In summer, the restaurants in the parks become the main place of power of the metropolis, where you can not only eat after a long walk, but also play petanque, dance to a DJ set and watch an outdoor movie.
“Wedding of Jays”
The most beautiful and quiet part of VDNKh is the place where the park is connected to the Botanical Garden. There you can hide from the crowds of people walking in the main alleys, sit by the ponds, have a picnic in nature, see the farm and see the old kiosks. One of them – “Camel Breeding” – was ruined in 2015 and now the Georgian cafe “Wedding of Jays” by the creators of “Swan Lake”, 8 Oz and Canteen operates on the site of the former camel breeder. Although the establishment is very compact, its summer terrace is spacious and not at all narrow – after long walks it is pleasant to dine here with the well-known classics of Georgian cuisine, listening to the birds singing and enjoying the sunsets. On the clearing next to Soyki, there are periodic outdoor movie screenings and summer DJ sets, while the café itself has a separate event room.
“Tea of the forest”
The “Forest Tea Room” in Meshchersky Park has long been a place of its own – it is not so easy to find a tiny café on 600 hectares of forest. But since the bloggers took over the Tea Room, the charming place in the middle of the forest has become almost a place of pilgrimage. Now, on weekends, there is a queue for the giant samovar at human height and the terrace is full of people like Patrick. However, the game is worth the candle: rent a bike and stop at the Tea Room after a long walk to catch your breath, drink coffee and eat pancakes or hot dogs, sitting at a warm table among the trees. If you are close in the morning, come for breakfast – the breakfast menu with cheesecakes, fresh pastries, cereals and samovar tea is open every day until 12:00.
Malevich Park, near Barvikha and Nemchinovka, is a relatively new location. The place, inspired by the work of the Russian artist avant-garde, is not even two years old, but thanks to art objects and facilities, it has managed to become one of the most popular places for walks and photos for banned social networks. The food in Malevich Park is not bad either: for example, Arkady Novikov has already managed to open an elegant “Sportsmen” cafe on his territory with an understandable comfort food by chef Roman Parfiyanov. During the creation, they were, of course, inspired by the artist’s work – hence the name in honor of one of his famous paintings and the interior with bright furniture and images of geometric shapes on the walls. The menu includes pastrami sandwiches, chebureks, corn, Georgian donuts with cream, croissants, desserts in easy-to-use takeaway bowls and all-day breakfasts. In addition to food, “Sportsmen” offer to take chess, backgammon and dominoes with you to differentiate your outdoor gatherings with a relaxed game.
It would be strange if a cafe bearing the artist’s own name did not appear in the park, in honor of Russian supremacy (especially since Malevich regularly visited the local forest after 1917 – even an oak tree was preserved, near which the artist rested. and painted). At the eponymous family cafe decorated in the style of abstract avant-garde works, they tried to please everyone and make a menu based on the best traditions of different cuisines of the world: pizzas side by side with roasted chicken in coconut and Thai soup – with marmaro mo and surfboard and turf (all seats, by the way, can be prepared to go). the steakhouse.
The famous “Veranda 32.05” is the main attraction of the Hermitage Garden and its surroundings. Despite the fact that the complex can not boast of particularly tasty food and the service is lame every now and then, the happy atmosphere saves everything – thanks to this “32.05” there is no end to visitors for many years. Coffee lovers make tables on the terrace, occupy picturesque sun loungers on the glade or spread blankets on the grass and have a picnic with packed dishes. When night falls, the terrace, which has been renovated this year, is lit with colored lights and hosts regular parties and themed dinners – recently chef Vlad Rybkin cooked pasta with octopus and shrimp and hot dogs with crab.
You can not call it Sokolniki Gourmet Park – it is dominated by the usual fast food, donuts and ice cream, so, having whetted the appetite, there is a risk to choose boiled corn with plenty of salt. The family cafe “Siren” with universal homemade food, which has been operating in the park since 1956, is the salvation of the hungry. The open kitchen prepares traditional Russian dishes, pizza and the popular Panasia. On the grill, they make a variety of kebabs (there are even hearts), fish and vegetables, while for younger guests they will offer a children’s menu and a games room, which is discreetly removed from the main hall of the restaurant. In the cozy lilac room you can hide from the rain by choosing a table near the panoramic windows overlooking the park and Alley Pesochnaya, and on a sunny day you can sit on the terrace in the shade of the trees.
