Moscow: old and new.

Post-Perestroika Muscovites embraced capitalism with a vengeance and the city now offers, not only iconic buildings and historic sites, but also a vibrant, exciting nightlife, and plenty of places where artsy types hang out, reports the New York Times.

Many of the most famous landmarks in Moscow are around the Red Square. The Kremlin is a vast complex comprised of a group of cathedrals and palaces, and there is a superb exhibition of weapons and jewels at the Armoury. One of the best views of the Kremlin is to be had if you Walk across the Patriarchs Bridge, a new footbridge which links the gold-domed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, built in the 1990s as a replica of the original demolished under Stalin, to an island across from the Kremlin, home to Krasny Oktyabr, a red-brick chocolate factory from the 19th century.

The chocolate factory has now been converted into a fashionable cultural complex with galleries, lecture halls and cafes. Visit the Lumiere Brothers Centre of Photography (3 Bolotnaya Naberezhnaya, building 1), and snack at Blogistan, a new subterranean cafe sporting local artwork (6 Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, building 3). Or get a glimpse of the city’s glitterati at Art Strelka (14 Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, building 5), a trendy new bar and restaurant where dinner won’t break the bank. It’s a good place to start your evening, but if you’re looking for something livelier, head for the Arma factory complex. This former natural gas factory is now the hub of the city’s underground club scene, with several cavernous, cutting-edge clubs for loud all-night partying.

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