The ultimate guide around Moscow’s food markets

The food markets in Moscow are most definitely going through a renaissance: inspired by the likes of Chelsea market in NYC and la Bouqeria in Barcelona the food markets in Moscow have stepped up from just selling produce to become food experience destinations on their own. Here is our pick of the top 5 markets, where you can both shop for the freshest local produce and try some creative street food. 


The Danilovsky market

It’s a perfect example of a successful makeover project: what used to be an old stagnated bazaar a few years ago now turned into a super hip market hosting an entire range of gastronomic startups. Modern stalls with funky branding, stylish staff, air conditioning, bicycle parking — all of that creates a fantastic ambiance and makes Danilovsky the most popular food market in town. The concept of this project can be defined as «Around the world in 80 minutes» and that rings true – 25 eateries serving all kinds of cuisines from Israeli to Vietnamese are based here. You can taste a wide range of fresh bread and sandwiches, exotic and local fruits and vegetables blended into smoothies, gyoza and dim sum dumplings, pies and other delicious food creations and ofcourse shop for fresh produce from local farmers.

ADDRESS:

74 Mytnaya Ulitsa

HOURS:

8 AM – 9 PM

MENU PREVIEW:

crispy baguette – ≈$1, gyoza – ≈$3, a slice of pie – ≈$2

The Dorogomilovsky market

It’s not your trendy hipster market; it’s a genuine farmers’ bazaar with its own rules and ways: there are no price tags, so you’ll need all your bargaining skills to get a good deal. Here a beginner is in danger of being deceived to buy something they didn’t plan on getting. But to only appreciate this purchase later — the quality, freshness, and taste of the produce are superb. The stalls look picturesque too: to attract your attention sellers decorate them as creatively as possible. The market offers fresh meat, seafood, dairy products, groceries, and spices. Outdoor stalls’ prices are a bit lower than indoors. Some street food vendors have started installing their shops in the market lately as well, so grabbing an authentic street-style meal is also an option.

ADDRESS:

10 Mozhaisky Val

HOURS:

7 AM – 8 PM

MENU PREVIEW:

oysters – ≈$3, sheep cheese – ≈$47/kg, Camembert cheese – ≈$35/kg

The Gastrofarm

This new space opened in 2017 with a myriad of street food joints and a whole range of different services, for instance, barber shop, vinery, dance school, fitness studio. Try traditional Dagestan pies, noodles, lamb burgers; buy mushrooms, dried fruits, honey; on top of that drink a cup of delicious coffee or hot chocolate. It’s also possible to book a small kitchen and ask your favorite chief cook to perform a private master class for you and your friends: you’ll get to prepare a complete full course dinner. On top of that, artsy events and get-togethers happen here on a regular basis. The Gastrofarm has just a few shops with produce and is definitely a place that brings together street food vendors rather than farmers, so if shopping for groceries is your main purpose, this wouldn’t be the best choice.

ADDRESS:

35/59 Nizhnyaya Krasnoselskaya Ulitsa

HOURS:

10:30 AM – 9 PM

MENU PREVIEW:

kalach (Russian loaf) – ≈$4, Dagestan pie – ≈$3, hot chocolate – ≈$4

The Shuk market and eatery

The smallest of them all. A mind-blowing mix between an eastern market and a welcoming Israeli café. Amazing Kosher pickles, sauces and marinades, cheese and olives, hummus and snacks beg you to take them home. The eatery runs on self-service, with quite a unique seating: 2 communal tables for all the guests to seat together, as the Israeli do. Pour some wine into a glass and order «the sea plate» – a nourishing pan with squid rings, shrimps and mussels. There is a great selection of vegetarian options too. And again not too much to buy to take away as there is to eat on the spot.

ADDRESS:

7 Veskovsky Pereulok

HOURS:

8 AM – 11 PM

MENU PREVIEW:

the sea plate – ≈$9, a glass of vine – ≈$4, traditional baked cauliflower with tahena – ≈$5

The Usachevsky market

This lively market that has been around for hundreds of years. It was completely revamped and reborn in 2017: a veranda and a mansard roof were added, as well as a food court that accommodates more than 20 bistros representing some of Moscow’s best gastronomic projects. Here you’ll find different products from local farmers; and restaurants offering fresh Japanese sushi, Vietnamese pho soup, Italian pasta, coffee prepared in cezve on the sand. As an added bonus you are likely to experience one of the often held holiday markets, cultural festivals or culinary workshops.

ADDRESS:

26 Ulitsa Usacheva

HOURS:

8 AM – 9 PM

MENU PREVIEW:

Philadelphia roll – ≈$7, pho soup – ≈$7, homemade lasagna – ≈$9

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