5 instagrammable diners in Moscow

Aren’t Instagram pics an official currency yet? Maybe not yet a currency, but definitely a game changer for the restaurant industry. These days one must not only feed themselves, but also their social media accounts. Good food is no longer enough, it must come with good picture opportunities — that is what it takes to be a winner. Here are 5 spots in Moscow that deliver on both.

Sagah

You can spot the cactus and bright orange benches at the entrance afar from the street.The design here is minimalistic and Scandinavian: field flowers in glasses, a palm tree, rustic furniture and a pile of magazines on the floor. On the food front there’s cauliflower on coals with feta sauce and almonds (≈$7), Lebanese tartar, tahini, grenades and greenery (≈$10), or chicken liver with tahini, red onion and chile (≈$11).

ADDRESSES

9 Kalashniy Pereulok

HOURS

Sunday–Thursday 10–12 AM,
Friday–Saturday 10–2 AM

Pâte&Co

A little bit of Paris in the middle of Moscow. Miniature tables, a green wooden door — can be used as a background to take pics of fresh croissants (must try!) (≈$3–$9), delicious salmon pate on freshly baked baguette (≈$7.5), Marseille fish soup (≈$7.5) or wild duck terrine (≈$8).

ADDRESSES

3/2 Ulitsa Balchug

HOURS

Monday-Friday 8–12 AM,
Saturday–Sunday 10–12 AM

Table

Small, cozy and concise interior, panoramic windows and a simple menu — that’s what makes this place so enjoyable and Instagrammable. Try potato pancakes with salmon, cream cheese and poached egg (≈$3) and warm sandwich with veal, sweet mustard and arugula (≈$6).

ADDRESSES

45 Ulitsa Lesnaya

HOURS

daily 10 AM–10 PM

Iskra

This place has lots of elements to play with and compose stunning pictures: colorful rosolios in elegant high-stemmed glasses, green leaves by the bar stand, marble floors with geometric patterns and some interesting dishes like tart with bacon jam (≈$6) or a chocolate krauclene (≈$5). Has it turned on your inner Instagram blogger?

ADDRESSES

38a Ulitsa Pokrovka

HOURS

daily 12 PM–12 AM

Tagine

Everything Morocco: lamps, dishes, teapots, jugs and bowls. Make sure to spend an entire evening here with friends and make tons of photos of tasty exotic dishes and drinks styled with all the bowls, kettles, jugs and flat cakes on a large table. They have huge window sills that serve as mini-terraces for 2 in the summer, how do you like that? Order the shrimp tagine (≈$14) or a lamb kebab with hummus and onion (≈$9) and you will get a perfect Moroccan instaphoto.

ADDRESSES

15 Ulitsa Trubnaya

HOURS

Monday–Thursday 9 AM–11 PM,
Friday 9–0:30 AM,
Saturday 11–0:30 AM,
Sunday 11 AM–11 PM

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