Where to go?, Moscow
This is probably the largest craft market in Moscow. It is relatively easy to get to and the shopkeepers will bargain.
What to buy: At Ismilovskaya Park you can get teh famous Matrushka dolls, hand painted Santa clauses, antique samavars, Russian china, crystal glasses for vodka, hand painted Russian eggs (I got a really great one specially painted for my sister and her husband for their wedding with their faces painted into a Russian fairy tale!) as well as crafts from some of the other CIS countries
What to pay: Much less than if you shop on Arbat. Don't forget to bargain
Again, not sure if this is a must see, but it is rather historic. If you are American, I am sure you remember seeing the pictures of Soviets standing in long lines to purchase certain items (we were told it was toilet paper and bread on the evening news). Now it is an upscale shopping mall with Gucci and Prada and shelves that most likely are never empty...
What to pay: Things here are generally as expensive as any store in the "west" and sometimes more so.
Modern subterranean shoppingmall just North of the Kremlin and Red Square. A large collection of trendy and styleshops are drawing many tourists down, while Moscowians use the place as a popular meetingground for youth. At lowest level there is a restaurantplaza, where one can get a wide variety in menus. Outside at groundlevel are magnificent fountains, at night beautifully aluminated.
What to buy: If you can (dare) to take it home: cloths made from fur. Here it is still considered the normalest thing in the world and ... it somehow belongs to the country and it's centuries old tradition of fur (Russian gold).
It's kind of trading rows in the open air. The admission fee is 10 RUR (~30c). The whole complex is build like a small old time Russian town, all from wood. Apart from trading rows themselves there are snack places and small restaurants.
You can buy different crafts there, paintings, some contemporary pieces, etc. It's something between flea market and souvenir shop :)))
What to pay: BARGAIN!!! A lot of foreign tourists go there, so majority prices are set for "thick wallets". It would be even better if you take a local with you.
Trade/Entertainment Center (3 storey underground facility)
It's all built underground, 3 storey down the earth, with a nice walking area with fountains just above it, like walking on the roof. It's another ambitious project of our Mayor, which is eventually bound to live and flourish.
What to buy: All sorts of clothes, souvenirs, jewelry, porcelian, etc.
Stoleshnikov Pereulok - one of the best shopping streets in Moscow. Home of Christian Dior, Hermes and Vuitton.
What to pay: expensive and extremely expensive
The Seventh Continent operates in the Moscow area (102 stores), Moscow Region (2 stores) and North-West region (8 stores).
It's the strong brand with a good reputation
What to buy: Food and Drink, Gifts
What to pay: depend
For typical Russian souvenirs, one of the best locations is Ulitsa Arbatskaya. It is a long street that has stalls and stands with loads of Russian souvenirs.
A place where they sell all kinds of t-shirts is the north-west entrance of warehouse GOEM next to the Red Square. I bought there a t-shirt of the metro of Moscow
This huge mall was built under Manezhnya Square shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. You'll find all kinds of shops, a food court and an internet place here.
What to buy: anything
What to buy: Food and Drink, Home Furnishing, Clothes and Shoes, Sporting Goods, Computers and Electronics, Jewelry, Music, Bath and Beauty, Flowers, Toys and Games