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    Ochotny rayd: Manezh

    by kris-t Updated Nov 16, 2010

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    even if you are not going to buy anythig - visit this undergraund - just take a look at the map of the world on the calotte

    What to buy: you can buy here everything, if you have some money shure :) that place is not cheap at all...

    What to pay: Depend

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    Where to go?: Souvenir shop near The Red Square - GUM

    by kris-t Updated Nov 16, 2010

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    Moscow, Souvenir shop

    "Russian Gift”
    “GUM” store

    3, Red Square, Moscow, Russia

    Working hours: Mo-Su 10:00 –22:00

    3d line

    What to buy: Classic Russian pieces : Matreshka (see my Russia tips «Local customs» more),
    Easter egg ,
    Samovar,
    Palech ,
    Hohloma,
    Zhestovo – tray

    What to pay: Depend

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    Where to go?: Chinese Teahouse on Myasnickaya street

    by kris-t Updated Nov 15, 2010

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    Unic 19-th centery building (1890—1893) "Perlov house". The Perlov company had 14 tea houses in Moscow (88 in Europe) before revolution 1917.

    In 1896 was redecorated in traditional chainise style.

    What to buy: Tea, coffee, chocolad, kakao

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    Art and souvenir market: Ismailovo Park

    by SallyM Updated Sep 5, 2010

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    Fur hats....perfect for July!

    There is a big art and souvenir market at Ismailovo Park, near the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Vega hotel complex at weekends. It's quite touristy, selling Soviet-era memorabilia, fur hats traditional Russian dolls, paintings, books and posters etc.

    I'm not a great souvenir hunter, so wasn't tempted, but I did find a cafe serving pelmeni at very reasonable prices for lunch!

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    GUM department store: Gorgeous building---high end shopping

    by dustmon Updated May 5, 2010

    GUM makes for a fun stop while in the main square of Moscow. Most shops inside are those high end shops such as Gucci and many others that I have never heard of, but all have very posh windows with beautiful people going in and out. Moscow was the last stop on our Viking River Cruise and I really did not want to tour the Kremlin, so Mom and I walked around GUM for an hour---they have a small cafe at one end where we sat and had a glass of wine. The architecture is marvelously intricate---looks like an old train station in a way.

    What to buy: Gifts, clothes, shoes

    What to pay: $$$$$

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    Izmaylovo Market

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 25, 2010

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    Izmaylovo Market

    The Izmaylovo Market is probably Moscow's biggest and most famous market area. You get almost everything here, from all kindss of souvenirs and handicrafts to antiques and carpets.

    Prices are said to be cheaper than in the city centre. Of course bargaining is expected. Apart from that Izmaylovo Market has many food stalls with local fast food.

    The market is open daily from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. and weekends seem to be the best time for a visit.

    Directions:
    The Izmaylovo Market is located northeast of the city centre (metro: Izmaylovskiy Park, blue line). When coming out of the metro station you see five blocks of the Izmaylovo hotel complex which was built for the 1980 Olympics. Just follow the crowds to the market.

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    Arbatskaya Lavitsa: Souvenirs in Moscow – Arbat

    by melek02 Updated Apr 14, 2010

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    The Arbat street is famous tourist trap in Moscow for buying souvenirs, but there is one really good shop left from communist time. It is located on Arbat street 27 and its name is Arbatskaya Lavitsa. It is opened daily from 9 am to 9 pm. They accept major credit cards. Entrance is on the corner of the building.

    Then I need to buy some souvenirs as gifts for my foreign friends I come here mostly. Well it is little bit more expensive (only for some items) then famous Smolenskiy Passage but quality is much more better and there is not risk that something will have defects and you can return it in 2 weeks.

    They have much more wider choice of Russian goods then Smolenskiy Passage has, it is a big shop and you can do shopping there 12 month a year. Smolenskiy Passage is not very pleasant place in wintertime and during working days half of the kiosks are closed.

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  • INnSHOPping RU: Where to buy souvenirs if you are limited on time?

    by UStranger Written Oct 7, 2009

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    I was over in Moscow for a 2-day conference and didn't have much time for shopping, although since it was my first time over there, I definitely wanted to buy some souvenirs for my family and friends, as I've heard of many nice Russian crafts before. Prices at Sheremetyevo airport have put me in shock. And after I saw the prices in Metropol hotel gift store, I have almost abandoned that idea.

