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Russia

Russia, the largest country in the world, spans Eastern Europe and northern Asia, featuring a vast and diverse landscape that includes extensive arctic coastlines, dense forests, and deep lakes. It has a rich history that encompasses the reign of the Tsars, the Soviet era, and its current phase as a federation under a strong presidential system, with Vladimir Putin being a dominant figure in its politics since the late 1990s.

Economically, Russia is a major player in the global energy market, being one of the largest producers of oil and natural gas, which significantly influences its economy and international relations.

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Discovering Moscow

morning:Start your day with a visit to the iconic Red Square, taking in the grandeur of St. Basil's Cathedral. Then, head to GUM for some leisurely shopping and exploration of its historic architecture. For breakfast, try Cafe Pushkin for a classic Russian dining experience.

afternoon:Explore the historic treasures of the Kremlin and its stunning cathedrals. Then, take a stroll along the Moskva River and enjoy the picturesque views of the city. For lunch, indulge in traditional Russian cuisine at Arbat Street.

evening:Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Arbat Street and its bustling nightlife, offering lively bars, street performers, and cozy cafes for a relaxing evening. End your night with a visit to the Bolshoi Theatre for a world-class ballet performance. 🌃

day 2

Exploring St. Petersburg

morning:Immerse yourself in history at the State Hermitage Museum, home to an impressive collection of art and cultural artifacts. For a delightful brunch, head to Sadko Restaurant for a taste of authentic Russian dishes.

afternoon:Stroll through the picturesque Palace Square and marvel at the architectural wonders of the Winter Palace. Then, take a boat tour along the Neva River to admire the city's stunning waterfront. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Palkin Restaurant.

evening:Indulge in a sophisticated evening at the Mariinsky Theatre, where you can witness a world-class opera or ballet performance in an elegant setting. 🌃

day 3

Adventurous Siberian Escapade

morning:Embark on a thrilling adventure with a hike through the breathtaking landscapes of the Altai Mountains, surrounded by pristine nature and stunning vistas. Stop by Altay Village for a hearty breakfast at a local eatery.

afternoon:Discover the captivating beauty of Lake Baikal with a scenic boat tour, marveling at the crystal-clear waters and serene surroundings. Then, savor a delicious lunch featuring fresh seafood at a lakeside restaurant.

evening:Experience the enchanting Trans-Siberian Railway journey, as you relax in the comfort of the train while traversing the picturesque Siberian countryside. 🌃

day 4

Cultural Exploration in Kazan

morning:Begin your day with a visit to the mesmerizing Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore its fascinating historical and architectural landmarks. Enjoy a traditional Tatar breakfast at a local cafe.

afternoon:Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Kazan by visiting the Kul Sharif Mosque and the Bauman Street, filled with bustling shops and charming cafes. Relish a delicious lunch at a Tatar restaurant, sampling local specialties.

evening:Experience the enchanting Kazan nightlife by visiting the lively Tukaya Square, where you can find a diverse array of bars, live music venues, and cultural performances. 🌃

Russia Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Borscht

A hearty beetroot soup often served with sour cream, dill, and rye bread. Best enjoyed at Korchma Taras Bulba in Moscow or Stolovaya 57 in St. Petersburg.

Must-Try!

Pelmeni

Siberian dumplings filled with seasoned meat, usually served with sour cream. Look for Pelmeni Club in Moscow or Teremok in various locations.

Blini

Thin pancakes typically filled with caviar, smoked salmon, or sour cream. Try Teremok or the famous Stolle chain for delicious blini.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Kuznechny Market

Located in St. Petersburg, this market offers a wide variety of local produce, pickles, smoked fish, and street food such as pirozhki and shawarma.

Danilovsky Market

In Moscow, this market is renowned for its organic products, diverse food stalls offering Russian and international cuisine, and a vibrant atmosphere.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While traditional Russian cuisine heavily features meats, many restaurants and cafes in major cities now offer vegetarian and vegan alternatives. Check out Ukrop in Moscow and Troitsky Most in St. Petersburg.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

In Russia, it's becoming easier to find gluten-free options, especially in upscale restaurants and health-conscious cafes. Try Fresh in Moscow or Harmonica in St. Petersburg.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Russia

Café Pushkin

An iconic restaurant in Moscow, designed as a 19th-century aristocratic mansion, offering a refined dining experience with classic Russian dishes.

Mari Vanna

With locations in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, this restaurant provides a homely ambiance and authentic Russian cuisine.

Things to do in Russia

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Popular cities in Russia

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