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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Million-Dollar View

MTTake in St. Basil's and the Kremlin towers over afternoon tea at Kranzler.
Outdoor cafes with Kremlin views aren't exactly commonplace.

One of the city's few such spots is the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski's Cafe Kranzler, which has opened its outdoor patio section. Situated on the corner of the hotel, the small seating area offers a clear view of the Kremlin towers and St. Basil's Cathedral across the Moscow River. The surrounding streets are fairly quiet in the evening and on weekends, which makes the cafe quite tranquil for such a central, roadside location.

Given that this is a five-star hotel, there are certain things that can be taken for granted, such as the good service, the high-quality cuisine and the substantial prices. This is a place for those who appreciate the finer things in life and don't mind paying for them.

The summertime beverage list is particularly large and includes such specials as four varieties of ice tea: three different herbal mixes entitled "Herbal Chill Out," "Fresh Breeze" and "Light and Fit" plus the "Darjeeling Treasure" classical ice tea. All the ice teas come in 300-milliliter portions and cost 500 rubles. There are three varieties of lemonade -- classic, sweet raspberry and fresh mint, which again all go for 500 rubles per 300 milliliters. Summer-friendly smoothies include three straight fruit varieties and four fruit and yogurt varieties -- all 600 rubles for 250-milliliter servings. Wine starts at 400 rubles a glass and beer starts at 250 rubles for 300 milliliters of Stary Melnik, which includes some complimentary chips, pretzel sticks and wasabi-coated nuts.

Warm-weather nibbles include a good range of ice cream dishes such as a banana split (550 rubles), an ice cream bowl with apricot sauce, candied violets and whipped cream (600 rubles) and berry yogurt ice cream with berry ragout and whipped cream (580 rubles).

For those looking for something more substantial, the cafe's regular menu is available with mains averaging more than 1,000 rubles, with the exception of the "Original Ho We Nuremberg Roasted Sausages" with sauerkraut, mashed potato and shallot sauce for 750 rubles.

1 Ul. Balchug, 230-5500/6500, 7 a.m.-midnight, M. Novokuznetskaya.