    Luckily, I ran across a flyer of InnShopping among the rack card stand - they've advertised an online store that sells Russian arts and crafts, tickets to theatre events and some other services, and offer free hotel delivery and convenient payment options. Although I found it a weird way to advertise an e-store, I checked it out and quite honestly liked what I saw. A pretty professional website with limited but interesting choice of souvenirs and good selection of gift books, photo albums and DVDs with films on Moscow.

    I wanted to pay with a credit card but wouldn't trust it to a foreign website - well, they offered me to pay with a credit card after delivery of product. Delivery guy was very friendly and spoke pretty good English, he had a portable POS to run a credit card transaction, and the souvenirs were nicely and securely wrapped, I was not afraid to put a porcelain Gzhel penny bank in the luggage, and it made it home safe.

    It seems that the store is ery young, but it's a really handy idea for business travellers like myself, and I enjoyed their service.

    What to buy: Lacquered miniature jewel boxes are really nice - although beware the fake ones! And they're pretty expensive as well.
    Russian dolls, easter eggs, birch bark items and Khokhloma are obvious choices.
    Gzhel procelain is also pretty special, although there are probably better and cheaper offerings in China or other eastern asian countries.
    One thing I was really impressed with were filigree - glass handlers, spoons, jewel boxes made of thin silver wire. Those look really gorgeous! Sometimes they come with enamel inserts the Russians call Finift (sp?) - but those items are really expensive. And they come in a nice wooden gift box, so that makes for a perfect executive present.

    What to pay: Birchbark and khokhloma items are not very expensive, most of them are under $50.
    If you want something original though like filigree or lacquered box - prepare to spend between $75-200.

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  • Vernisage and Arbatskaya Lavitsa: Two places to avoid getting ripped off

    by luke_canuck Written Sep 17, 2009

    1) The Vernisage near Izmailovsky Park on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Go with a local, or prepare to haggle hard with limited usage of words.

    My tip: avoid most of the sellers who set up stall closest to the entrance or who immediately approach you in English. Absolutely avoid stalls that sell total rubbish like Gorby or Putin matryoshkas.

    2) Arbatskaya Lavitsa, 27 old Arbat street. From what I know it's either run by the State or by someone who doesn't pay the employees on commission. Me and my GF spent hours in there and were never, I mean never approached by someone trying to forcibly sell us something. Their selection of crafts is immense (Gzhel, shawls, Rostov finift', Pavloposad trays, Belomorskie wood carvings, amber, etc). When you actually want something, you let yourself be seen by the clerk and they will very courteously take the item out and show it to you. Their English is mostly basic but very sufficient. Prices are clearly marked and there is no haggling or discounts.

    What to buy: Vernisage:
    - hip flasks with various logos,
    - military watches (there's a good shop on the extreme right edge of the market),
    - fur hats (haggle hard, aim for maximum 100 dollars)
    - wood crafts, e.g. Hohloma
    - police hats (the warm variety)
    - Shawls or wool crafts, price permitting

    Arbatskaya Lavitsa:
    - Matryoshkas
    - Amber or any other type of jewelry
    - Gzhel
    - Belomor carved wood plates

    What to pay: 30-50 USD for the watches, less than 10 USD for hip flasks, ~100 USD for fur hats.

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    Where to go?: Gum shopping

    by georeiser Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    Gum shopping, Moscow

    Gum is a venerable building and shopping center. It was a shopping center even during the Soviet era, and has survived the change from state-controlled economy to capitalism. The center has 3 levels of arcades. You will find both western and Russian shops, from expensive designer goods to affordable stuff. There are several cafes and restaurants inside the building. The roof is made of glass.

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    Detsky Mir: Farewell, Detsky Mir

    by Muscovite Written Apr 23, 2009

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    Detsky Mir (Kids’ World) is very logically the youngest in the popular Soviet era consumer triangle comprising the much older and respectable GUM and TsUM.
    It was the biggest store in Europe when opened June 05, 1957 with the overall space of 54 000 sq.m, and still ranks # 1 on the continent as goods for kids go.

