Moscow Shopping

These days, shopping is a national sport in Moscow. Locals shop in brand new mega-malls, revamped department stores, designer boutiques, and busy food markets. Display windows in parts of historical shopping districts in downtown Moscow, such as pereulok Stoleshnikov, Kuznetsky Most, and proyezd Tretyakovsky, are filled with brands like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Brioni, Prada, and Fendi.

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emporia such as GUM showcase midrange Western brands like Levi's and Nike. Russian designers also have a presence: some names to look for include Alena Akhmadullina, Alexander Terekhov, Igor Chapurin, Denis Symachev, Kira Plastinina, and Sultanna Frantsuzova. If you're simply on the hunt for souvenirs, the best bets are shops in the Arbat district or the Izmailovsky Flea Market in the Eastern Outskirts.

Stores are generally open Monday through Saturday 10 to 7, and many are open seven days a week; shopping malls are open daily from 10 or 11 in the morning to 9 or 10 at night. Some specialty stores and many supermarkets may operate 24/7.

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Petrovsky Passazh

  • Department Stores

MaxMara, Nina Ricci, Givenchy, Kenzo, and Bally boutiques and an antiques store are in this chic, glass-roofed space, a top contender...

Russkaya Vyshivka

  • Crafts

Specializing in traditional Russian linen, this old store stocks beautiful embroidered christening gowns as well as table linens, rag...

Russkiye suveniry

  • Crafts

This pleasant souvenir shop sells the best of locally produced folk art, including palekh (colorful, lacquered wood with folklore designs...

Salon Naslediye

  • Crafts

The Historical Museum's art shop Naslediye (Heritage) deals in many sorts of souvenirs, including jewelry, T-shirts, handmade crafts,...

Shaltai-Boltai

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Located on the ground floor of Novinsky shopping center (just behind the U.S. Embassy) this quirky store with a name that translates...

TsUM

  • Department Stores

TsUM (Central Department Store), a historical rival of GUM, has upgraded itself to an expensive emporium with collections of nearly all...

Tsvetnoy Central Market

  • Department Stores

What was once a central market selling food and utilitarian household items is now an upscale mall, offering everything from furniture...

Valentin Yudashkin Trading House

  • Clothing

Many Russian celebrities prefer Yudashkin's clothes to those of Western designers. Look for extravagant evening dresses, jeans embellished...

Volkonsky

  • Food/Candy

This French-owned chain now has three branches in Moscow, where you can buy freshly baked cookies, pastries, and bread, and also drink...

Yeliseyevsky

  • Food/Candy

Historic, sumptuous, upscale—this turn-of-the-20th-century grocery store is the star of ulitsa Tverskaya, and even if you're not feeling...

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