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.
Tip: Children under seven are not required to pay for tickets on public transport.
The area around Metro Barrikadnaya is the starting point for a family adventure.
For the more culturally minded, Russia draws upon thousands of years of unique heritage to present some of the world's best ballet troupes and museums, plus year-round music.
For a taste of how Moscow's elite lives, head to GUM and Ts UM.
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.
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.