Areas and suburbs in Moscow
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The different areas and suburbs of Moscow are distinguished according to their relative location to the major ring roads. There is no grid-like pattern of streets in the Russian capital, but rather a centre-point, the Kremlin, and a series of boulevards that encircle it. All areas between the Kremlin and the Garden Ring Road are deemed to be in ‘the centre’ of Moscow, and accommodation prices in these areas tend to be higher than anywhere else.
Central areas in Moscow
Patriarshiye Ponds is a calm and quiet residential neighbourhood close to the centre of Moscow that is expensive but popular with both expats and locals. It is conveniently located close to metro stations and offers direct access to the main city traffic routes. A beautiful city park with a pond is the central focal point, and plenty of restaurants, theatres, embassies and museums are in the vicinity.
Arbat is centrally located and is widely considered to be the most attractive and architecturally beautiful area of Moscow. The area is located next to the golden dome of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral and is dotted with Art Nouveau-style buildings and trendy modern residences. This is a premium area for expat executives and is consequently very expensive.
The most central and lively of Moscow’s expat residential areas, Tverskaya Street connects the Red Square and the Kremlin to the far north of the city. This area is convenient as it’s close to all transport routes and attractions, but it can get noisy. Some of its side streets, such as Kamergersky Lane, boast beautiful housing in quieter, more charming areas.
Tretyakov Gallery Area
The Tretyakov Gallery Area is an area known for its central location and attractive two- and three-storey buildings. The main roads of Pyatnitskaya and Ordynka are busy, but the quieter offshoots are more congenial. The area has a lively nightlife with plenty of cafés, cinemas and boutique bars and coffee shops.
Outer areas of Moscow
The areas mentioned above are located within Moscow’s Garden Ring, the main traffic artery. Beyond this ring are some very worthwhile expat living areas, especially for families who need additional space.
The Frunzenskaya embankment has lots of greenery and a park-like feel to it. The area is hemmed in by the Moscow River and overlooks Gorky Park. It is most popular with families with children, but apartments in the area tend to be small and are expensive.
Leningradsky Prospekt is a busy avenue that runs up from Tverskaya Street. Parts of it have long been associated with artists and bohemians. The ‘Artist’s Village’ still exists, and is a popular choice for expats who prefer a quirky, eccentric neighbourhood feel. The only drawback is the relatively long commute to the city centre during rush hour.
Situated just outside the Garden Ring in the northwest of the city, Barrikadnaya is good value and has become home to many affluent expats. The Moscow Zoo and the American Embassy Compound are also located here, and access to public transport is nearby.
Positioned to the east of the Garden Ring, this old Moscow area was originally encircled by monasteries. Today the area is home to many businesses and a lively nightlife district. There is good value accommodation to be found here, but it can be noisy in the evenings.