Moscow the most expensive city in the world? Absolutely!
The cheapest hostel I could find in Moscow back in August set me back 40USD for a bed in some dude’s 3 bedroom converted Soviet-era apartment. Moscow was also where I discovered the terms “face-blocking” and “auto-blocking”. Both are methods that are apparently used extensively at clubs, bars and lounges – if you don’t have the face, the car or both…tough luck comrade – you are not getting in.
Moscow is home to 74 billionaires, the most of any city in the world. Its three wealthiest citizens ( Oleg Deripaska, Vladimir Lisin and Roman Abramovich) each possess fortunes in excess of $25 billion. And Russia’s super-wealthy are just getting started: 13 of the country’s
billionaires are under the age of 40.
I didn’t eat in a single restaurant (given the prices) while in Moscow and my travel partner and I were left wondering where exactly (barring street food) does the common Russian guy go when he wants to eat out? Apparently it’s MccDonalds – we were looking for something affordable to drink and inadvertently walked into the very first McD’s in Russia – home of the Commie Mac. The place was massive – utterly massive…they must have had at least 100 staff members there and it was packed.