Want to buy souvenirs?
You don't even have to go one step from the Red square, art and commerce go hand by hand now
(The poster on the former Lenin museum, which was before that the Moscow Duma and is now the Museum of the Year 1812 war, says '1000 years - Russians and Germans together')
(The white portic on the left is the Museum of Archeology)
What to buy Wooden dolls, fur hats, woolen shawls, 'CCCP' t-shirts - everything a tourist wants to spend his hard-earned money on
What to pay Expensive - take into account the location
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
All photos - courtesy GUM
See my GUM travelogue, too :)
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
Although Russian craft brewing scene is mostly concentrated in St Petersburg, you can taste IPAs and stouts from Russian microbreweries in Moscow. Not in bars, they mostly offer mainstream Russian and imported brands.
GlavPivMag (ÃëàâÏèâÌàã) – a beer shop near Novokuznetskaya metro station (very central location) looks similar to other Moscow’s draft beers shops that sell in plastic bottles (1, 1.5, and 2 liters) but has a unique craft selection. About 20 beers on tap and a few bottled ones are always available at moderate price. «On tap» here means that a counterman fills a plastic bottle from keg and you take it home.
What to buy Hoppy and bitter ales seem to be bestsellers and there are usually 4-5 IPAs/APAs. Some of them boast extreme bitterness, for example RedRum IPA from AF Brew with 123 IBU (!) - Russian beer geeks are thirsty for hoppy and bitter drink not generally available before recently. Some nice stouts are always available on tap, however don’t expect thick nitrogen foam. There is also a selection of fine blonde and dark lagers, most of them taste rich and hoppy compared to Russian bottled lagers. Lagers and stouts range doesn’t change much but new ales arrive quite often. Belgian style ales are rare guests. Weizens don’t really impress.
All above are on tap. Bottled selection is not that rich – just a few ales/stouts from Russian micros, some of them expensive in Champaign-style bottles and a few lagers including Ukrainian and Belorussian (no other imported beers except for them). Traditional beer snacks like dried fish available.
Eugeny, the owner is always present at the counter himself, friendly and helpful. Prepare to stand in a queue for some time if you come in the evening. You can have half liter of any beer in a plastic glass to quench your thirst immediately.
What to pay Not overpriced. 150-300 rub per liter.
This plaice is small and modest and belong to church.
Street itself is must see in Moscow . It has very interesting history- it's one of the first streets in Moscow, was founded before 11 centery. In 11 centery British embassy located there.
What to buy Pretty good choise of Russian souvenirs with very reasonable price.
Open 12pm - 7pm daily
What to pay from $3
The big shopping center "European" near to the Kiev station. Here in such centers modern teenagers likes to spend time. Many various little shops and small cafes. ice skating rink, bowling and other entertainments.
Trade center "European" is very popular among well-paid citizens. It has great location, wide range of goods, 8 floors, 500 shops. Prices higher than average.
Also cinema, supermarket, electronics store, food court.
The square is in touristic field as southern trains arrive to Kievskaya train station and boat trips start from moorage. In center of square stands monument in honour of friendship with Eupore with all their flags. There is small park with benches where you can have a rest, snack and wait for your boat. Big Dorogomilovskaya street leads from trade center "European" to Old Arbat street. You can see the White house from its bridge. Glass pedestrian bridge (another one) is extremely beautiful in night illumination.
Beware of gypsies at public parking. Their children are very curious about money in your pockets while their mother predicting your fortune.
What to buy If you are coming from tropic countries in winter, you may discover that you are frozen in your warmest clothes. Looking for another winter outfit I combed 3 molls and finally found the best proposal here.
What to pay $400 for white fox topcoat, $200 for fur jackboots. High quality.
Wide variety of jewelry from diffirent cultures: Slavonian, Siberian, Celtic, Indian, Chineese, Scandinavian. Also music, talons, runes, knives, posters, pipes.
They look like been found in archeological excavations. Highest quality for reasonable price.
You can book goods to be sure that they will be available.
What to buy Ethnic crafts from silver, bronze, leather, wood. I buy them as presents for female colleagues at big holidays. Next will be Valkyrie sign for my birthday. Yeah, I know, it's man's amulet.
What to pay $50 for neck amulets. All range of goods $5-1000.
Sometimes I look for really unusual stuff for presents.
If you consider tzar's and soviet eras outdated, look at this catalogue in English: store.artlebedev.com/
Variety of goods from $15 fridge magnets to $200 smart gadgets.
Artemiy Lebedev is the most famous russian web-designer who also entertains himself by constructing these things. He also posesses several cafes though I haven't tried them yet.
What to buy Modern souvenirs
What to pay $50
If you google Eliseev Gastronom (Tverskaya 14), you will find lots of information. To save you time look at these photos – it’s over 110 years old now.
Depending on how much time you have you may then walk down Tverskaya street to the Red square and the Kremlin. If you have one of those fancy smartphones, make use of QR codes on the walls of the buildings. Sometimes they accompany an outdoor picture gallery.
What to buy Food - if you can afford it.
Or just take pictures.
The GUM "State Department Store" was built between 1890 and 1893. The building consists of three parallel 3-storey arcades with galleries.
It mainly houses a wide variety of foreign stores and designer boutiques of western brand names. Afdter the perestroika most of the brands were keen on this prestigious address for their flagship store in Russia.
On the top level you find many fast food restaurants. For more details please read my "Restaurant Tips".
The GUM is located on the north eastern side of Red Square (Metro: Okhotny Ryad).
Address: GUM, Krasnaya ploshchad 3, Moscow
I found it quite interesting to browse through Russian bookshops. Besides a wide variety of books, they often also have a selection of CDs, DVDs, calendars and small souvenirs.
The largest bookshop in Moscow is probably "Dom Knigi" (House of Books). It is located at the street ul. Noviy Arbat 8 (Metro: Arbatskaya).
Another well known and centrally located bookshop is "Moskva Knigi" (Moscow Books) at the street ul. Tverskaya 8 (Metro: Tverskaya).
Dom Knigi - Website: http://www.mdk-arbat.ru/
Moscow Books - Website: http://www.moscowbooks.ru/
"Eliseevsky" Store was build long time before the revolution 1917 (opened in 1901) and was the best in Moscow even in soviet time. The name " Gastronom #1" was not used, as the moscovites called it "Elissevsky".
Store is considered to be the first one in Moscow till now.
In the museum interiors of the beginning of the last century a splendid chosen assortment of food, various articles of own production are introduced, also a department of Russian souvenirs is opened.
A lot of people attend "Eliseevsky" every day, the other come here as if for some excursion and the administrators and shop-assistants who had special training are ready to answer all your questions.
What to buy Assortment of bread, pies, cakes, fancy cakes, exclusive hand-made chocolate from the own sweet-shop strike.
"Eliseevsky" Store offers plenty of ready dishes: borsch in Moscow way, salad boyarsky, sturgeon in aspic, faintly-salted salmon, baked carp, chicken-roll with prunes and cheese, mushrooms marinated, freshly-salted cucumbers etc.
What to pay Depend