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  • Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor
    Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor
    by Odiseya
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    Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor: Grandiouse like City itself

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor

    Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor is oldest and largest department store in City. It has a long tradition over 250 years.
    Russian: Большой Гостиный Двор in literary translation "Guests' Court" is a like Turkish bazaars. It contain a different independent shops and cafe bar. Construction of the building took over twenty years, from 1761 to 1785, by the vision of Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe.

    On the first floor you can find caviar, souvenirs, shoes, music and cosmetics. On the second floor is various shops with clothes, designed boutiques, toys, and fur hats.

    Working hours is from 10 pm till 10 am every day.

    What to buy: Various products from postcards to cloths.

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    Department Stores: Passage shopping mall

    by sennaya Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The most elegant shopping center on Nevsky Prospect is the Passage Shopping Center.
    Located across from Gostiniy Dvor.
    Inisde are two stories of upscale stores in an elegant architectural setting. It reminds you of GUM mall in Moscow (Near Red Square) but about 1/2 the size.

    What to buy: Nice gifts and clothes

    What to pay: The sky is the limit :) But you can find good deals too. It used to be know only for being very expensive, but some shops are quite competitive.

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    Bolshoy Gostiniy Dvor: Gostiniy Dvor Oldest shopping complex

    by sennaya Updated Jan 5, 2009

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    Front of Gostiniy Dvor shopping area
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    Huge gallery of gifts at Nevsky Prospekt and Sadovaya street.
    You wander through small store after small store, well displayed and a safe place to shop.
    It is one of the oldest places to shop in St. Petersburg. Not for the lowest price, but for the fair to a bit high price.
    Clothes and fashion dominate, but you can find everything there. There is a Christmas bazaar in December and other events during the year.

    What to buy: Everything, clothes, gifts, light groceries, souvenirs...

    What to pay: Normal prices

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    Gostiniy Dvor: Shopping Mall

    by lalikes Written Oct 10, 2008

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    I blew up our curling iron so I had to hit the mall to buy another one. Prices are higher than other places in Russia but it's still a cool mall... for a mall. One level.

    What to buy: You can buy anything from high end jewelry to drills.

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    Department Stores: The Moskovsky Department Store

    by Zirpsis Written Jun 20, 2008
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    This is a mall in the outskirts of St. Petersburg. It takes about 25 mins by metro to get there from the Vosstaniya Square. There are two buildings on opposite sides of the street but only the lower levels are shops. There are also many small shops at this area.

    What to pay: The prices are much more reasonable here than downtown.

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    Gostiny Dvor: Gostiny Dvor

    by Zirpsis Updated Jun 20, 2008

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    A Modern shopping mall

    This is a huge mall in an old, renovated building at the heart of St. Petersburg. Also some coffeehouses to sit and rest your feet. You need to practise your Russian because they don't necessarily speak any other language here. This time too, the service was stunningly arrogant and it seems to be the rule here that the customer is a nuisance. Heh-heh, despite all that, we managed to get our cakes and coffees alright, and they tasted heavenly.

    What to buy: You can buy here anything from clothes and shoes to furniture and kitchen ware etc.

    What to pay: The prices are not very cheap and most people are just window shopping (it seemed to me)

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    Grand Palace Shopping Center: Grand Palace Shopping Center

    by sennaya Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    Beautiful atrium with shops around on 5 levels
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    Newer center next to Passage, It has two enters:from Nevsky and on the next street, Italianskaya, just a block off arts square and the Russian Museum.
    It takes over the reputation for elite shopping that used to be associated with Passage. Very nice european shops in a new modernly elegant center.
    It has a large atrium with an open feeling and a restuarant in the lower and a higher levels and also a cafe all around the 5th floor with nice views and skylights.

    There are convenient excalators and 3 elevators, finally an architect that understand that people need help to go up and down the levels! They have the best up and down services of all the best malls in St. Petersburg!

    What to buy: Mostly clothes, shoes, furs and purses :)

    What to pay: These are generally the best imported goods at top prices :)

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    Grand Canyon Shopping Mall: Grand Canyon Shopping Mall

    by sennaya Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    Enrance to grand Canyon Mall
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    The Grand Canyon Shopping Mall opened In Feb.11, 2006 as the largest Shopping Mall in the St. Petersburg area. It is close to metro and has all the big russian chain stores, including Savage started by Dom-2 TV show as well as other european lines.
    There is a long restaurant row by an indoor riverwalk,
    A large food court with everything EXCEPT McDonalds,
    A Cinema, a big electronic game zone called Crazy Park,
    and a big grocery Nasch Gipermarket.
    The prototype of the interior is a Grand Canyon in USA.

    Working hours: mon-sun, 10-22.

