Moscow – Shopping
Moscow is said to be one of the world most expensive city. It is easy to verify than looking at the brand names in its streets. Buying cheap and good clothes is a problem for Moscow people as one can find much more names of Western than local designers in the shops. However, if you have plenty of money shopping in Moscow can be pleasant.
Chic and Expensive:
GUM (State Department Store)
Luxurious interiors of the three-storey State Department Store offer haute couture brands to match them: Dior, Escada, Gucci, Cartier, Hermes, Moschino, Burberry, Cacharel, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, and Bosco. The first floor is occupied mainly by shoe shops, from expensive to middle class. The second floor belongs to accessories and luxury household goods.
Red Square 3.
The Central Universal Department Store tries to keep up with GUM in its pursuit of luxury brands. On the ground floor, there are perfumery and cosmetic products, three other floors are given to world brands (Dolce&Gabbana, Armani, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, DKNY, and others), on the top floor you can found suitcases and gifts. Expensive Russian designers can be found among the brands offered, such as Alexander Terekhov and Vika Gazinskaya, but those are mostly exceptions.
Petrovka St. 2.
In this ancient merchant passage, one can continue the pursuit of fashionable brands: Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Kenzo, La Perla, Max Mara, Bally, and others.
Petrovka St. 10.
The heart of glamorous Moscow and the shopping place for prosperous women of fashion. Here, one can buy clothes, see and be seen. The pedestrian lane is occupied by single-brand boutiques by the “best of the best”: Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Emanuel Ungaro, Fendi, Furla, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo. They are accompanied by a two-storey fashion house designer Denis Semachev, a virtuoso of the Neo Russian kitsch.
Other streets for expensive shopping in the center are Kuznetsky Most and Tverskaya, though the latter is gradually losing ground.
Also, in search for interesting models, it is worth visiting the shops of masters of the Russian fashion Valentin Yudashkin (boutique VALENTIN YUDASHKIN located at Voznesensky Lane, 6/3, bldg 1) and Slava Zaitsev (Fashion Theatre, Mira Pr. 21). Clothes by young couturier Ulyana Sergeenko that have been popular in high society events of the previous years can also be found interesting (a show room is located at Granatny Lane 4).
At a medium price:
Trading Gallery “Fashion Season”
It is located a few steps away from the Red Square, this new gallery is seen to be more “creative”, that is why it has quickly taken the interest of fashionable youth. It houses expensive but less promoted youth brands and the signs often show the names of Russian designers. Prices are high. However, if you take a look into Podiummarket (the 1st and 2nd floors) and RussianFashionRoots (the 3rd floor), you can buy a fashionable item by Russian designers at a reasonable price.
Tsvetnoy Department Store
This department store focuses on youth brands including those by Russian designers. To get acquainted with the new names of the Russian fashion, it is advisable to visit boutique A LA RUSSE by designer Anastasia Romantsova that is actively using feminine retro motives in her clothes.
Design Factory “Flacon”
Designer’s shops come and go but it is interesting to walk along the former factory that is presently being rented by various creative associations. Designer training shoes or unusual accessories, garments from natural fabrics or awkward passport covers and all can be found there. Goods by unknown but perky designers are often on sale.
Cheap and Good:
Shopping Centers Evropeisky (Kievskaya Metro Station) and Atrium (Kurskaya Metro Station)
Located close to the largest city train stations, and are always crowded. Several floors accommodate shops of foreign brands of any taste and budget (from couture Escada to cheap Sela at “Evropeisky” and from Trussardi to Zara at “Atrium”), as well as cinemas and spacious food courts. The budget restaurants make these malls a favourite place for medium and budget shoppers.
Most people like this underground mall that is located near Kremlin for its democratic prices and good choice of youth brands: In City, Promod, Kira Plastinina, MEXX, ZARA, Accessorize, Nike. Students from nearby education establishments often come here for a snack at fast-food restaurants. You can exit the alluring shop-windows directly from the metro station “Okhotny Ryad”.
Among usual faceless supermarkets, historical Eliseevskiy Shop can be clearly distinguished. You don’t have to come here only for the sake of buying something – it is worth visiting just to admire the 1901 interior of one of the best shops of the pre-revolutionary Moscow. However, some people may be interested in expensive gastronomy offered there.
