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I splurged on a $60 lunch at an iconic Moscow restaurant that's inside an 18th-century Russian aristocrat's mansion. Here's what it was like.

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    Café Pushkin is the
    one of the most iconic restaurants in Moscow.
  
  Named after Russian poet 
    Aleksandr Pushkin, the restaurant opened in 1999 in a
    renovated 18th-century
    Baroque mansion in central Moscow.
  
  On TripAdvisor, 
    it has more than 8,100 reviews with many describing it as
    "legendary," "iconic," and "like visiting a museum."
  
  On the advice of a local, I went to Café Pushkin for lunch
  one day. 
  
  The food was delicious - albeit expensive - and I did feel
  like I was eating in a museum.
  
  
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  Moscow may 
  not have any Michelin-starred restaurants, but it's home to
  its fair share of fine dining establishments.

  Two Moscow restaurants - White Rabbit and
  Twins Garden - made the
  2019 World's
  50 Best Restaurants list, a ranking based on the opinions of
  international chefs, food writers, and "travelling gourmets."

  But one of the most iconic restaurants in the city is Café
  Pushkin, named after 
  Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin. On TripAdvisor, 
  it has more than 8,100 reviews - and a higher rating than
  White Rabbit. Reviewers describe it as "legendary," "iconic," and
  "like visiting a museum."

  Café Pushkin opened in 1999 in a renovated 18th-century
  Baroque mansion on Tverskoy Boulevard in central Moscow. The
  boulevard was a famous hang-out spot for Moscow high society
  after it opened in 1796, and Pushkin himself was often seen
  strolling there, according to the restaurant's website.

  While on a 12-day trip to Russia earlier this year, I had to go
  see what the hype was all about. On top of the solid reviews, a
  local had highly recommended that I eat there. 

  So one day, I went to Café Pushkin for a solo lunch - here's what
  it was like.

Moscow may not have any Michelin-starred restaurants, but it's home to its fair share of fine dining establishments.

Two Moscow restaurants - White Rabbit and Twins Garden - made the 2019 World's 50 Best Restaurants list, a ranking based on the opinions of international chefs, food writers, and "travelling gourmets."

But one of the most iconic restaurants in the city is Café Pushkin, named after Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin. On TripAdvisor, it has more than 8,100 reviews - and a higher rating than White Rabbit. Reviewers describe it as "legendary," "iconic," and "like visiting a museum."

Café Pushkin opened in 1999 in a renovated 18th-century Baroque mansion on Tverskoy Boulevard in central Moscow. The boulevard was a famous hang-out spot for Moscow high society after it opened in 1796, and Pushkin himself was often seen strolling there, according to the restaurant's website.

While on a 12-day trip to Russia earlier this year, I had to go see what the hype was all about. On top of the solid reviews, a local had highly recommended that I eat there.

So one day, I went to Café Pushkin for a solo lunch - here's what it was like.

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