Karelia Market: All Under One Roof
This is quite a big building and covers 3 floors filled with a wide range of outlets offering almost every product under the sun you would care to mention. Also there is a currency exchange booth here as well. Down on the ground floor can be found a small cafe offering quite excellent food and drink with a selection of puddings as well ;-)
What to buy: Anything and Everything, All tastes catered for across all three floors
What to pay: look around the prices vary between outlets within the main building
Kiosk's: Shopping Russian Style
All over Russia you will find Kiosks similar to this that will sell a wide variety of products, from fresh food, to newspapers, novety toys, make-up etc. Sometimes you can enter and browse the displays.Other times you must purchase your selections through a small window after first asking and then paying for the relevant items
What to pay: Product Prices vary from Kiosk to Kiosk
Various Shops all around: Simply shopping is easier now
There are more and more western style shops for purchasing food now, where you simply grab a basket and tour the shop selecting your food. Then take it to the check out. No more is it required for you to remember the names, prices and quanity of the items you require, so that you may pay for them first. For people just learning russian or with no knowledge of russian at all . This believe me is a godsend and can save you from starving. LOL. Of course there are still plenty of the more normal shops around as well should you fancy practicing your memory and word skills.
Chudochestvennyj Salon: Traditional Carelian and Russian souvernirs
In this shop you can find both traditional souvernirs, but also arts made by local artists. Prices are good aswell as service.
What to buy: Carelian embroidered tablecloths etc.
What to pay: Depends on what you want. You can spend from 6 to 60 USD on an embroidered cloth for a table for 8 people.
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