In the URSS times the House of Books (Dom Knigi) was number one in foreign language books. Now there are many other shops but this one is still the best.
On the ground floor they have books in Russians and many souvenirs (matrioshl\kas, shapkas with the sign CCCP, etc), but on the first floor (second for the Russians) you have sectors with Spanish, English and French books at very good prices.
What to buy: books
Okhotny Ryad is an underground shopping mall on the north side of the Red Square in front of the State History Museum. Built in 1990, this departmental store is 3 levels under ground level. The most striking feature is a huge glass dome with the map of the world.
What to buy: The imported branded designer labels are expensive. There is a huge food court at the basement level with a wide variety of food and drinks. I would recommend chilling out at this food court after touring the Kremlin
The GUM department store takes up most of one side of Red Square, but you may not realise it, as it's simply a big building with no huge signs, neon lights, etc..
It's a strange combination of big and low-key!
What to buy: Check the GUM website (link below). Click the "English" icon when the page comes up if you can't speak, or read Russian.
Their website plays stirring patriotic music, so if you have sound, turn your speakers up!
Before the revolution, this was THE SHOPPING PLACE. My friends in Russia told me that people used to come all the way from Ukraine to buy salami here. Apparently there used to be more than 1,000 shops selling everything from luxury furs to potatoes. These days, this is where Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Lancome, Benetton, Estee Lauder, and Burberry hang out.
What to buy: Luxury gift items can be found here
A really huge indoormarket where you can buy musicdiscs, electronical and some other things.
What to buy: Here you could buy musicdiscs. You can find many kinds of music and the price is very good compared to prices in most european countries. (Because the discs are pirate copies).
What to pay: 100 rubles for one compactdisc.
Done with your books in English that you have taken and want something new to read? Now you can get it quite easily even in Moscow. ýAngliaý is the first such bookshop I learned of, so it seemed correct to me to put it first here as well. While the shop is not large, it has good selection of travel writing, illustrated albums, study books and most common literature, all in English: unabridged and as was in original text. You can pay with your charge cards.
Here I must confess, to my great shame, that I can not remember the shop’s name precisely as it was. However, I still remember what it is like, and, if you ask people in the region for an English bookshop, they will direct you correctly. The range of books is similar to the one ‘Anglia’ offers, but this shop has less emphasis on study books, and more on literature & guide books. There’s also an excellent selection of pens and similar things, though a bit on an expensive side – not just your average plastic pens. Payment with charge cards is possible. The selection of books normally differs from the one ‘Anglia’ has, so if you do not find something you are looking for in one shop, just try another!
The ones listed above are big general book shops – among my favourite shops in Moscow! And they all have sections devoted to the literature in English, both adapted (in smaller numbers) and unabridged. These shops are your ideal choice if you are after a mainstream book: Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, or Eyewitness travel guides, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Twain, Dickens, Tolkien, Agatha Christie, Sex and the City, and the like. There are also large sections dedicated to British-published study books and several titles of Russian literature translated into English.
Biblio-Globus: it is just outside the Lubianka subway station.
Moskva: go to the Okhotny Riad station, and walk along the Tverskaja street from the Kremlin.
Moskovskij Dom Knigi: Arbatskaja station, and Novy Arbat street
One of the more prominent shopping street of Moscow, full of activities. This street is a good starting point to browse Moscow. There are many international brand boutiques here, if you have come to Russia to shop. There are some museums and statues lined along this busy road too.
The oldest MacDonald in Moscow is located along this road, haha. But for more practical food, grocery stores, street kiosks and road-side food stalls selling hot-dogs, baked potatoes, etc... are found here.
The other prominent shopping street is Novy Arbat ulitsa. There is also some interesting architechure on this road or on the road leading to it, Vozdvizhenka ulitsa.
Watch out for House of Friendship with Peoples of Foreign Countries, located on Vozdvizhenka ul, coming from Borovitskaya metro station, with its interesting sea-shell motifs.
Also, the pretty onion-domed Church of St Simeon the Stylite is seen along this road, nestled below giant grey buildings.
There is a huge stationary shop on this street, found after the church, if you need some note-books or whatever.
There are several big bookshops along Tverskaya ul, Novy Arbat ul and perhaps in the shopping malls Okhotny Ryad and GUM (not sure about the shopping malls, actually).
Side-note : There is no 'H' sound in Russian. So, HARRY POTTER is pronounced as GARRY POTTER.
There are a smattering of English books available from these stores, from a handful of popular authors, like PG Wodehouse, Sue Townsend. I must say, the selection is actually NOT TOO BAD. You can come across some gems if you are alert and lucky. The number of English classics are extensive. If you are the Dickens-sort, you are blessed.
As for those famous Russian novels translated into English, better to go to ANGLIA BRITISH BOOKSHOP. It is located on a side street up another side street off Novy Arbat ul.
To be honest, it was a miracle I found it.
Near the start of Novy Arbat ul, where Vozdvizhenka ul ends and several roads branch out at right angle to Novy Arbat, there is a building with an arch-way facing Novy Arbat ul itself, that appears to be leading into the backyard or car-park of the building.
Enter it and you will emerge into a quiet road named Merzlakovsky pr. To the left, an even quieter road branches off at an angle, Khlebny pr and you should be able to find the bookshop by paying A LOT OF ATTENTION to the buildings to your right.
I'M LLLLOVING IT!
Good. Cheap. Cute. Multi-couloured.
What to buy: Lots of stylish, sunny girls' stuff :-)
What to pay: rubles :-) you can use your credit as well
Can not resist it too!
I'm satisfied :-)
What to buy: lots of nice qualified stuff :-)
Bores and 'Nags' - this is not for you :P
As well as 'Jennyfer' :P
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