A guide to local favorites in Patriarch’s Ponds
- By Andrei Muchnik
- Photos by Nanna Heitmann
Patriarch’s Ponds, or simply “Patriki,” as locals prefer to call it, is one of the city’s most happening neighborhoods, as well as one of the priciest. Patriki’s residents are well-off Russians and expats from all over the world; the neighborhood now has the highest concentration of restaurants opened during the recent “gastronomic revolution.” Walk around the pond and explore the Patriki’s narrow lanes, admire the architecture, then stop for a meal or drink (or both!) in one of this neighborhood’s iconic businesses.
Meet Andrei Muchnik
Born and raised in Voronezh, Russia, Andrei moved to Moscow after graduating from university. He writes on culture for Lonely Planet, the Moscow Times and several Russian-language publications. An avid theatergoer, Andrei tries not to miss all the major premieres in between biking around central Moscow and exploring the local craft beer scene.
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