You’ll meet you guide in the hotel lobby and start your gourmet Moscow exploration from Myasnitskaya Street (Butchers’ Street), old city avenue, named after the butchers who settled down in the area in 15th century. Check out the eclectic interiors and exteriors of Tea House located nearby. It’s a perfect photo op and one of the most beautiful houses in Moscow that dates back to 1893.
Follow your foodie guide to one of the coziest cafes where you’ll get to try one of these: a wonderful sour cream cake with prunes, or chocolate caramel cake, or honey cake, all guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling. Before we move on, enjoy one of the drinks of your choice: the delicious raf coffee with orange peel and rosemary, or honey and cinnamon tea, or Americano/Cappuccino.
After this, you will explore downtown of Moscow and learn interesting facts about the Pushkin Square. Stroll down the Tverskaya Street, the main Russian avenue, which has been popular among Moscow elite since 17th century and nowadays is a the high-end street. And do not forget to check the Eliseevskiy Emporium, renowned shopping mall which will capture your imagination with its fascinating gilded décor with incredible shiny crystal chandeliers and magnificent moldings.
Your tour will go on to an ethnic café where you can try the best of pancakes, served with raspberry jam, sour cream and powdered sugar that you will wash down with freshly brewed Coffee Americano, Latte or Cappuccino.
You can finish your culinary tour here or continue to explore the latest gastronomic trends with your expert guide on a 3-hour tour. Take a digestion break with a short walk to the adjacent Tverskoy Boulevard, the oldest, the most beautiful and the longest one on the Boulevard ring.
Then indulge your sweet tooth with Russian authentic delicacies: toasts with egg, grandmother’s pancakes with red caviar or home-made vareniki with cherry, rural cottage cheese or potatoes (your choice of filling) accompanied with refreshing compote berry drink (apricot, cherry, peach or plum). Enjoy the unforgettable warm atmosphere set by perfect blend of warm brick walls with wood inlay and crystal chandeliers, a real wood-burning stove in the center of the room, shelves with pots and jars, Belgian dishes, dim lights and nice lounge music.
Full and happy, venture to historic downtown along Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, home to old Moscow State University, Moscow Conservatory. Admire the unique facades of neoclassical mansions and learn about the origin of the avenue’s name.
Take a walk back in time as your friendly local guide will tell you amazing stories about many layers of history found in Moscow, covering everything from its ancient tribes period, to its violent 20th century and the present period of rebirth. By the end, you’ll have a great understanding of the city’s food, its history and culture along with some top tips about the best places to visit.