If you're looking for a perfect place to hang out, have some drinks, and get a breathtaking panorama of Moscow, be it a bird's-eye view or just some nice sights, forget about tourist packed observation decks and annoying tour guides who will rip you off. Just read our guide to the best rooftops to spend the same amount of money on a cup of coffee with impeccable service and the stunning view. Sound great, doesn’t it?
Perched up on the 22nd floor of the Academy of Sciences building is really cozy and inviting to stay for hours with your morning coffee or night wine. The menu is European meeting Mediterranean and well-crafted original dishes. The view is stunning – gaze over the entire Moscow and admire the iconic seven sisters skyscrapers spreading out into the distance. If you prefer it outside, they have a veranda.
City Space Bar & Lounge
This flying saucer landed right on the 34th floor of Swissotel Krasnye Holmy hotel. It is one of the highest panoramic bars in Moscow, so you can see your house or the Moscow river out of the window. Almost all tables are with the view, even those which are not by the window. It is the only East European bar that made it to the Drink International Top 50 so cocktails are another reason to come here.
The Conservatory Lounge & Bar on the 10th floor of Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow offers splendid views over Red Square and the Kremlin. The menu is a sophisticated blend of European, Japanese and Armenian cuisine and also has great drinks. The place is perfect for an ideal romantic night-out, a relaxed meeting with close friends or just a solitary cup of coffee with the view and the immaculate service.
Welcome to Europe’s highest-up restaurant and enjoy the view from the 62nd floor of the Federation Tower, one of the most extravagant skyscrapers in the world. The place is perfect for any event - be it a business lunch or a romantic dinner. And they also have a booth for smokers. However, high is not only the location but prices on the menu as well. And watch your outfit - they have dress code. But it’s all worth it.
Inspired by your favorite Astrid Lindgren’s story about Karlsson on the roof, Ginza's Karlson restaurant aptly located on the top floor of the City Central Tower business centre is an affordable way to enjoy the view and the fairy tale atmosphere. Surrounded by empty jam jars and suspenders-wearing waiters you will feel yourself a kid again. The view is also magical - the Kremlin, Zamoskvorechye old Moscow district and other famous sights.
White rabbit jumped on top of Smolensky Passage to delight its guests with the 360-degree views of central Moscow, great atmosphere, prize winning menu and a kid's zone. To get the best view reserve the second floor seating - glass walls and the roof will make one scream. Better book in advance.
O2 Lounge might be the most celeb visited rooftop restaurant and bar in Moscow as it's located atop The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Presenting unrivalled views over Red Square and the Kremlin it offers great service and gourmet cuisine. Even if you are not a Hollywood star or a famous singer you will be treated your cup of coffee with the same respect.
A new restaurant of Alexander Rappoport was opened in Moscow's central Hotel National. The idea was to make it another Russian cuisine hotspot like Café Pushkin, but more affordable. The menu is rather traditional (starters, soups, second courses) and has special sections with julienne, herring, cutlets and dumplings. And their goose with whortleberry is a must try. As for drinks, they have a wide range of vodka and distilled liqueurs – try them to feel the Russian spirit though all alcohol here is really good. The interiors were inspired by abstract paintings of Malevich and Petrov-Vodkin and are all white and red. Maybe the only flaw of the place is its popularity which means tables are hard to book – give it at least two weeks to get something for New Year.
Coffemania on Nikitskaya St
Next to the Conservatorium there is one of the oldest cafes of the chain. Those who prefer coffee made according to old recipes will love the place. It feels great both indoors and on the outside terrace. Coffemania is popular among famous actors who meet here with journalists for interviews, among nearby office workers who come here for business lunches, and terrificly beautiful girls branching on Saturdays looking like scenes from Sex and the City.
Time Out Bar
The bar was opened in cooperation with Time Out London. It's situated on the 12th and 13th floor of a historical building, Peking Hotel, and the city-view is one of the best you may find. The interiors are created with a mix of preserved antique elements and modern design features. Alexandr Kan - one of the owners - is well known for his cocktails. That's why on the cocktail list you may find great classics like Negroni or some fresh ideas like Kalinka-malinka served in a samovar. The starters menu is not that long but rather rich: from classical burgers up to a bull-tale soup.
Started by chef William Lamberti and restaurateur Ilya Tyutenkov, Ugolyok is a restaurant in Bolshaya Nikitskaya street that became popular unexpectedly quickly even for Moscow – so book a table here well in advance. The place's highlights are antique blast furnaces which have a pleasant smell of smoke. Ugolyok also features concrete walls covered with real moss, wooden furniture as well as irregular glasses and cups. It also boasts an open kitchen and rich portions. The menu is regularly updated, but the Black Caesar salad and Chile Sea Bass have already become the place's favourites.
You will enjoy your time at Ugolyok at any time of the day but we still recommend coming here at night when it has a very special vibe - every other man and his dog has compared the spot to a NYC bar. If you want to take the evening to the next level, go upstairs and check out a party at Bobo bar and enjoy your fav cocktail.