The best souvenirs from Moscow are popular craftwork items like hand-painted wooden trays, tableware, figurines and authentic matryoshka dolls stacking one into another. More expensive but very beautiful gifts are items from porcelain made by old recipes. Other popular souvenirs include colourful kerchiefs with traditional floral ornamentation and tea glass holders – a traditional element of the Russian tea ceremony, especially at trains. Those who want the greatest authenticity may take home a whole samovar to organize Russian tea parties at home.
Souvenir shops can be found in many shopping malls and at tourist pedestrian streets (especially at the Arbat). Undoubtedly, they are intended for tourists and prices are quite high. Those who lacks time to search have to get by with these ones.
Shop “Imperial Porcelain”
A store of St. Petersburg Imperial Porcelain Factory with design of items that imitates historical patterns and is developed by sketches of modern artists. Prices (for porcelain) are not too high. A coffee cup and saucer set costs from 1000 roubles. Prices for complete sets start from 10000 roubles.
Factory shops are located at Petrovka St. (19, bldg 1), Maroseyka St. (4/2 bldg 1), and
Pyatnitskaya St. (6/1, bldg 1)
Dom Farfora (The House of Porcelain) at Tverskaya-Yamskaya
Beside Russian and foreign porcelain tableware and figurines shop offers art glass, exclusive glassware and home accessories. Everything is very expensive and the atmosphere is pretentious.
1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya 17
“Russky Samovar” Shop
A great choice of samovars, tableware, porcelain, and other arts and crafts items in the center of Moscow and a little aside from the noisy Arbat. Samovars cost 8000-13000 (electrical, coal), tea glass holders – 1500 (nickel) – 4000 (gold-plated), arts and crafts items – 1000-5000 roubles, kerchiefs – 2000-4000 roubles, porcelain – from 350 for a small figurine to 1000-2000 for a coffee cup and saucer set and 12000-16000 for a complete set.
Malaya Nikitskaya 33
Medium price category:
A cheaper analogue with a widely promoted tourist shop. The assortment is smaller but there are cast tea glass holders made by individual design – from avant-guard to kitschy with Putin’s portraits.
A samovar costs 6000-7000 roubles, tea glass holders – from 1000 (brass, nickel) to 4000 (gold, silver) and 5000 (cast), kerchiefs – 1300-2600.
Bolshoi Spasoglinshchevsky Lane 8.
Located at the building of old Gostiny Dvor. This shop sells goods both retail and online. A large variety of souvenirs is offered at medium for Moscow prices. The most interesting are Faberge-style crafts, birch-bark items, kerchiefs, and lacquer boxes.
Ilyinka St. 4, Gostiny Dvor, Entrance No 7.
Pavlovo Posad Shawls
Factory stores of traditional woollen shawls manufactured at Pavlovsky Posad. All sizes and colours are available: from small 72×72 kerchiefs to large 148×148 shawls. Individual design. Prices start from 700 roubles for a small kerchief to 3000-4000 for a large warm shawl.
In the center shops are located at New Arbat Avenue 11 at the Shopping Mall “Novoarbatsky” and at Kamergersky Lane 6, bldg, 1st floor.
An option for the bravest and most practical. If you are ready to go outside the historical center and feel the atmosphere of a real arts and crafts market – you are welcome to Izmailovo Market (also known as the Vernisazh Market). There you can buy the souvenirs same with that of Arbat but 2 or even 3 times cheaper. Every shopping street of the Market has its own name and designation: at the Craft Street. All popular Russian souvenirs like matryoshka dolls, handkerchiefs, tableware, and tea glass holders can be found. Antique rows and Flea market can make the day of those who like ancient trinkets (among which there can be rather precious). The Painting Park and Icon Row among dozens of mediocre pictures with real sparks of bright talent can be found. It is simply nice to have a walk among trade pavilions designed to resemble old-Russia towers.
Metro Station “Partizanskaya”, Izmailovskoye Shosse 73-ж, complex “Izmailovo Market”.
Moscow – Staying
There is a huge variety of hotels in Moscow. However, prices in the capital are overestimated and it is hard to find good value for money. It is advisable to first pay attention to hotels that are close to metro stations. Even if the hotel is not located in the city center of Moscow, visitors can still get around quite easily.