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Nashestvie is a celebration of rock music drawing in crowds of over 200,000, organised by Russian radio station 'Nashe' since 1999. Performers are not paid and use the event as their own promotion, making it a festival dedicated largely to Russian music acts and an extravagant cultural experience.
Budding scientists will find no end of enjoyment at Moscow's Museum of Human Living Systems, dedicated to understanding the bodies of humans and animals. Despite being skewed towards children it offers fun and learning for all ages, a good way to lighten the mood after visiting the nearby Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre.
Though the 'cabbage roll' English translation of Golubtry does not sound overly exciting, this dish is a mouth-watering feature of Russian cuisine. Topped with a rich tomato sauce and filled with satisfying millet and meat, it's best consumed at Korchma Taras Bulba referred to as the first tavern in Moscow.
A chilled raw vegetable soup ladled up daily during the summer months, this Russian favourite often features cucumber, onions, eggs and meats. Garnished with sour cream and made with the rye brew of kvass, consume it in the quirky setting of Lepim i Varim found in a spearmint building on Stoleshnikov.
Best eaten at– Okroshka - Lepim i Varim, Stoleshnikov Ln., 9/1
Best eaten at - Stolovaya No 57, Inside GUM (3rd floor)
A distinctly sour soup stained a deep crimson by beetroot, borscht is a quintessential dish filled with family heritage. Flavoured by beef broth, butter, and lemon and completed with sour cream, enjoy it in the antique Cafe Pushkin along with blinchiki pancakes with black caviar.
Best eaten at – Tverskoi Blvd., 26A