6 Best Places in Moscow for creativity & underground lovers
Attention, you’re about to experience a deep-dive into one of the most vibrant cities in the world and browse some of the best places in Moscow. Ready to see some of the coolest places there? Some hidden gems that tourists usually don’t know? Here’s a list of 6 creative and underground spots that will make your trip to Moscow an adventure of your lifetime.
1. Ziferblat Anti-Café – first work, then play
We get it – if you’re in Moscow it’s probably your vacation. But sometimes it happens that you need to work a bit even on your sweet escape. Do not stay in your hotel lobby trying to catch the dodgy Wi-Fi – we have something cooler on our mind. Try Ziferblat anti-café, one of the best places in Moscow to do some remote work in style.
Anti-cafés are places where freelancers all over the world gather to work and socialize, enjoy unlimited amount of light snacks and drinks and pay for the time spent there.
Ziferblat, one of the first anti-cafés in Moscow, is like a blast from the past – it has a strong Soviet vibe throughout all of its interior.
Where to find: 12/1 Tverskaya Street
Learn more: pushkin.ziferblat.net
2. Secret Soviet bunker – history lesson but make it fun
Talking about underground Moscow hidden gems – yeah, this one’s literally under the ground! History is important, and even more so if you can experience it in the form of an adventure. Soviet times is an era when a lot of strange things happened and there’s still a lot unknown in all that. Luckily, Bunker 42 is declassified, and you can have a peek into some of the Soviet secrets.
Built in the 1950s, this absolutely psychedelic structure was made to be used in case there was a nuclear war. It is located 65 meters (213 feet) underground, and let’s just say it’s a strange feeling to be down there. Exciting, informative (there’s even a nuclear bomb simulator!) yet a bit creepy – what else do you need, right?
Where to find: 11 5-y Kotelnicheskiy Lane
Learn more: bunker42.com
3. Bar Strelka – now play time (and vodka!)
Now it’s party time? Yes! We’re going to Bar Strelka! It is located on the premises of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, it has a beautiful summer terrace with a view to the Moscow River and creative art deco interior with Italian and Scandinavian design elements. No seriously, this is one of the coolest places in Moscow!
Here you can enjoy delicious food from the menu or the nearby street food carts, and – of course – an extensive list of cocktails and types vodka, ranging from classics to the Nordic to Siberian specialties. And by the way, all profits from the bar support Strelka Institute.
Where to find: 14/5 Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya
Learn more: www.facebook.com/barstrelka
4. Noor / Electro – cocktails and electronic musis
Now, don’t let the modest exterior fool you, there’s a fantastic cocktail bar inside! As soon as you open the door, it feels like you’ve entered a parallel universe. The interior here is impressive, and so is the cocktail menu – some of the them have even won awards! Which ones? You’ll have to ask the friendly bartenders who know that they’re working for a high-class place but can make you feel very welcome and effortless while the best electronic DJs play their music sets. A true delight for your taste buds, ears, eyes and soul! Long story short – added to the list of best places to visit in Moscow!
Where to find: 23/12 Tverskaya Street
Learn more: www.noorbar.com
5. Aviator – Moscow’s hotspot of underground culture
If you have just one day in Russia, head to one of the most interesting places in Moscow – Aviator quarter. Why? Because it has it all to spend a full day (and night) in a really special atmosphere. Creativity is this place’s middle name, which is backed up the many beautiful aviation themed graffiti murals that adorn old buildings.
During the day, Aviator district is visited by hip locals who want to get caffeinated at the local coffee shop. There’s even a small store where you can buy funny vintage souvenirs and local design products. When the night falls, the crowd gets bigger and it’s time for DJ sets and alternative music concerts, and even multi-day festivals. Hey, there is even a hostel for guests!
Where to find: 14 Olkhovskaya
Learn more: aviator-art.com
6. Rodnya – and now you know what to do in Moscow at night
And here’s something special for a true party lover. If you come to Moscow, you can’t ignore techno music. And yes, it is indeed played in many clubs throughout the city. However, if you want the full experience away from the regular tourist routes, head to Rodnya as soon as the sun sets.
A harmless coffee shop by day, Rodnya turns into a wild techno club by night. This is the place where you will meet a lot of young and creative locals, dance to the hottest techno tracks and sip some really delicious vodka cocktails. A night out in Moscow does not get better than this!
Where to find: 10 Nizhnyaya Syromyaticheskaya
Learn more: facebook.com/RODNYA