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A Romantic Getaway

There is something romantic in just thinking about bundling up and walking arm in arm through the boulevards of Moscow. There are delights around every corner in the capital city these days, from inventive food in opulent settings to charming parks and gardens. Walk through leafy neighborhoods, explore underground architecture and so much more on a perfect weekend spent in Moscow.

Day

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MORNING
  • Breakfast at Vogue Cafe.

    This stylish restaurant has attracted a loyal following among Moscow’s stylish set for its easygoing-yet-chic vibe. You’ll find a delicious breakfast, attentive service and a cool crowd waiting for their frothy cappuccinos.

MIDDAY
  • Hermitage Garden.

    A hub in the city for concerts, art and food festivals, and craft fairs, Hermitage Garden has become a popular destination for Muscovites. For a picture-perfect moment, walk over to the silver heart sculpture where couples are known to make wishes. Stop for a coffee or cocktail at the lively Veranda 32.05 in the park.

AFTERNOON
  • Moscow Metro.

    Some of Moscow’s best 20th-century architecture actually lies underground. Take a private guided tour of five of the city’s top subway stations, including the famous Mayakovskaya stop. Learn about the history of each station and the line itself, including the elaborate decorations like mosaics and stained glass.

EVENING
  • Observation Deck.

    Head to the 58th floor of the Imperia business center for a guided tour, which will culminate in a panoramic view of the city from the observation deck 790 feet in the air. What could be a better spot for taking in the sunset?

  • Dinner with a View.

    Reserve a table at Ruski, the restaurant on the 85th floor of the OKO building. The menu features reimagined classics, like herring with rye toast and dumplings with venison. And it’s all served with an expansive view of the city below.

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Day

2

MORNING
  • A Skyline Icon.

    The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is unmissable on the Moscow skyline with its gleaming bronze domes. Originally built to honor the Russian Army’s victory over Napoleon, it was partially destroyed in the 1930s and rebuilt in the late 1990s. The interior features gilded decoration and elaborate paintings.

MIDDAY
  • Lunch at Voronezh.

    Housed in an 18th-century mansion, each floor of Voronezh holds a different experience. The first floor is a casual eatery and butcher shop, but on the second floor you’ll find an upscale dining experience and a menu offering over 30 cuts of steak. For true carnivores, the third floor is the Meat Club, which offers an appropriately beef-centric menu.

  • Luzhkov Bridge.

    While the views from the bridge are beautiful, the true draw for couples is the Padlock Trees. Lovers, newlyweds and longtime marrieds write their names on padlocks and leave them on the iron trees lining the bridge as a sign of eternal love.

AFTERNOON
  • Shopping at GUM.

    Luxury shoppers flock to GUM for the department store’s selection of international luxury brands. Flip through racks of Saint Laurent and more while watching the chic citizens of Moscow who filter through the doors daily.

  • Lunch at Gilda.

    Italian cuisine is very popular in Moscow, and Gilda is considered one of the most authentic restaurants in the city. A mid-afternoon stop is perfect for trying one of their many seafood pasta specialties.

EVENING
  • Dinner at 02 Lounge.

    Enjoy a sophisticated dinner at O2 lounge on the rooftop of The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow. The landmark restaurant and bar offers spectacular views of the city, including over Red Square and the Kremlin. House-made cocktail ingredients reflect the Russian palate, or you can go bold with a truffle tincture or gold-plated leaves on your drinks for a night to remember.