Not a first-timer in Moscow? Done with the list of must-sees? Or just looking for an interesting place to make the best of a rainy day? We’ve got tips for you!
1. Vinzavod, Center for Contemporary Arts
This place is one of the most well-known venues for contemporary art and photo exhibitions, art workshops and lectures. Strange as it may be, this modern art haven was once an industrial zone and a slum.
2. Museum of
A trip here might take the whole day– you won’t leave until you have examined every corner of the museum. The place has a huge exhibition area (almost 8000 square meters) and offers an enormously rich collection of real artefacts related to outer space, including layouts, documents, recordings, cosmonaut suits, food, spacecraft and satellite models – the list is endless! Bonus – enjoy a live broadcast from International Space Station circulating the Earth’s orbit.
3. Artplay, Design Center
An epicenter of everything trendy, starting with its roof – an ice-skating rink by winter, a live-concert venue by summer. Artplay hosts various festivals, design fairs, workshops and meetups with hotshots, like Erno Rubik, the famous Rubik’s Cube inventor.
Located right in the heart of Moscow, 65 meters deep under ground, this military bunker was built 30 years ago to serve as a shelter in case of a nuclear attack. Get ready to experience the Cold War atmosphere. Feel free to push the red button and “launch” a nuclear warhead. You are well-protected, trust us.
5. Flacon, Design Factory
Formerly a 19th century glass factory, now a popular art cluster. Drop by for a live show, watch an arthouse film or simply have a snack in a funky atmosphere.
6. Dewar’s Powerhouse,
Café and Record Studio
This place is a startling mix — the basement is home to a recording studio, the first floor hosts a restaurant, a bar and a dance floor. Chilled atmosphere, mostly cocktails and snacks on the menu. A place to mingle with your friends and enjoy good quality music.
7. Chainaya Vysota
There’s two spots, one in the popular Gorky Park and the other one is tucked away right in the center of Moscow in the arch of Pokrovka street. The more intimate Pokrovka spot makes you feel like you sneaked into an alchemist’s lab. The place is tiny, with only a few booths along the side of the wall by the windows, a library of books to get lost in, a tea ceremony room in the back and a selection of the most unheard of ice cream flavours — perfect to enjoy a rainy day.