City Space Bar
City Space Bar, 34th floor, The Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy, Building 6, 52 Kosmodamianskaya nab., Moscow 115054. +7 495 221 5357. +7 495 787 9800 On an island on the Moskva River two miles from the Kremlin. has a spectacular rooftop bar and it floats over Moscow like a spaceship, offering astounding views through its sloping glass sides. Magnificent view: Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, old Moscow Bulvarnoe Koltso. Open Mon to Sun 5pm-3am. email
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Sky Lounge, 22nd floor, Russian Academy of Sciences, 32a Leninsky Prospect., Moscow. +7 495 781 5775. Breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Summer rooftop terrace.
Buona, Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow, 2/1 Building 1, Kutuzovsky Prospect, Moscow 121248. +7 495 229 8308 The lovely terrace features a glass roof that lets natural light flow into the dining area. 12 noon till last customer.
Sixty, 62nd floor, The Federation Tower, 12 Presnenskaya Emb., Moscow. The main attraction of this place is the breathtaking panoramas of Moscow.
White Rabbit, 16th floor, Smolensky Passage Center, 3 Smolenskaya Sq., Moscow 121099. +7 495 663 3999
Panorama Restaurant, 23rd floor, Golden Ring Hotel, 5 Smolenskaya St, Moscow 121099. +7 495 725 0214. Splendid view on the city. Open: 6pm-12 midnight. Metro: Smolenskaya.
Karlson, Central City Tower, 20/1 Ovchinnikovskaya Emb., Moscow. +7 495 280 0428 12 noon-12 midnight.
O2 Lounge, Ritz Carlton Hotel, 3 Tverskaya St, Moscow, Russia. +7 495 642 7072. Sushi restaurant and weekend DJs in a rooftop beach club. Dazzling view of the Kremlin lit up. Serves excellent Russian and Georgian cuisine too. Jeroboam offers fine dining created by the famous chef Heinz Winkler. Open daily from 12 noon. Upmarket.
Balchug Restaurant, Kempinski Hotel, 1 Balchug St, Moscow 115035. +7 495 230 6500. The Restaurant Baltschug and Restaurant Shogun enjoy magnificent views of St Basil's Cathedral (from the first floor). Mon to Fri 7am-10am. Sat & Sun 7am-11am. Daily 12.30pm-2.30pm. 6pm-11pm.
Vanil', 1 Ostozhenka St, Moscow, Russia 119034. +7 495 637 1082 Enjoy the view of old Moscow. You can see the best panorama of the city in the summer from the spacious and bright terrace. When it is cold outside you may also dine in front of floor to ceiling windows with views over the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Gogolevsky Boulevard, and the Moskva river. The best tables are by the window on the upper level. Open: 12 noon-12 midnight. Subway station: Kropotkinskaya.
Seventh Heaven Revolving Restaurant, Ostankino Tower, ul. Koroleva, Ostankino, Moscow. Metro: VDNKh. Temp closed.
Kalina Bar, top floor, 8 Novinsky Blvd, Lotte Plaza Trade Centre, Moscow. Lotte Plaza trade centre. Panoramic city view and cocktails. Fashionable. Map
Conservatory Lounge & Bar Terrace, 10th floor, Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow, 4 Neglinnaya St, Moscow 109012. +7 749 5783 1234. Come here for some of the best views of Moscow-the Kremlin and the Bolshoi are a stone's throw away-and rub shoulders with some of the city's movers and shakers. Arrive early to bag a table on the outdoor terrace for an evening of vodka cocktails under the stars (there's indoor space too, with a glass wall when the weather turns). Mon to Fri Drinks 10am-2am. Food 12 noon-1am. Sat and Sun Drinks 12 noon-2am. Food 12 noon-1am. email . Map
Vibe, 10th floor, Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow, 4 Ulitsa Neglinnaya, Moscow 109012. +7 495 783 1234 Best in summer when the terrace is open and on weekends for a light meal.
Vinoteca Dissident, 5th floor, Nautilus Trade center, 25 ul Nikolskaya, Metro Lubyanka, Moscow. +7 495 500 2767. Russia Nautilus Trade Center, Lubyanka square. Cozy terrace, good, although expensive food. The panoramic view is over Lubianka Square and the KGB building. Live piano music from 7pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Open 11am until 12 midnight.
Cafe Loft, 6th Floor, 25 Nikolskaya St, Nautilus Trade Center, Moscow 109012. +7 495 933 7714 Italian. The more expensive Dissident immediately downstairs.
Varvary Sky Bar, 8th floor, 8a Strastnoi Bulvar, Moscow. +7 495 229 2800 Off the affluent Tverskoy Boulevard and on the top floor of the building with unique views over central Moscow. They have a spacious terrace for alfresco dining as it gets warm enough in Moscow. Expensive.
