Postcard from Moscow

This summer, all eyes are on Russia for the 2018 World Cup. Whether you hold a ticket to the final game in Moscow – in which case, we envy you – or daydream about visiting the Russia with every game you watch, we put together this guide to Moscow with the help of our showroom in Moscow to help you discover the capital city through the locals’ footsteps.

Deluxe Home Creation

Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street, 42

Located by the Garden Ring and Tverskaya street – the main street of Moscow, the showroom occupies a beautiful space in a calm corner surrounded by cozy cafes and fashionable restaurants where chefs cook up Russian inspired dishes in impeccable interior design settings. Since 2007, the showroom has been frequented by architects and local designers for a fine selection of textiles including Fortuny.

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Correa’s Cafe

Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street, 32-34

A popular a joint among local Muscovites, the Correa’s a block down the street from Deluxe serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cozy atmosphere filled with the aroma of coffee and fresh pastries. With an uncompromising focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients, the cafe/restaurant changes its menu every week while maintaining a few signature dishes that are the backbone of their culinary excellence for the frequent customers.

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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

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Take a walk in the neighborhood and you may hear the bell from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary, one of the only three Roman Catholic churches in Moscow and the largest in Russia. Built in the early 1900s, the towering red-brick church was first proposed by Moscow’s Catholic community who agreed to build their church away from the city center where Orthodox churches dominate and took ten years to finish. The facade follows the style of the Westminster Abbey while the tower is a nod to the Milan Cathedral. The interior is typical neo-Gothic in style and layout.

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Bulgakov Museum

Bol’shaya Sadovaya Ulitsa, 10, Apt. 50

Once the apartment of writer Mikhail Bulgakov, this museum showcases the great writer’s first permanent residence in Moscow where he wrote The Master and Magarita – considered one of the masterpieces of the 20th century – while lending itself to exhibitions and theatrical performances by contemporary artists. The walkup leading to the apartment is filled with inscription from his most famous novel. The apartment itself is an example of the Soviet era communal living where Bulgakov and his wife occupied one room while sharing the kitchen and common areas with 14 other residents.

The museum offers excursions of the neighborhood to explore different aspects of Bulgakov’s life and his characters. Booking required.

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“Is that vodka?” – Margarita asked weakly

The cat jumped up in his seat with indignation

“I beg pardon, my queen,” he rasped, ” Would I ever allow myself to offer vodka to a lady? This is pure alcohol!”

– Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita –

Patriarch Ponds

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A few minutes from the Bulgakov museum and 15 minutes walk from the Deluxe showroom, the Patriarch Ponds is a charming neighborhood where locals find refuge from the heat and bustle of summer Moscow. Under the tree-lined streets, trendy shops, cafes and restaurants add interesting finds to your leisure stroll. Most well known is Mari Vanna, a small restaurant offering traditional Russian fares in a quaint Moscow apartment setup. While in Russia, don’t forget to sample the most authentic Georgian food and wine outside of Georgia. The Patara near the pond is a beautifully designed cafe serving creative Georgian cuisine and a broad selection of Georgian wine.

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Patara is a well designed Georgian cafe with a broad selection of Georgian wine and fun twists on Georgian cuisine. Yermolayevskiy Lane, 7

Ring the doorbell at 10 and find yourself in a quaint Moscow apartment filled with books, picture frames and little oddities. Mari Vanna serves traditional Russian home food in small plates in a homey dinning room. Spiridon’yevskiy Pereulok, 10a

Photo credits, top down:
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, top, by ConsPh under CC 4.0
Correa’s cafe interior by Correa’s Cafe
Patriarch Ponds, third from top, by Alexey Komarov under CC 3.0
Patara interiors by Patara
Mari Vanna interiors by Mari Vanna