bottled craft beers from all over the world. Not only is the beer choice impressive, but the rooftop also offers a panoramic view of the city – giving you another reason to visit. The interior décor is cool, with urban touches such as exposed concrete, brick walls and pipework giving it a contemporary industrial feel. When you’ve eaten your fill of dishes from the smokehouse menu and are looking for a quieter alternative to the party atmosphere on the rooftop, you can retire to the terrace, which is turned into a winter garden in the colder months.
Zoo Beer & Grill, Konyushkovskaya ulitsa 34, stroenie 1, Moscow 123242, +7 495 114 5193
RYBY Net is one of the top places in Moscow for meat eaters, offering 13 meat dishes across its superb menu. The restaurant, brought to you by the company behind Novikov, is located in the St Regis hotel and meat lovers will enjoy the variety of dishes such as veal tail, steak and burgers. Fresh bread accompanies every dish and is made by in-house by French bakers Olivier Badu and Nicolia Clema.
RYBY Net, Nikolskaya ulitsa 12, stroenie 4, Moscow 109012, +7 (495) 258 4206
Casual yet cool, 5642 Vysota is perfect for diners looking for traditional cuisine and a laid-back atmosphere. With a shabby-chic décor, friendly service and staff who are always willing to explain the menu, 5642 Vysota is popular with locals and offers a comfortable atmosphere alongside a menu of authentic Russian and Georgian food. Centrally located, just a few minutes’ walk from Red Square, the restaurant is named in honour of Mount Elbrus which, at 5,642 metres high, is the highest mountain in Europe. Most of the ingredients served are sourced from the area around Mount Elbrus and dishes are prepared by specialist chefs. Take your taste buds to new heights with options such as lobio – bean stew; kharcho – beef stew; and chakhokhbili – stewed chicken with herbs – all typical Georgian dishes.
5642 Vysota, Bolshoy Cherkasskiy pereulok 15-17, stroenie 1, Moscow 109012, +7 495 624 9321