10 Things to eat in Moscow and where

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During a trip to the beautiful city Moscow, you certainly don't want to miss trying traditional Russian cuisine, right? Of course, perhaps at first glance it may seem that Russian cuisine does not have much to offer and the idea that is often made is that it is heavy and greasy cuisine: in reality, Russian gastronomy is not particularly complex indeed, even if to our palate it may be perhaps not very varied and imaginative, especially considering it compared to the Italian one. However, we are talking about a tasty and tasty cuisine, capable of reserving pleasant surprises.
Among the main dishes we can include soups, of which there are many different types and seasoned with many spices, as well as beef and fish from the Baltic Sea. Obviously, the strong point of the Muscovite tradition and of Russia in general are the liqueurs, first of all vodka, which you certainly cannot fail to taste.
So, do you want to find out what your next trip to Moscow has in store for you in terms of gastronomy? here are the 10 dishes you absolutely must eat in Moscow.


  1. Blini
  2. Golubtsy
  3. Olivier salad
  4. Kotlety
  5. Borsch
  6. Beef stroganoff
  7. Syrniki
  8. Solyanka
  9. Pelmeny
  10. Pirozhki
  11. Where to eat in Moscow: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Blini

Mainly spread as an aperitif during the Christmas period, i blini are among the most traditional and decidedly tasty Russian dishes. Similar to savory pancakes, or thick and fluffy crepes, they are traditionally prepared in a very hot cast iron skillet, and are served with sour cream, smoked salmon and caviar. A delight not to be missed!

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner (as an appetizer)
  • Average cost: € 1,00 - 2,00
  • Main ingredients: the dough is based on flour, eggs, yeast and milk, they are served with sour cream, smoked salmon or caviar.

2 - Golubtsy

One of the highlights to try in Moscow is the Golubtsy, delicious cabbage rolls, a dish of Ukrainian origin much loved during the winter. These rolls, covered with sour cream or topped with tomato, represent one of the tastiest dishes of Russian gastronomy.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 5,00 - € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: savoy cabbage, beef, pork, onions.

3 - Olivier salad

A dish that we have all tried at least once in our life, a great classic: we are talking about the traditional one Russian salad, typical dish of the capital. In Russia it is known under the name of Olivier salad, named after its creator, Lucien Olivier. The original recipe was quite different from today's one, which as we know well involves the use of mayonnaise, various vegetables and meat.

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: mayonnaise, potatoes, peas, gherkins, eggs, meat

4 - Kotlety

Another dish that we recommend you to try, much loved in the Russian capital is the Kotlety, meatballs made with pork and beef, of Polish origin. Definitely a tasty dish.

  • Recommended to: dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: pork and beef, onion, paprika

5 - Borsch

A dish that you cannot miss when visiting Moscow is the Borsch, the famous soup made from beets, meat and sour cream is one of the most famous dishes in the world, and one of the most tasty and appreciated typical Russian soups.

  • Recommended to: lunch
  • Average cost: € 8,00 - 10,00
  • Main ingredients: beetroot, pork, sauerkraut, onions

6 - Beef Stroganoff

Another dish that you absolutely must try is the famous beef stroganoff, a second dish based on beef cooked with onion and mushrooms, in addition to the inevitable sour cream. According to legend, it would seem that this dish was prepared by the personal cook of the Russian count Pavel Stroganoff, a French chef who thought of adding sour cream to the more traditional beef in fricassee, so as to make it appreciated by the count. The dish was so successful that it was named just after the count.

  • Recommended to: dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00-12,00
  • Main ingredients: beef, mushrooms, onions, sour cream

7 - Syrniki

For a sweet break, you cannot miss the traditional ones syrniki, fried pancakes made with ricotta mixed with eggs and flour. The most famous syrniki are the simple ones and those with raisins, but they are also quite common with other fillings, such as carrots, apples, pears or walnuts. They are usually served at the table on a plate accompanied by condensed milk or jam. A real pleasure for the palate.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 3,00 - € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: ricotta, rice flour, yeast, honey

8 - Solyanka

La Solyanka is a traditional Russian meat-based soup, of which there are many variations, and it is one of the oldest and most loved dishes in Russia.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: beef, ham, broth, cucumbers, mushrooms, onion

9 - Pelmeny

The very famous Pelmeny they are similar to our tortellini; usually filled with meat or vegetables, they are the most popular and widespread first course in Russia, usually eaten in broth, or seasoned with butter, black pepper, paprika or accompanied with sour cream.

  • Recommended to: lunch
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, water, ground, onion, sour cream

10 - Pirozhki

Finally, a delicious dish that you must definitely try in Moscow is the Pirozhki. These sour dough dumplings, similar to focaccia, are of Polish origin and can be made with different fillings, such as meat, onion, eggs, potatoes, cabbage etc; they represent an ideal snack, one of the most popular in Russia, which you can find everywhere in Moscow.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, milk, yeast, meat, onion, cabbage

Where to eat in Moscow: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

It is unthinkable to visit Moscow without it be amazed by its more traditional cuisine. In the collective imagination, the Russian one is not one of the widest and richest gastronomic traditions, but if you give Moscow and its typical products the opportunity to be discovered, you will find unexpected flavors and fantasies.
Don't miss a lunch in a stolòvaya: it is the place where Russians often eat for lunch and it is a particular buffet where it is possible to eat filling your stomach and spending very little and trying traditional foods. Here are the must-see restaurants in Moscow.

1 - Stolovaja n. 57 °

  • Description: typical self-service stolovaya with a very rich choice and excellent quality
  • specialty: traditional Russian cuisine
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Official Site

2 - Lavkalavka

  • Description: restaurant that brings to the table only the ingredients of producers near Moscow
  • specialty: genuine products at km 0
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Teremok

  • Description: fast food chain offering traditional Russian dishes
  • specialty: traditional Russian recipes at ridiculous prices
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Staraya Bashnya

  • Description: room with a medieval location with exposed stones, loopholes and heavy solid wood chairs
  • specialty: borsch soup
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions

5 - Varenichnaya

  • Description: part of a chain of restaurants in the city, it is located in an old building and has a home setting from other times
  • specialty: pelmeni (Siberian ravioli)
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

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