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Best international restaurants in Moscow

  Hey dear traveler, have you already tried vareniki, bortsch, and bubliki? Did you have a cup of Russian herbal tea, a can of kvas and a shot glass of vodka? Not yet? Want to have a company to have more fun? We kindly invite you to join a drinking tour or food tour whenever…

Meet our local guide: Tanya

On how she became a tour guide At the age of 12, I realized that I want to travel. It immediately brought me to the idea of becoming a journalist. Getting a degree in journalism made me realize that I won’t travel much and may end up writing the same news all over again. I…

Safety in Moscow: how to avoid unpleasant situations

Safety is one of the biggest concerns for every traveler, especially when it comes to visiting a country as enigmatic, as Russia. Russia might not have a reputation of a safe country, but honestly, you don’t have to worry about crime and violence, especially in central areas, and Moscow is a very safe city and…

Khabib Nurmagomedov – Russia’s Most Followed Instagram Star

Russia is in many ways an unusual country. You will understand this the first time you visit here. Perhaps it’s not surprising that the most popular Russian blogger on Instagram is not a movie star or a singer, but … a UFC fighter from Dagestan. ExploRussia is happy to introduce him! His name is Khabib…

Moscow street art

  Moscow Graffiti When traveling to Moscow, people might expect to see conservative, grey and rather boring city, stuck in the past and surrounded by one-type box-like buildings. Or they might imagine gorgeous Red Square and Kremlin walls beautifully lighted up at night, legendary Nikolskaya street and stunning view on the city from Sparrow hills….

A Glimpse Into Russian Literature: Best Russian Writers

It would be difficult to find a person who loves literature and has never heard of famous Russian writers, such as Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Indeed, when I think of what we should be proud of as a nation, the first thing that comes into my mind is literature. It goes the way beyond…

VDNKh Park and it’s Secrets

There is a special place named VDNKh (Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy) that you could find in Moscow, it’s a huge exhibition park territory. Depending on how you feel at the moment, you could find a spot here that would relate especially to you.  There are so many things to do here. You could…

Top 10 Myths About Russia

“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside enigma” Winston Churchill The job of tour guide means not only to talk about the history and show famous attractions. The goal of a tour guide is also to show real Russian culture, traditions and to break stereotypes. Of course, I’m ready for some funny questions…

10 Alternative Souvenirs From Russia

What to do if you can buy a “Matryoshka” and a samovar in the souvenir shops worldwide, and you really want to bring an outstanding souvenir from Russia? Of course, you can find some alternatives! National Russian hats are recognizable around the world. Almost every tourist in Moscow considers it his duty to buy “Ushanka”…

Tea-Drinking Traditions in Russia

The History of Tea in Russia Tea consumption in Russia began in the first half of the 17th century. There are some documents that Russian tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov received several boxes of tea as a gift from Chinese ambassadors in 1618. Like in France, tea became popular in Russia first of all as a…