Patriarchy Ponds in Moscow

Patriarshy Ponds area is located in the very Moscow heart in Presnensky District wirthin walking distance to metro stations Pushkinskaya, Mayakovskaya and Barrikadnaya. 

Despite the heavy traffic of the neighboring Garden Ring Patriarchy Ponds remain untouched by the chaos of the central highway. The area fascinates everyone by its calm European atmosphere harmonizing with ancient Moscow character which is described in Russian classic literature. 

Панорама Патриаршие пруды на европейский уголок Москвы
View on one of the most European areas of Moscow


The district combines the area bounded by Malaya Bronnaya Street, Bolshoy and Maly Patriarchy lanes and Ermolaevsky lane. But the one who has a walk in Arbat direction along Vspolny, Granatny lanes or keep on walking to Tverskaya Street direction in Bolshoy and Maly Kozikhinsky lanes, Trekhprudny, Bogoslovsky, Blagoveschensky and Mamonosvsky lanes will feel the same microclimate of a picturesque European town. That is why expats do like residing in this area.   

Regardless of the logic it is better to familiarize with Patriarchy Ponds starting from nowadays. You will conceive the historical beauty and importance of the area having your cup of coffee in one of the numerous cozy French patisseries located in Bronnaya Street. There is no dilapidated mansions. All the pre-revolutionary buildings are restored or are under renovation now. Anyhow you will conceive the historical atmosphere observing a great number of memorial tablets with names of outstanding cultural workers, political and scientific personalities dwelled here. 

Столик на летней веранде ресторана Павильон с видом на Патриаршие пруды
Restaurant Pavilion, summer veranda with Patriarshy Ponds views


Grand Cru

Bronnaya Malaya St., 22,
Tel.: +7 (495) 6500118

Mamina Pasta

Spiridonievsky lane, 12/9,
Tel.: +7 (495) 7305600

Don Pedro

Spiridonievsky lane, 9
Tel.: +7 (495) 2027411

Marco Polo Presnya

Spiridonievsky lane, 9
Tel.: +7 (495) 9019701 ( ext.: 1108)


Bronnaya Malaya Street
Tel. +7 (495) 7369131


Bronnaya Malaya 20 a
Tel.: +7 (495) 6506462

Cafe and cofee houses
French confectionary Shantimel

Bronnaya Malaya Street 20 a
Tel.: +7 (495) 2021555

Donna Klara

Bronnaya Malaya 21/13, block1
Tel.: +7 (495) 2906974


Bronnaya Malaya Street 20, block 1
Tel.: +7 (495) 6507262

MB Studio 

Bronnaya Malaya Street 27/14 
Tel.: +7 (495) 2903531

Manolo Blahnik

Bronnaya Malaya Street 24 block1
Tel.: +7 (495) 6500032

Aizel for men 

Bronnaya Malaya Street 25
Tel.: +7 (495) 2325228

Aleksandr Todchuk’s Studio in Bronnaya

Bronnaya Malaya Street 2/6 
Tel.: +7 (495) 695-70-79, 695-66-15

Vosimoye Zhelaniye beauty saloon

Bronnaya Malaya Street 13 
Tel.: +7 (495) 2026355

Classical musical theatres

Trekhprudny lane, 11/13, block 1
Tel.:8 916 653 09 89,

Stanislavskogo and Nemirovicha-Danchenko theatre

Bolshaya Dmitrovka 17 
Tel.: (495) 7237325

Novaya Opera

Karetny Ryad 3 block 2 
Tel.: +7 (495) 6940868

Interesting places to have a look  

Near the very pond there is a free skating rink with Christmas lights, cheerful music and fair with traditional Russian winter dainties. In summertime jog around the pond, walk with children at the playground with sculptures of fable personages and enjoy the relaxing mirror-like surface of the pond with ducks and swans swimming in the pond.  

The video is taken from User YashinIgor

Patriarchy Ponds are remarkable not only because of its unique European like look and proximity to the Kremlin but as well owing to historical and cultural events which had taken place here, literature and poetical allusions and architectural splendor.  

Why the Ponds are named Patriarchy?  

Long time ago in XVI centaury there were 3 ponds where Russian Patriarch Ioakim arranged ponds for fish breeding. For the time being only the one pond survived and the whole district is named after this picturesque pond.  

What else is worth to have a look 

Just have a glance at the refined mansion with lions in Ermolaevsky lane facing the Pond. Walk along Spiridonovka Street and enjoy the facades of architectural masterpieces by famous modernist Feodor Shekhtel. Gaze at beautiful churches in Malaya Nikitskaya and Bogoslovsky lane. 

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Fairy tale castle in Ermolaevsky lane
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Refined mansion in Malaya Dmitrovka
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Portugal castle in Moscow Spiridovka St.
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