One of the biggest shops in Minsk.It's a kind of "soviet "shop, in every city on "post soviet" aria you would find something similar to this one.Four floors, on every floor a lot of departments with different stuff.
What to buy: Everything:from food til sewing goods.
One of the popular markets in Minsk.Here u can get almostly everything.This market situated in the center of Minsk and I think it's cheaper compare to other places.
What to buy: Here u can find everything:fruit and vegetables,meat and fish,caviar,sweets, ......
I don't know the name of this shop (it is in Independence square), but it is quite Western European looking with lot of things to buy inside. I don't know about the prices (maybe they are bigger here as well), but seems that lot of locals enjoy spending time here.
The accent of this shop is round shape place with itself playing piano in the middle (you could see it in photo). I bought alcohol and sweets at this shop.
Well, you can buy it for sure at GUM store (first floor, on your left) next to Oktyabr`skaya metro station and I think at any big stores around town.
What to buy: 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.
What to pay: As far as I remeber it was $4 for 0.5 liter bottle.
Different shops could be found at central part of Minsk.
What to buy: There are some things that could be recommendation to buy in Minsk. At first, it is alcohol - Belarusian beer and famous Belarusian cognac - Kristal cognac. There are lots of vodka species as well. There is big variety of sweet things as well - chocolates with nostalgic views from Russian style tales on their papers, sweets (with honey inside are very nice, these sweets are in shape of barrel).
Talking about postcards of Minsk, I found it a bit complicated to find, especially standard size. Anyway, they are cheaper than in Western Europe or Lithuania.
This is not a tip on what to buy, but how to buy! In many large shops, especially food shops with many attendants, you may have to choose twice - Soviet style. You decide what you want and tell (or point) to the shop assistant who will either prepare the item or just stand there telling you in Russian that you must now pay for it. You must then go and find the distant cashier and tell them what you want. If you speak Russian. After payment they give you a ticket you take back to the shop assistant and you get your purchase. This has not changed since the days of the Soviet Union.
If you do not speak fluent Russian, always take a pen and paper with you. You can always draw pictures and write numbers!
Please see my Cultural Tips regarding money!
Na Namige (Belarussian: На Немиге Торговый дом) is big shopping area along Namiga street. I found information that whole area has about f 16 800 m ². Not so beautiful complex but very useful to visit and since is placed on our main walking tour from Victory square to Isle of tears it become our main shopping area. Many people shopping there every day over 20 years (since 1993).
All area is on three level. You could find here almost everything because here is placed a regular department store and many other shops of clothes, shoes, cosmetics, jewelry and electronic goods etc. There is also a major food center with several coffee shops. This complex has good air-conditioning system. There is public toilet as well.
Almost whole year (except winter) on pedestrian platforms on 1st and 2on floor is open two coffee shops and dinner. On 2on floor is some kind of dinner on open. It is based on self services, very crowd and is hard to find a place to seat but food is tasty and cheap with wide variety of options. I think it was call cafe number 5 because I remember that I saw and cafe number 4.
Open from 9 am till 9 pm (09:00-21:00) every day, except Sunday (10:00-20:00).
What to buy: In the food department you will be able to buy a large assortment of local product from meat, sweets till alcoholic beverages and tobacco. I only buy a food and drinks. Here I found Belarus chocolate with interesting motifs and Belarus kvas, special drink.
Situated on end of Namiga street on the way to Old town this old soviet style building attract attention with huge metal relief in front. I dint know anything about it before but it is intrigue. At first I saw I was thinking about some soviet museum or archive.
I was surprise when I found out it is actual leading Belorussian Fashion Center for women clothes with 60th years long tradition. And this metal relief call "Solidarity" and author was A. Arcimovič. Dint shopping there, just looking around.
Trade Center "Stolitsa" (Belorussian: Торговый центр "Столица") is biggest shopping area in Minsk (and Belarus) and it is located under beautiful Independent square. All glass dome with three sculptures of storks in flight that decorate the square are windows for a large shopping center.
I never see before something similar. I dint buy anything special, just walking around. Near enter from hotel Minsk (there was three underground enter to the trade center) was Ice cream stand.
The whole trade center have 75000 m2 and you ca find various shops and boutiques, bars and restaurants, internet cafe and other facilities for entertainment and rest.
Main square on last level is open stage where is often organized various presentation, championships, plays, concerts etc.
Working time was from 10 am till 10 pm every day.
Like in Russia I saw here and big department store call GUM. Placed in main street it was easy to find it. It is in a huge building, it is in a popular Soviet style of architecture and date back to 1951. It has three level and on each level has a various offer of goods and product mainly for low prices. My attention was attract a small gift shop or probably indoor kiosk at the entrance (if I remember correctly). There is a wide selection of various small items and goods and among them is a nice souvenir that is my mementos on visit City.
What to buy: I buy here a nice wooden fridge magnet with Virgin Mary, picture of protector of Minsk.
What to pay: I spend about 5900 BYR
This store is on the beginning of Trinity suburb. At first sight I thought it is some kind of cultural institution because it was sign as Galereya (Belorussian: Галерея Бомонд) and in front of it it was a interesting statue. But, it was a high class fashion store. It has a wide collection of stylish women's and men clothing and shoes (business and casual variety), sportswear and modern accessories.
You can find here everything you need for a wardrobe fashion, sports and leisure, for everybody in one store.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.00-20.00, Sun 11.00-18.00
What to buy: The Bomond is specialized for outerwear, suits, dresses, blouses, shirts, jeans, sweaters and cardigans, shoes, Ankle Boots, boots, gloves, belts, wallets etc.
Among big soviet buildings and monument my friends and I find a little outdoor market. It seem to serve mostly for tourists because you can find many interesting gifts predominantly souvenirs (folk art, Soviet-era items etc.).
I found out that many people rate this market as one of the best place in the city for souvenirs like matroshka dolls, lacquered wooden boxes or something else of folk art or artistic items.
In this market is real painting exhibit where artists showing and trade their work. Truly art shop in Minsk.
I remember one interesting magnet. It is hand-painted crust of birch, small peaces with motives mostly old houses or nature. I remember that it was cost at that time (August 2011) 15000 BYR.
You can visit market from 09:00 - 18:30, every day except Monday when is close.
What to buy: Many folks art, soviet items and regular souvenirs
What to pay: At least 15000 BYR and up, not the cheapest place for buying the souvenirs in Minsk.
Nezavisimosti prospekt is big and wide street with interesting architecture, many restaurants and cafe bars, cinema and stores. In fact, trough most of street you can find a outdoor little book tables sales, mostly on Belorussian and Russian but you can find some books on English too.
What to buy: I buy a little touristic book about Belarus.
What to pay: I think I pay about 13600 Belarus Ruble.