    Their Russian language site claims quite a few accomplishments, among them having introduced tights when more conservative retailers still stuck to stockings and garters.
    No English language site, and unlikely to get any in the nearest future.

    This is the latest work of the architect whose name I don’t hope you will remember; he worked a lot for the Moscow metro – just name Kropotkinskaya, one of my favourite.
    Now under reconstruction until God knows when and will in all probability emerge as God knows what.
    See how it looked I saw it last
    http://www.detmir.ru/cntnt/Detskiy_mir_na_Lubyanke.html?page=0

    For more information try MAPS, though I haven’t seen much activity on their site lately.
    http://www.maps-moscow.com/?chapter_id=205

    Old photos courtesy www.archnadzor.ru

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    GUM: Happy birthday, GUM

    by Muscovite Updated Apr 21, 2009

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    GUM, main entrance 1909 Courtesy GUM
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    We used to have three major department stores in Moscow – GUM, TsUM and Detsky Mir, all rhyming very happily, and GUM was the first among its peers.
    Though regarded at once as a tourist attraction, GUM was very popular among us natives; I remember buying a few pairs of shoes there, after an hour-long queue.
    Today you will know more about this place than I do; Muscovites are seldom seen within the Boulevard ring these days.

    GUM (The State Department Store), officially inaugurated by Alexander III, December 02, 1893.

    Open 10:00 - 22:00

    What to buy: Try people watching, it's normally free - depending on the object

    What to pay: Consult Star Trek team - after their visit to Moscow
    http://www.gum.ru/en/news/id/217/

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    TsUM: TsUM

    by Muscovite Updated Apr 21, 2009

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    TsUM in 1950s Courtesy TsUM
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    TsUm is the second ‘grand’ of the traditional Moscow retail, and it lives up to its mark, and even higher.
    I pass by the place now and then as my dentist happens to be located nearby, and I’ve got to say, they are going swell. Another wing added with an attempt for an Art Deco entrance, and I even spotted a uniformed doorman. Numerous shop assistants, few customers. Never went so far as to adjust my glasses to their prices.

    TsUM (The Central Department Store) – opened 1857 as ‘Muir & Mirrielees’. Andrew Muir and Archibald Mirrielees, two Scottish enterprisers in search for emerging markets – an enormous success until not so well-off Russians had enough of it.

    Open 10 – 22 Monday – Saturday, 11 – 22 Sunday

    What to buy: Prada, Armani Collezioni, Donna Karan, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent and the brands I never heard of - 6267, Temperley, Vera Wang, David Szeta, Ru du Mail, Zac Pozen

    What to pay: Forget it

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    The Gum: For people with unlimitted budget...;

    by floche2001 Written Jul 31, 2008

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    Nice to visit. A wonderful building. It's now the kingdom of the luxury shops

    What to pay: Moscow gives here the eveidence that it's one of the world's most expensive city ! Totally unaffordable... for me at least !

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    Okhotny Ryad: Slightly less than outrageous

    by mikey_e Written Jul 15, 2008

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    The mall emerges...

    Okhotny Ryad is not a shop. It is a three level shopping mall that can be found underneath Manezhnaya Square. Perhaps the only thing that differentiates this mall from those commonly found in the centre of most major cities is that it is built down (i.e. the lowest level is about half way to the subway station of the same name). Otherwise it should be familiar to anyone who has been to Toronto, New York, LA, etc., including the cacophony of Russian conversations. This is a classier mall than you might expect, but not one that caters exclusively to the über-rich. Rather, you can find all the standard western chains here, like Zara, H&M, Pull and Bear, Hugo Boss, Guess, etc. in addition to smaller domestic brands that you might not find outside of Russia. It is a bit of an experience, though, especially if you come from Red Square, as it provides a stark, commercialist contrast to the glories of the old régime.

    What to buy: Anything and everything. If you are looking for something specific and want to be sure that you get an item of a quality equivalent to what you would buy in an American or French or Italian mall, just come here right away. It also seems a better bet that you will get someone with some knowledge of English to help you (many people who work here are under 30) than if you waltz into a store in Kitay Gorod.

    What to pay: Moscow stores range from expensive to very expensive to I pay this because I have no soul. This mall stays in the lower ranges of the scale.

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