Moscow’s 5 most popular street food markets


The savvy luxury traveler knows: luxury isn’t always exclusively defined by price. Sometimes luxury is in the selection that you get to choose from. That is why in Moscow, you should not focus only on glitzy high-end restaurants. The city offers a wide range of brand-new food courts and street food markets that will delight even those with a discerning palate while giving your credit cards a well-deserved break. Here are Moscow’s best choices to eat delicious street food.

Central Market (Centralniy Rynok)

The central market on Trubnaya metro station opened as far back as 1840 and became the city’s main food market in the 1960s. Like so many of Moscow’s food courts, it underwent a major rehaul and was reopened in 2017. Nowadays, it’s divided into two zones. On the lower level, you can buy fresh foodstuff while on the ground floor, there are no less than 40 options of street food to choose from. I recommend not missing out on the Belgian waffles that are right at the market’s entrance.

Central Market

Danilovsky Market (Danilosvkiy Rynok)

This market on Tulskaya metro station was as well reopened in 2017 and follows a similar conception: fresh food and street food in one place combined. There are a couple of excellent choices that you should not miss when visiting this one: café Bo serves delicious and authentic Vietnamese food at minuscule prices. The Dagestani stand at the market will let you try specialties from the Russian Caucasus.

Danilovskiy Market

Streat

Unless you’re looking to buy furniture in the megastore above, you might not make your way out of the center to Avtozavodskaya metro station to visit this food court. That would be a shame though because where else are you able to try burgers with Coke syrup like in “Cola Burgers”? If that’s a bit out there for you, go with the Crimean shrimps and seafood or another one of the 38 selections from all around the world to choose from.

Streat

Vokrug Sveta (Around the World)

If you prefer to stay a bit more central, you should stop by Vokrug Sveta on Nikolskaya Street just off the Red Square. You will not only find more than two dozen food stands to choose from (my personal recommendation: the Neapolitan pizza) but also a very lively atmosphere with live concerts and upbeat music on the weekends. For those that don’t want to go to a night club but would like to have a drink in a relaxed atmosphere, this is for you.

Arount the world

Depo Moscow

Located on Belorusskaya metro station, this is Moscow’s biggest and most recent addition to the food court scene. There are no less than a mind-boggling 75 stands to choose from so forgive me for not having been able to pick the best one yet! This is also the by far liveliest food market, which resembles a relaxed nightclub on weekends. Everyone that’s trendy and hip in Moscow has been here at least once so make sure you don’t miss it.

Depo

Ivan Crnogatic is the Author of Moscownightguide. Moscownightguide is an expert guide to Moscow’s high-end and nightlife scene.

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Comments (5)

  1. Ted says:

    There is no better way to get to know a city than to wander around its markets. It is fascinating to see what the people are buying and also what they are not buying. You can often gauge change by what is on special offer.

  2. Jez says:

    Browsing street food markets is one of my favourite hobbies. I always do a sneaky bit of market research to see what people are eating and what the favourites are. Though there’s a balance to the art of street food snooping. You want a stall with a steady turn over so that the food is fresh but then again you don’t want to have to queue for too long, especially if you are hungry.

  3. Jean Hall says:

    I don’t want to sound stingy but I’d choose “Around the world.” I like the idea of free music. Local talent, playing music for the people, is always a winner. Gives a place such a lift and genuine feel.

  4. Melissa Johnson says:

    I’m not surprised you can’t pick a favourite at Depo Moscow. Visitors are definitely spoilt for choice. I love the diversity of not only the foods but the layout of the places, whether you want something hip, communal, contemporary or more relaxed.

  5. G. McDaniel says:

    First of all, these markets are aesthetically pleasing and there is a wide range of goods that people can choose from. Tourists will surely enjoy their visit here especially if they are looking for a taste of local delicacies that will complete their experience. I really want to go to Moscow just to visit these food markets and try lots of streetfoods such as Blini, Borscht, and Coulibiac. Whenever I visit a country, I always make sure that I eat in restaurants serving authentic local dish. I know that many countries have establish places like these where tourists can try as many streetfood as they can and buy stuff that they can bring home from their trip.

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