While the neighborhood’s name is plural, the main attraction is a single pond. There’s been only one for the past couple centuries, but it’s believed that at one point, there may have been as many as three. The pond is where the devil first appears in “The Master and Margarita,” Mikhail Bulgakov’s famous novel, referenced by a sign saying “Don’t talk to strangers."
7 Bolshoy Patriarshiy Pereulok, Bldg. 1, Moscow 123001, Russia
Looking toward the Garden Ring, you can’t miss this building, the only high-rise in the neighborhood. One of the first “elite” residences of 1990s Moscow, Patriarch’s main attraction is the model of Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, also known as Tatlin’s Tower, a futuristic skyscraper in the shape of a twin helix that was never actually built. Models of Tatlin’s Tower can also be found at the New Tretyakov Gallery and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
44 Malaya Bronnaya, Moscow 123001, Russia
In the summer you can spot Uilliam’s by the crowd that stands in front, smoking and sipping their drinks. Good for a quick snack and a glass of prosecco, or for a full dinner, Uilliam’s is one of the pioneers of Moscow’s “foodie revolution” and still the most popular business in Patriarch’s Ponds.
20A Ulitsa Malaya Bronnaya, Moscow 123104, Russia
Levenson Printing House
This turn-of-the-20th-century house is probably one of the best restored buildings designed by Fyodor Shekhtel, Moscow’s most prolific art nouveau architect.
9 Malyy Kozikhinskiy Pereulok, Bldg. 7, Moscow 123001, Russia
Pinch is a gastronomic bistro, perfect for some starters and artisanal cocktails, from Italian chef Luigi Magni. You can also mix your own gin-and-tonic by choosing from a wide selection of ingredients.
Pinch, Bol’shoy Palashevskiy Pereulok, 2, Moscow, Russia, 123104
Moscow Museum of Modern Art’s Education Center
This used to be one of the main branches of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, but it was recently turned into an education wing. It still holds exhibitions, though, and has a well-stocked art library, all with free admission and a little cafe on the first floor with great breakfast and lunch options.
17 Ermolaevsky Lane, Moscow 123001, Russia