Skidelsky Market or "Bazaar" is an indoor and outdoor market which sells food, drinks, clothes, well, actually everything. In the indoor market hall you can find stalls with quality fresh meats, poultry and fish. If you are going to cook a nice roast dinner I would recommend you this place- the choice is great, you will also find home grown veg there. The prices are much lower than those in UK and local food tastes better than the supermarket equivalent. The market is not far from the town centre and is open Tuesday till Sunday.
What to pay: 20-25 USD - we cooked a nice dinner for 5!
What to buy:
1) This BIRCH VODKA 'Berezovaya' (spirit 40% Vol) is an excellent product!
Not only it took 3rd place in the International Tasting Competition 'Drinks Industry' in Moscow in 2005. It is also in the group of 10 best vodkas of the word.
It`s smooth, light, doesn`t give a headache afterwards. The bottle looks cool, so you can buy it as a present too. People say it`s even better than French 'Gray Goose'.
2) Lots of good chocolates in pretty boxes (first floor, in front of the liquor section on your left). All my friends in the US loved it.
3) Third floor - some good women clothes made with linen and cotton in very interesting style.
4) Different souvenirs (made with wood, linen, raw linen, ceramics, etc) are located on the same first floor (but at an opposite side).
What to pay: BIRCH VODKA. In April 2008 it was $7 (15 200 belarussian rubles) for 0.5 liter bottle.
In Denmark the price for at visit to a dentist is very expensive.
When I came to Grodno first time I asked for the prices and I understand I could save about 90% by doing my teeth in Grodno. Our family found clinic with high educated dentist. And now it’s done. I have my mouth renovated. Many new crowns and bridges. The budget in DK was near 20000 US $ – in Grodno they did all for under 2000 US $. The dentists works for two weeks. And everything was perfect. You need to have a Russian speaking person to help you.
In Grodno you have many specs shops, private and public owned. The public one makes glasses for very small prices, but do maybe not have the fancy spectacle frame. This they have in the private owned chain of shops. And even here the prices are about 1/3 of the prices in fx. Denmark. And these people are really professional. I warmly can recommend a visit.
What to buy: Spectacle frames, sun glasses, western quality and brands
What to pay: Big savings.
At the top of the hill, at the same street where you find Hotel Semashko, just close to the bus station, you will discover the big market for food and vegetables. At Zideldiskie there is fresh meet, fresh fish, smoked products in a wide selection, you have to search for long time. You find eggs in all sizes, a wide selection of vegetables – all possible kind – and much more.
A market where easily can use many hours – just to look and wonder how strange life can be for us people. Here you meet the local people from the country side, and the city people who have their own homegrown potatoes, parsley, horseradish – and unique products made personally by hand at home – and the producer go to the market to sell and supply the money for the family.
It is absolutely an exciting market to visit – and you meet lot of people all day long.
In Grodno you have several outdoor markets around the city. One of the more interesting markets is Korona. Inside several large buildings you find a great selection of small shops. Here you have fresh fruit, vegetables, milk products, tailors, clothes, shoes, handbags, kitchenware – yes, everything for households – but no alcohol, this you have to buy in the supermarkets or special shops. Nice market to visit, especially when the rain is falling. Just ask for Korona, everyone knows where …..
Here you can buy almost any kind of Belarussian vodka (exception is Birch vodka) and quite nice shot glasses.
I like this store, cause they have souvenir samples in pretty boxes which you can purchase as a present.
This is not about a shop, but about the money. Apart from the fact that most things in Belarus are very cheap for Western Europeans (and even for East European tourists), we had to laugh about the banknotes they have. A banknote of 100 ruble which is displayed here is worth about 4 eurocents. Since they don't have coins in Belarus I can understand this banknote, but they also have banknotes of 50, 20, 10, 5 and even 1 ruble (which is less than 0.05 eurocent !).
Somewhere I read that a role of toilet paper costs 195 rubles and that there are 150 pieces of paper on it. Conclusion : 1 piece of toilet paper is worth more than a bank note of 1 ruble ;-)
This 'magazin' is together with the big one on vulitsa Savetskaya one of the biggest in Grodno, there is a store with a lot of choices in vodka.
What to buy: Vodka
What to pay: I paid 4550 Belarussian Rubles (1.75 Euro) for a bottle of 1/2 a liter of vodka.