    What to buy: Enjoy the walk, window shop and have a cup of coffee. You can buy most any kind of clothes there.

    What to pay: Normal and higher

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    Nevsky Coliseum: Nevsky Coliseum big mall!

    by sennaya Written Dec 23, 2007
    Coliseum Replica and Riviera sea in St. Petersburg

    A 2-story replica of the Roman Coliseum with 100,000 sq ft of shopping space opens in 2008 in north St. Petersburg.
    It will eclipse the Grand Canyon as the largest mall and also compete with it.
    It is another of a string of centers built along the loop road hoping to capitalize on the growth of the city in the north.

    It has an Italian flavor with Italian restaurants and Italian style street walks.

    This center has a big business center and 120-room Hotel as well.
    Come to St. Peterburg and live in the mall!

    What to buy: Choose from 220 stores, or better yet, go the the 20,000 sq ft Riverier sea and beach, or walk in the venice-themed streets. If all else fails, go to the cinema.

    In russia people spend 70% of their income on goods. In America, 70% is spent on housing. Many Russian families got housing from the government in 1991 when everything was privatized with the end of the Soviet government.

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    Apraksin Dvor Large shopping zone: Apraksin Dvor for best prices

    by sennaya Written May 16, 2007

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    Busy bargain hunting- Apraksin Dvor

    A bit rougher shopping zone on Sadovaya Street hs long been the place to go for better prices. Many foreign vendors. Watch out for unscrupulous characters and guard your wallet. Not recommended for the tourist to go alone.
    A misture of indoor shops and outside bazaar. You can get lost in the maze of shops.

    Built in the 1700s of wood buildings, it burned in1782.

    it was rebuilt in 1863 with a desing by Geronimo Corsini. This design exists today and is under constant renovation.
    There are probably 1000 shops there now.

    What to buy: Clothing, shoes, hats and most anything :)

    What to pay: Haggle for bargains, watch your pockets!

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    Gostiny Dvor: a historical department store

    by call_me_rhia Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Gostiny Dvor, outside

    Gostiny Dvor is a historical department store... scenically located on Nevskji prospekt. It dates back to the 18th century and it is supposed to be the city's oldest and largest shopping centre. Gostiny Dvor means "Merchants' Hotel"and in the past it was a trading post with sleeping quarters from out of town merchants. Inside, today, you can find 10 indoor streets and about 200 shops: easy to get lost - but fun.

    What to buy: There's everything inside... but it's more interesting to see it for its architecture

    What to pay: Everything is slightly overpriced

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    Passazh - arcade: Passazh - arcade

    by sue_stone Updated Oct 13, 2005

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    the glass room of the arcade

    Running off Nevsky Prospekt is a small shopping arcade called Passazh.

    Extending around 500 metres, with a fabulous glass roof, this has been an arcade since the mid 1800’s.

    What to buy: Here you can browse for clothing, jewellery and other niceties.

    To be honest I didn't think there was much in the way of exciting shopping here....but it is well worth a look, and you never know, you may find a bargain....or at least take a photo!

    What to pay: Looked pretty pricey to me

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    Stockmann: There's no getting away

    by sinoda Written Jun 14, 2004
    stockmann

    Now, how would you feel?

    going abroad and finding your own city's department store there...

    Wasn't inside, but it sure is a nice store back home, but, but...

    this world is small

    What to buy: lots

    What to pay: quite expensive here too, I guess

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    Gostiny Dvor: everything available at Gostiny Dvor

    by Audrey118 Written Jun 1, 2004

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    You ride the metro and stop at Nevsky Pkt and you can get into the GD mall immediately.

    Opens 9 am to 9 pm

    What to buy: I found most of the souveniers here extremely well priced - better than the flea market, and they have very nice ones to cheap ones as well...caters for all markets. Only thing is it only accepts rubles. and it is horrible to change money here...there is a money changer at one end of the mall at the ground level, but before you can get there, there are lots of locals offering better rates...scary!!! This end is where there is lots of viedo game shop. And the other end has a small convenient store to stock up vodka, n i bought some chocolate coated preserved strawberries here. There is a pizza shop and also public toilets for 10 rubles.

    Upstairs is more upscale - they have all the international lables for designer wear.

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    Dom Knigi (Book House): Russian 'Foyles'

    by gussymons Written Jul 4, 2003
    Tolstoi's notebook from Dom Knigi

    This is the premiere bookshop in St.Petersburg which has 3 or 4 levels and stocks Russian language books as well as some in English and presumably in other major languages.

    Come here for your dictionaries, gifts and rare books unavailable in the West.

    What to buy: Any Russian books which aren't widely available in the West, such as Krillov's fables.

    What to pay: 35 rub. for the Lev Tolstoi reminiscences.

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