Aist (The Stork) Rooftop Terrace, 8/1 Bronnaya St, Moscow. Summer terrace on the roof of the mansion. Metro: Pushkin. Chic and expensive. Mon to Fri 9am-final guest. Sat & Sun 10am-final guest. email
Isola Pinocchio, 27th floor, 23a Nab. Tarasa Shevchenko, (22/24 Kutuzovsky Pr.), Moscow. +7 495 545 0171
Red Bar, 27th floor, 22/24 Kutuzovsky Pr., Moscow. +7 495 730 0808 A panorama bar on the 27th floor of the Tower 2000 high-rise building; you will be taken there by a separate lift. The veiws over Moscow are incredible. Daily, 6pm-3am.
Schastye, 5 Putinkovskiy B. Lane, Moscow. +7 495 699 5444 Lovely rooftop veranda.
Bosco Bar, 1st floor, 3 Krasnaya Sq, Moscow, Russia 109012 . +7 495 620 3182 Next to the upmarket GUM department store in the heart of Red Square. Expensive but worth it with an excellent view of the iconic Saint Basil's Cathedral. You can't beat this view of Red Square.
Caffe Fresco, 8 Ulitsa 1-ya Frunzenskaya, Moscow 119146. +7 499 242 0562. 12 noon-11pm. In summer, there is a pleasant rooftop terrace. MAP
Prince Bagration, 58 Plyushchikha, Moscow. +7 495 933 7171 Overlooks the new South Korean Embassy building on Plyushchikha across from the Frunze Military Academy and not far from the Novodivichy Monastery.
Face Club, 2 Kiyevskogo Vokzala Sq., (Shopping Center "Evropeyskiy"), Moscow 121059. The roof-view on the city is beautiful.
, 3-4 Marsh Quay, Block 2, Moscow. +7 669 86 93 Mon to Wed 12 noon-1am. Thurs 12 noon-6am. Fri & Sat 12 noon-8am. Sun 12 noon-6am. One of Gipsy's most popular nights is 'rooftop Sunday', where clubbers can dance out under the stars, overlooking the city.
Krysha Mira, Tarasa Shevchenko Emb, House 2/4, (Behind Hotel "Ukraina"), Moscow 121248. +7 495 979 56 92 Fantastic view to Moscow City and the Moskva river.
Nostalgie “Shateur” café, 12a Chistoprudnyi Bulvar, Moscow. This place is on the ground floor situated on the boulevard facing a small lake. It offers a gondola ride. DWAV
Starlight-1, 16 Big Sadovaya street, This is a ground floor diner. But it is hidden in the Aquarium garden right next to Mayakovskaya square, so if you visit this place for lunch, you will be sitting in the shade of the trees, listening to birds singing and fountain babbling, with crazy Moscow traffic safely moved away by over a hundred meters. DWAV
Mansarda Restaurant, 6th floor, 3-5 Pochtamtskaya Ul., St Petersburg, Russia. +7 812 946 4303. Top floor of the swanky Quattro Corti business center. Mansarda has a good view of St Isaac's cathedral.
Terrassa Bar, 3 Kazanskaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, Russia. +7 812 337 6837. At the top of the glass building this rooftop restaurant offers views out onto Nevsky Prospekt and an astonishing close-up of the golden dome of the Kazanskiy Cathedral. Views also stretching down Nevsky Prospekt and over to St. Isaac's Cathedral. American, French, Italian, Georgian and Asian cuisines. Expensive. Daily 10am to 12am. Thursday to Saturday to 1am.
6th Floor Summer Terrace, Marriott Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel, 4 Pochtamtskaya St, St Petersburg, 190000 Russian Federation. +7 812 380 4000. Open terrace overlooking St. Isaac's Cathedral with great views of Saint Petersburg. Dinner. Reservations required.
Seven sky bar, 6th floor, Grand Palace Boutique Gallery, 15 Italianskaya ul., St Petersburg. +7 812 449 94 32. Located in the historic part of the city SEVENSKYBAR offers magnificent, panoramic, floor-to-ceiling views of the Russian Museum, Temple on the Spilt Blood, and Mikhailovsky Palace. Sun to Thurs 12 noon–1am. Fri & Sat 12 noon–3am. email
Sky Bar, Petro Palace Hotel, 14 Malaya Morskaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg, 190000 Russia. +7 812 571 3006. 5pm-11pm. email
Bellevue Brasserie, Kempinski Hotel Moika, 22 Moika River Embankment, St. Petersburg 191186. +7 812 335 9111 Panoramic 360-degree view of the city. Daily 12 noon-5pm. 5pm-1am. Bar 12 noon-1am. http://ginza.ru/spb/event/20893
Penthouse Restaurant, 15th floor, Palace Hotel, 62 Pervomayskaya St, Syktyvkar, Komi, Russia 167000. From Railway Station bus 5, 15, 17 or 46. ECLER coffee shop on the 13th floor serves buffet breakfast daily.
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