The savvy luxury traveler knows: luxury isn’t always exclusively defined by price. Sometimes luxury is in the selection that you get to choose from. That is why in Moscow, you should not focus only on glitzy high-end restaurants. The city offers a wide range of brand-new food courts and street food markets that will delight even those with a discerning palate while giving your credit cards a well-deserved break. Here are Moscow’s best choices to eat delicious street food.
Central Market (Centralniy Rynok)
The central market on Trubnaya metro station opened as far back as 1840 and became the city’s main food market in the 1960s. Like so many of Moscow’s food courts, it underwent a major rehaul and was reopened in 2017. Nowadays, it’s divided into two zones. On the lower level, you can buy fresh foodstuff while on the ground floor, there are no less than 40 options of street food to choose from. I recommend not missing out on the Belgian waffles that are right at the market’s entrance.
Danilovsky Market (Danilosvkiy Rynok)
This market on Tulskaya metro station was as well reopened in 2017 and follows a similar conception: fresh food and street food in one place combined. There are a couple of excellent choices that you should not miss when visiting this one: café Bo serves delicious and authentic Vietnamese food at minuscule prices. The Dagestani stand at the market will let you try specialties from the Russian Caucasus.
Unless you’re looking to buy furniture in the megastore above, you might not make your way out of the center to Avtozavodskaya metro station to visit this food court. That would be a shame though because where else are you able to try burgers with Coke syrup like in “Cola Burgers”? If that’s a bit out there for you, go with the Crimean shrimps and seafood or another one of the 38 selections from all around the world to choose from.
Vokrug Sveta (Around the World)
If you prefer to stay a bit more central, you should stop by Vokrug Sveta on Nikolskaya Street just off the Red Square. You will not only find more than two dozen food stands to choose from (my personal recommendation: the Neapolitan pizza) but also a very lively atmosphere with live concerts and upbeat music on the weekends. For those that don’t want to go to a night club but would like to have a drink in a relaxed atmosphere, this is for you.
Located on Belorusskaya metro station, this is Moscow’s biggest and most recent addition to the food court scene. There are no less than a mind-boggling 75 stands to choose from so forgive me for not having been able to pick the best one yet! This is also the by far liveliest food market, which resembles a relaxed nightclub on weekends. Everyone that’s trendy and hip in Moscow has been here at least once so make sure you don’t miss it.
Ivan Crnogatic is the Author of Moscownightguide. Moscownightguide is an expert guide to Moscow’s high-end and nightlife scene.