Laflafel in Moscow

Laflafel Malyy Kazennyy per., 16, 11 am – 11 pm Budget: 600+ Rubles Laflafel has recently made its full entrance onto Moscow’s restaurant scene, serving up Middle and Far Eastern dishes with Russian dishes interspersed...

Velobike Rental System in Moscow

Moscow’s Velobike Rental System 500 Locations Across Moscow 160 Rubles + At first glance, Moscow does not seem like it would be the most cycling-friendly city. Considering the current reconstruction projects dominating much of the...

Kolomenskoye Park in Moscow

Kolomenskoye Park Andropova Ave, 39 Daily 08:00-21:00 (May 1st to September 31st 07:00-24:00) Free (~$5 for drinks and ice cream) Kolomenskoye Park is definitely one of Moscow’s must-see attractions. Open year round, this former royal...

The Moscow Book Festival

The Moscow Book Festival Red Square, Moscow Friday to Monday, Annually during the first weekend in June 10:00am – 11:00pm Free Entrance Budget maybe ~$5 for food and ~$5-25 for books The Moscow Book Festival...

Literary History on the Trans-Siberian Railroad

This article originally appeared on SRAS.org in 2007. It is reproduced here, in updated format, as an excellent guide to using travel to bolster cultural understanding and professional insight.  It was written by Sarah Kapp,...

Preparing for and Coping with Culture Shock

Some of our students report not feeling culture shock at all. Some are surprised by how much culture shock they experience. Often, those most affected by culture shock are those who did not expect to...

Travel to Eastern Europe from Moscow

Note: This text, about a trip I took through Eastern Europe in 2006 is actually still surprisingly up-to-date. This is particularly true of the text’s main message – that actually visiting the places you’ve studied...

Recommended Theater Performances in Moscow

Russia is known for its theater and ballet. Take advantage and see all that you can while here. You can buy tickets at the theater or concert hall itself or from a reseller such as...

Work in and Concerning Russia

A Guide to Working as a Student and Getting a Job as a Graduate What are you going to do with that degree? We’ve designed this page to help you answer that question. Finding work abroad...

Volunteer Opportunities in Russia

Due to frequent student requests for such information, we have provided the following list of charities in Russia that generally accept volunteers and/or donations. Expenses, Legalities, and Logistics: Interested students should contact these organizations directly....

History of Vegetarianism in Russia

The following article originally appeared in Russian on Vegetarianskij.ru. It has been translated and adapted by SRAS for presentation here. History of Vegetarianism in Russia The official coming of vegetarianism to Russia was inaugurated with...

A History of Sayings and Expressions about Moscow

Russian has many sayings and expressions that revolve around Moscow and places within or near Moscow. The most famous for foreigners is probably “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears,” but there are many others such...

The Art of Daily Practice and Conversations

It’s a little bit surprising to look at the calendar and think that half of my first semester in Vladivostok is already gone. Seven weeks seem to have effortlessly drifted by in strict contention with...

Minorities Abroad: Additional Resources

This site isn’t the only resource for minority students studying in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe! Below is a collection of interesting and useful sites from around the web, featuring videos, interviews, and much more....

White Rabbit in Moscow

White Rabbit БЦ “Смоленский Пассаж”, Смоленская пл., 3, Москва Hours: 12:00 pm-2:00 am Prices: 900 rubles+ Whiterabbitmoscow.com For the not-so-wealthy student who is “cursed” with the love of exquisite food, the opportunity to dine at...

Rucola Italian Restaurant in Moscow

Руккола/Rucola Arbat St, 19, Moskva, 119002 Hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 am Prices: 450 rubles+ Rucola.com.ru As a huge fan of Italian food, I’ve been really excited about the ubiquitous presence of Italian cuisine in Moscow....

Vostochnyi Kvartal Cafe in Moscow

Восточный Квартал/Vostochnyi Kvartal г. Москва, ул. Арбат, 45/24 Hours: 12:00 pm-11:00 pm Prices:8+ vkvartal-arbat.ru Central Asian food seems to be all the rage in Moscow. These restaurants are often decorated with beautiful Central Asian designs...

Bento Wok in Moscow

Бенто Wok/Bento Wok  Адрес: Авиамоторная улица, 39 Hours: 10:00-23:00 Prices: $5+ Bentowok.ru Sushi is extremely popular in Moscow. You’ve probably noticed that everyday cafes offer a variety of sushi along with other dishes, whether Italian...

Nikolai Cafe in Moscow

Кафе Николай/Nikolai Cafe Старая Басманная, 5 Hours: 9:00 – 20:00 Prices: 175 rubles+ Nikolay.ee If you are studying at the Higher School of Economics through SRAS, there is a restaurant that you’ve probably missed on...

Tea 42 in Moscow

Cafe 42 ул. Красноказарменная, 23, Москва Hours: 9:00-23:00 Closed: Sunday Meals from 350 rubles+ Tea42cafe.ru 8 (919) 992-62-11 Tea 42 is located about 15 minutes walking distance from the Higher School of Economics dormitories at...

Roman Festival in Moscow

A Roman Festival in Moscow – “Times and Epochs” Kolomenskoye Park Metro Stop: Kolomenskaya (Dark green line, south) Free Entrance Attending a Roman festival is one of the last things I thought I would be...

Chainaya by Kolomskoye Park in Moscow

Чайная/Chainaya Andropova Ave., 39 Prices: 450 rubles+  Shashlyk is a simple meat dish that is made by literally putting meat to fire. However, the way it’s done here in most restaurants is usually attributed to...

Varenichnaya in Moscow

Вареничная №1 / Varenichnaya №1 Arbat St, 29 (and other locations) Hours- 10:00-0:00 Prices: 175 rubles+ Varenichnaya.ru At first, I wasn’t too keen on going to this cafe. The menu at Varenichnaya seemed similar to any...

OMG! Coffee in Moscow

OMG! Coffee ул. Старая Басманная, 6, стр. 3 M-F: 08:30 – 23:00 Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 23:00 Prices: 300 rubles + OMGcoffee.net I think I’ve found my go-to cafe for lunch near the Higher School of...

Florentini Cafe in Moscow

Florentini City Cafe ул. Старая Басманная 9/1, Москва, 105064 Hours: 12:00-23:00 Prices: 400 rubles + FlorentiniCafe.ru If you are studying at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and need a break from the food at...

The Moscow We’ve Lost

The following was originally written in Russian by the popular Russian blogger and photographer Zyalt. It can be seen in the original in his blog. It is presented here for the edification of English speakers...

Lefortovskii Rinok in Moscow

Лефортовский Pынок / Lefortovskii Rinok Ул. Авиамоторная, 39, Москва, 111024 Hours: 8:00-20:00 Although newer students might feel inclined to head to a familiar supermarket style store for groceries, I urge you to give the local рынок...

10 Ways to Enjoy Moscow’s Winter Parks

Russia is famous for miserably cold winters. This means that, in winter, Russians must stay at home being miserable, right? Not at all! For Russians, winters are part of their national heritage and there is...

Laundry at Moscow State University

Laundry at Moscow State University Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 22:00 Cost: 100 rubles/wash or dry, 250 rubles for drop-off service (1 load washed and dried) When you...