Bolotny Island, also known as Balchug, is an artificial island in the center of Moscow, to the south of the Kremlin. Nowadays it is famous for its modern ‘Red October’ art space that came to replace a century-old chocolate factory of the same name. The renovated redbrick buildings located on the island spit have become one of the most fashionable and popular (especially with young people) places in Moscow.
On ‘Red October’ territory, you will find art galleries and photo exhibitions, designer shops, bars and cafes — all chic and trendy. You can have lunch on the roof top enjoying a great view of the city.
There is also a retro-style sweet shop selling the trademark ‘Red October’ sweets (the factory is still functioning at another location).
The area is not so touristy as many other places of interest in Moscow which may be good news for those who like to have a quieter tourist experience and feel like a local. Anyway, the place is well worth a visit!