The apex of cool is the Red October complex, a former chocolate factory that houses the painfully hip Strelka Bar.
Due to incredibly high import taxes, shopping in Moscow is not for the faint of heart – or the light of wallet.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Tretyakov Gallery showcase priceless art from around the globe; Van Gogh and Rembrandt mingle with Shishkin and Repin in their halls. Visit perennial expat favourites Propaganda and Che, or the delightfully raucous Dorogaya Ya Perezvonyu (“Darling, I'll Call You Back”).
Tip: Every May, the city arranges a Museum Night, when all museums offer free admission. For a more relaxed evening, you can enjoy a drink in the rooftop bars Skylounge or Sixty, which offer unparalleled views of Moscow from above.
Also in this area are splendid aristocratic mansions, such as the Palace of the Romanov Boyars, dating from the 16th century.
Afterwards, it's worth strolling down Moscow's main commercial arteries – Tverskaya and Arbat Street –to get a feel for the city's true hustle and bustle.
Most of these are 15 to 20 minutes from the centre, but close to metro stations and within easy walking distance of dining and shopping opportunities.
Moscow's food scene has evolved considerably in the last few years thanks to a greater foreign influence and the huge influx of high-quality cuisine from the former Soviet republics.
Russian culture is extremely family-friendly, and Moscow is the perfect place for adults and children to explore together.
From well-tended parks to hands-on museums, the city is sure to delight visitors of all ages.
Standing in the middle of this vast space affords you an iconic view of the colourful onion domes of Saint Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and the imposing red walls of the Kremlin.
GUM (Main Universal Store), an elegant shopping mall with a curved glass roof, is also a feature of Red Square.
Some of Moscow's trendiest restaurants and cafés are located in Patriarch's Pond, a residential area northwest of Red Square.