Restaurants with a view

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Housed in the Hotel Pekin (Beijing), on floors 12 and 13, the spacious Timeout Rooftop Bar has a peculiar circular bar smack in its middle. The windows, spanning almost all the way to the tall ceiling, offer one of the best views of the city. Local barmen will make sure you have the time of your life here, thanks to the classic of the Russian mixology Alexander Kahn. Samovar Kalinka Malinka is one of the better known inventions of his, a tongue-in-cheek play on the Russian stereotypes.

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The Mercedes Bar menu is full of burgers, steaks and Japanese cuisine, but the real stars are the cocktails. Many are called after the Mercedes line-up, such as the berry sorbet and bourbon SLK.

The bar menu is not only excessively long, but it is regularly updated as well. Make sure to visit it from time to time to experience its seasonal mixes.

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The restaurant has the perfect view of the Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills), the Moscow State University campus and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. It is located in the Presidium building of the Russian Academy of Sciences, colloquially called the "Golden Brains" of Russia due to the peculiar construction of the highrise's roof. It is cozy, albeit not too spacious. It is important to note that not all tables are located beside the window, so book ahead to guarantee the best view.

The restaurant is particularly good in summer, when the terrace is open.

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Panoramic windows from floor to ceiling is the main attraction of Krysha Bar (translated simply as Roof Bar). In summer it is best to visit the bar's open terrace. Rustic wooden tables have pots with live strawberries, which can actually be harvested and eaten right there.

Despite having the word "bar" in its name, this is a fully-fledged restaurant, with a very Russian menu. However, there is some variety, especially in the drinks department – from Mint Julep to Pumpkin Tequila. The restaurant also offers kid's menu.

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Bushy potted trees, a view of the Moscow Kremlin, Zamoskvorechye District and the Kotelnicheskaya Building (one of Moscow's famous Seven Sisters), spacious tables and a lot of light thanks to the glass roof. All this makes the restaurant one of the best choices for eating out in summer.

The cuisine is exquisite, thanks to the charismatic Italian chef Carlo Grecu. Naturally, his specialty is all things Italian. Do not think he is limited to domestic cuisine, either, as the selection has a lot of other kinds of cuisine, including Russian.

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The Conservatory is best visited in summer, and, of course, the terrace is the place to be. You can witness the best the downtown has to offer: the Moscow Kremlin, GUM Department Store, Bolshoi Theatre, and small lanes near Ulitsa Mokhovaya (Mokhovaya Street). The cuisine is quite varied – world fusion, European and Asian staples and some of the lesser known kinds of cuisine. The cognac-based cocktails are a must try.

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It is no secret that best panoramic bars are often found at the top of downtown hotels. City Space is not an exception. Located at the 32nd floor of the Swissotel Krasnye Kholmy, it has a breathtaking view of Moscow.

City Space is regularly featured in world's best bar ratings, so it is a good idea to discover yourself what the fuss is all about. For example, try the molecular strawberry cheesecake with cheese foam, Transsiberian Express with buckthorn jam and vodka, or Lady-Killer with tabasko and rose.

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One of the most breathtaking views of Red Square is right here, at Bosco Café. Located in GUM, its huge panoramic windows provide the view of the Mausoleum and the Saint Basil's Cathedral. You can just grab a coffee here, but we suggest you complement it with a roast beef bruschetta, almond semifreddo with berry sauce or a tartelette and pastry assortment.

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The roof of the Ritz-Carlton has the perfect view of Red Square. Thus the café is one of the must-see selfie locations for both locals and foreigners, including international movie stars who stay in this hotel while on promotional tours.

Barmen here make a mean pisco sour, but if you are looking for the classics, they are great here as well.

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Kalina Bar is probably the most fun of all Moscow's major roof bars. Instead of official dinners, it is better suited for evening entertainment. Karaoke, pop concerts and dancing is the name of the game here. The view adds to the atmosphere – night lights of Ulitsa Arbat (Arbat Street), skyscrapers, endless chains of cars down below and regular fireworks, which the bar owners fire off celebrating various holidays.

The menu is everything a party-goer needs, but the specialty is the Kalina Martini – we will let you discover that one yourself.

The name of the restaurant is translated as "River", and for a reason. The view offers a majestic river view, along with the Moscow "golden mile" – new districts of Ostozhenka and Prechistenka, which would not look out of place somewhere like Paris.

The restaurant interior, just as the menu, is top class. The chef here is Michel Lombardi, who worked in Hollywood catering and is used to preparing meals for the most demanding customer.