Food Stalls instead of Trams: Moscow has paved its way into the top of world’s culinary destinations.
Russia’s capital is about to welcome DEPO – one of the biggest food courts in the world. With such game-changer there will be no more doubts that this city has made it to the world leading gastronomy centres.
You know, how Russians love to impress, so they can even blow loads of money sometimes? If NO, here’s the latest story from nation’s capital city.
Just a few days ago there was a soft opening of what seems to be one of the biggest food courts in the world and definitely the biggest in Russia. Depo – this gigantic food court, or better say Food MALL, has recently been launched in Moscow center.
This ambitious project is only being filled with 45-50% of vendors, but the scale of it is no secret. The developers expect around 140 farmers corners and 75 restaurants with cuisines from all over the world spread in the several buildings on the area of 11 000 sq. m..
The entire cluster of DEPO buildings used to serve as Moscow Tram Depot – that perfectly explains the name, right? Beautiful loft-like premises as if were built just for that purpose: high ceilings, big windows and a lot of open space – I can imagine how many perfect Instagram shots will be made here on a sunny day!
7 historic buildings appeared here during the period from 1874 to 1932. This tram depot served trams from 1909 and from 1950s.
Nonetheless, the original depot was closed 2014 and apart from being the gigantic food-market, it is a Cultural heritage site as well as the oldest transport complex in Moscow.
Bars, restaurants and food corners – that is not just it. The plan is going far beyond: farmers market, children playground, music stage, coworking space, endless summer terraces including roof-tops and as promised parties every night.
Now you can find here various foods from Uzbek pilaf, several Chinese and Greek stalls to local cheese producers, vegetables and cute little section of vegan, vegetarian and healthy-eating corners (yay, bowls).
February 21st it’s going to be officially open to the public, but in the next couple of months we will get more ideas about what’s going on there. For now that’s definitely a HUGE city project worth visiting.
Stay tuned – we will tell you more: what’re the best findings here, what dishes are the gems and how you could spend your free time in this adult’s playground stuffed with food.