48 Hours In Moscow: Where To Stay And Shop
Where to stay
Sandwiched between the Kremlin and State Duma, the Four Seasons Moscow boasts one of the best addresses in the city, with most of the city’s top sites within a stone’s throw. A mix of Stalin-era design and contemporary Western styling, it is unmistakeably Russian while also being wonderfully luxurious.
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Ararat Park Hyatt
The right concierge can get you helicopter rides in a city where helicopters are banned and tickets to shows that have been sold out for months—and the Ararat Park Hyatt—a central, stylish hote—has two of the most efficient.
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Close to Red Square with wonderful river-facing views, this lavish hotel has notably good service and is home to the Baltschug Grill, a restaurant that serves caviar worth getting on a plane for.
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With a vast spa and private butlers, this hotel is ideal for guests who like to be pampered after an evening next door at the Bolshoi.
Find out more at Ritz Carlton Moscow
Where to splurge
Planning to dive into Moscow's famous shopping scene? Here's where to go:
For everything: GUM
This century-old shopping centre, housed in a historic building on Red Square, offers every European fashion brand imaginable plus a few Russian ones. You can also buy caviar by the vat-load, watches, jewellery, books, furs and artworks. Oh, and there's a skating rink for any bored children or husbands.
For high fashion: KM20
The "Dover Street Market of Moscow", KM20 is a high-fashion, ultra-cool department store that is best described as the Vetements aesthetic brought to life.
Don't miss the cafe on the top floor for coffee and cakes.
For local designers: Tsum
The ideal department store for anyone looking to test their Russian fashion history, Tsum is part brocade and fur, part grungy, urban design. Look out for brands Walk of Shame (a Tatler favourite) and Vika Gazinskaya.
For Vintage Clothes: Cara & Co
A shop for people who are serious about clothes, it tags itself "No Logos, Fashion only." Cara & Co features unique pieces of intricately designed clothing and lots of sumptuous vintage pieces. Perfect for giving your wardrobe an eclectic makeover.
This is the final part in a three-part "48 Hours In Moscow" series on hongkongtatler.com.
See also: 48 Hours In Moscow: Day 1