Cafe La boule was once a place of worship in Gorky Park – a snack bar with petanque fields worked for 8 years in the area between the summer cinema and Golitsynsky Lake, organizing concerts, free French lessons, master classes and hot parties. After La boule sank into oblivion due to difficulties with the owner, a new Cochonnet facility was opened in its place, which inherited all 11 petanques. The form remained the same: a French dinner with a playground, DJ sets, light snacks and an almost resort-like atmosphere in the city. The menu matches the concept: pies, sandwiches, hummus, poke and sweet pastries, accompanied by lemonades, beer and cocktails based on cider. You can come to Cochonnet with your four-legged friend – while the pet is feasting in nature, you will have time to take a petanque lesson and sip strawberry to the beat of the music.
The Garage Cafe on the ground floor of the museum of the same name in Gorky Park is known to all lovers of contemporary art – it is nice to go there any time of the year after visiting a new fashion show and in summer you can have breakfast all day on the green terrace. Chef Aleksey Bagreev has been the head of the Garage Café for many years and knows the tastes of regular guests, including Roman Abramovich, so the menu, in addition to simple and understandable Mediterranean-accented seats, has many keto dishes. oligarch refused carbohydrates). Thus, one of the most popular keto places is the vegetable soup in dashi broth with salmon cubes and wakame seaweed. The keto trend has entered the Garage dessert menu, which is the responsibility of the famous Moscow pastry chef Elena Nabiullina: for example, among 11 sweets you can find keto eskimo with salted caramel and milk chocolate. In addition to the bohemian, dog-friendly terrace in the shade of the trees, the Garage also has a museum roof at its disposal. If earlier only Garage Reward Card holders had access to the rooftop café, now the booth overlooking the city’s best sunsets is open to all – there is a special menu with snacks, seasonal options and desserts, including homemade sorbets.
The restaurant “Syrovarnya”, located right at the entrance to the central park of the capital, is easily recognizable by its spacious terrace with wicker furniture, which literally takes you to the atmosphere of a holiday vacation. Here it is easy to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city by choosing a table under the green tree canopy overlooking the lake. In the work of Genrikh Karpin and Arkady Novikov, as the name suggests, it is worth trying soft varieties of cheese of their own production and even watching the cooking process – the restaurant has its own cheese dairy. At the beginning of the summer, new seasonal dishes by chef Dmitry Gerastshenko appeared on the menu: there is also okroshka, which is made with kefir and kvass (570 rubles) and gazpacho with stratsiatella (590 rubles) and a large green salad (avo 750 rubles) and perch with broccoli (970 rubles). By the way, the portions at the Dairy are generous, as many dishes are designed for the whole family. It is also convenient to drive to the park with your loved ones, leaving the car in the park’s 24-hour car park, which is just 100 meters from the restaurant.
If there is a great variety of food in Gorky Park, then in the neighboring Muzeon everything is rather boring with gastrointestinal ideas. The most pleasing to the eye (and stomach) is the street food from Tel Aviv, Yasha, who owned a house at the park exit three and a half years ago (the second, most culinary point of this mini network, works at the Ryabovskaya factory). Overlooking the Moscow River, Katya Plotnikova’s (Gastropub Alma) serves what we expected from Israeli cuisine: all kinds of pies, hummus, tabouleh salad, falafel and minced meat. Uliana Demina, who previously worked in the Four Seasons with Michelin-starred chef David Emmerle and was a sushi chef at Saxon + Parole, is in charge of experimenting with Middle Eastern street food at the Muzeon.
In Zaryadye Park, those who want to eat have 2 options (both provided by the restaurant Rappoport): the eponymous gastronomic center, which attracts crowds of people every day thanks to the price of 300 rubles. for any dish on the menu, and Voskhod is a tribute to the Soviet gastronomic heritage. Thanks to the efforts of chef Maxim Tarusin, the restaurant menu combined the cuisines of the peoples of the former Soviet Union: on the same page coexist borscht Poltava, Estonian fish soup, Uzbekistan tsutkhvara and roe deer dumplings. By the way, on one of his visits to Moscow, Voskhod was even appreciated by the perfumer Frederic Mal – the genius of the perfumes was impressed by the space theme inside and the nostalgic gastronomic idea of the place. In fine weather, it is worth booking a table on the summer terrace, so that after walking in Zaryadye, you can have a few cocktails from the Alcoplanetarium overlooking the Kremlin and think about the fate of your homeland.
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