A “Pokrovskie Vorota” movie-themed date

Have you ever been on a date in Moscow? Have you ever been on a date with Moscow? This guide will tell you how to do both simultaneously, but not just with a standard “big shiny megapolis”, but with an old, romantic intelligent version, that is shown in the movie “Pokrovskie Vorota” (Pokrovsky Gates), which you definitely need to watch before you do this. The one with slow walks, poem readings, remarkable places and great food.

The Usachev-Naydenov Mansion and Park

Step one should be the famous park, where one of the protagonists of the story, Hobotov, decided to run away with his beloved nurse Lyudochka. This place remained intact for the most part and the park is huge, because the owner of the mansion, Peter Usachev was really into gardening. A fountain, a grotto, several summer houses-rotundas, that were imported from Paris, the Four Seasons sculptures and various gorgeous pieces from the past are situated inside the park. You can take a ton of great pictures! After a romantic stroll around the park and a few dosen selfies and pictures you can use an arch that was also used in the movie, to declare, where are you going next.

Address: Ulitsa Zemlyanoy Val 53

Open Hours: Mon-Sun 9AM-10PM

 

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The “Sem Pyatnits” (Seven Fridays) Restaurant

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to have a romantic dinner in a “mansion”. The “Sem Pyatnits” restaurant vibe takes you back to the 19th century. The inside of the restaurant looks like a mansion, with authentic interior pieces and furniture from the 19th century. In summer they open a cute terassa with a gorgeous fountain and greenery all around it. The historical style and actual vintage pieces create an unbelievable atmosphere. The menu mostly consists of dishes, that were popular prior to the revolution, but they also serve “everyday” Russian food, that can satisfy anyone.

Address: Ulitsa Vorontsovskaya 6

Open Hours: Mon-Sun 12PM-12AM

 

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Goncharnaya Ulitsa

The next stop is the famous alleyway, where Kostya and Rita took their walks. It’s a pretty small and quiet alleyway; to reach it you’ll need to walk through the Goncharnaya Ulitsa, which is fascinating on it’s own. A lot of houses there were built around two centuries ago and you can even see, how the street is changing, when you come closer to the Bolshoy Vatyn alleyway. For example, house №38 is a monumental piece of pure Soviet aesthetics, and during the Soviet period it housed government officials and other higher-ups. Another noteworthy building is  the Cathedral of Dormition of the Mother of God in Gonchary, founded in 1654. Aside from that there are a lot of mansions, built in the 17-19 centuries, like the Tutolmin Mansion (№12), the Klapovsky Mansion (№14-16), and the Solodovnikov Mansion (№18). You’ll never miss the turn to the Bolshoy Vatyn alleyway, because it’s right across the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. Thanks to the movie, this alleyway is regarded as a romantic place. This is where people read poems to each other and declare their eternal love. The alleyway leads to a neo-classical Stalinist building, located on the riverbank, where Rita lived in the movie.

 

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The “Illuzion” cinema

Now that you are done with ‘the movie’ walk, it’s time to visit the cinema. This particular cinema is one of a kind. The first movie ever shown in the “Illuzion” cinema was a movie by Sergei Eisenstein, called “The Battleship Potemkin”. In the Soviet Union this cinema was infamous for showing foreign movies (mostly), that weren’t aired anywhere else. There was a new premier everyday . Nowadays, they show old Russian and foreign movies, so if you are looking to share a bit of nostalgia for the good, old days with your significant other, this is definitely the place to be.

Address: Kotelnicheskaya Naberezhnaya 1/15

Open Hours: 9:30AM – 12AM

 

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The introvert's perfect day-off in Moscow
Art, cosy shops, some tea time and a scenic walk through the street of old Moscow
The introvert's perfect day-off in Moscow
Art, cosy shops, some tea time and a scenic walk through the street of old Moscow
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