Shopping mall rises on sweets factory in Moscow
Established in the mid-19th century as a candy factory, Red October is an industrial complex of red brick buildings spread out on an island on the Moscow River across from the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Its sweet-making capabilities now defunct, the complex is home to trendy new shops, galleries, bars and restaurants populated by stylish young Muscovites. Red October offers relief from the nouveau riche, brand-obsessed aesthetic that dominates many of Moscow’s hot spots. Here, against a backdrop rich with imperial and Communist history, young people sporting Herschel backpacks ramble among cultural locales like the offices of the independent TV channel Dozhd. with themes like “Elvis: Birth of a Legend” and “American Sandbox: Photos by Harold Feinstein”. The gift shop is really a bookstore, and the cafe is a welcoming spot in the back.
The colorful abstract nudes on the walls, bow ties at the counter and stylized, old-school furnishings at this barbershop seem geared toward a certain type of customer: the bearded artiste who won’t struggle with paying a small fortune for a “dude’s haircut.”
The only Russian outpost of this Dutch men’s-wear chain carries suits, button-downs, polo shirts and even polka-dot socks in a style that might be described as modern-day Sherlock Holmes. A tailor is available on-site.
In a knowing nod to Moscow’s often inhospitable weather, this Pan-Asian restaurant keeps its spacious, second-floor outdoor area comfortable with space heaters and cozy blankets. The spot is a popular nighttime haunt on weekends with a menu that includes pots of tea that can be infused with vodka.
The no- nonsense name and Bauhaus-style exterior presage the monochromatic, minimalist décor inside, where visitors can find Russian, English, French and Italian titles on topics like architecture and design, and style fans can revel in copies of i-D and Interview magazines.
Clockwise from top left: Red October, established in the mid-19th century as a candy factory, is now home to trendy new shops and galleries.; suitsupply; Art Book Shop; Boy Cut Barber Shop.