- NATALIA VODIANOVA
The Kremlin is the base of the government of Russia. Inside the mass area (27 hectares!) that the Kremlin Wall encloses lie plenty of cathedrals and palaces, some of which can be visited.
This eye-catching Orthodox church is one of the most popular cultural symbols of Russia and a site to behold. Travellers are able to visit the nine chapels located inside, each decorated in their own distinctive style.
The façade of the store is exquisitely designed and the interior is no different. Located inside are plenty of luxury and mid-range boutiques, the Soviet-style grocery shop Gastronom, caviar bars, and of course, the legendary GUM ice-cream!
The walled Novodevichy Convent is a religious complex that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. It is a wonderful example of the so-called Moscow Baroque style (Naryshkin Baroque). Fun fact: the lake located just outside the high masonry walls of the convent was the inspiration for Tchaikovsky’s infamous ballet, Swan Lake!
As a country, Russia stretches from Europe, all the way to Eastern Asia, and as you would expect, the food is a mix of European, Caucasian and Asian influences. Moscow is home to some of the world’s greatest restaurants, and if booking a luxury Moscow city break, there are two restaurants that deserve a visit: • White Rabbit • Café Pushkin
We recommend staying around the Red Square area or on Tverskaya Street. It’s perfect in terms of proximity to both the shops and main sites. Recommended hotels include: • The Ritz-Carlton: Located at the top of Tverskaya Street, with a gorgeous rooftop bar offering views of Red Square • The Four Seasons: A favourite amongst celebrities and high net worth individuals • The St Regis Moscow Nikolskaya: A few minutes away from Red Square