Shopping in Moscow, Russia
The number and variety of shops in Moscow are huge – so many that the city hardly seems to have lived for so long under the rules of communism. Walking through the center of the Russian capital, visitors will find shopping malls, large and luxurious department stores and entire streets dedicated to consumption, a real delight for those who do not miss the chance to do some good shopping.
In general, shops in the city center usually operate daily, from 9 am to 6 pm – remembering that establishments further away from the center may close for lunch. Malls usually open at around 10 am and close at around 10 pm. Check abbreviationfinder.org for abbreviations and acronyms related to Moscow, Russia.
It is good to know that in large department stores and on certain streets of the city you will find prices that are not very attractive and often even more expensive than in several European cities. G famous riffs and electronic items are examples. In more popular establishments, such as the souvenir shops on Rua Arbat, it is possible to buy various items, such as the famous Russian dolls (Matrioshka), at more affordable prices. See countryaah.com for more information about Moscow, Russia.
Check out our selection of the best shopping points in Moscow and good shopping below!
Shopping GUM (ГУМ)
The windows on the outside of the beautiful building denounce: the GUM shop (ГУМ, in Russian) is one of the most famous consumption temples in Moscow. The beautiful building, which sits on a portion of Red Square, right in front of the Kremlin walls, is difficult to ignore, even if the intention is not to buy any of the luxury items sold there.
Before entering the enclosure, pay attention to every detail of the stunning facade and, when passing through one of the access doors, be sure to admire the beautiful glass ceiling designed by engineer V. Shukhov.
The tip for those who have time is to sit in one of the local cafes, like Illy (on the second floor), for example, and have a good Italian cappuccino accompanied by a slice of pie. An excellent (and not expensive!) Way to admire the architecture and decoration of the place. Some restaurants can also be found at GUM, such as Bosco Cafe (click here to see our post).
The GUM mall opens daily from 10 am to 10 pm. More information on the website.
How to get there: metro / station Ploshchad Revolyutsii.
Krasnaya Ploshchad, Moscow
Telephone: +7 (495) 788-4343
Okhotny Ryad Shopping Center
In Moscow you will find a lot of high street shops, but shopping centers are also quite common there – in addition, of course, they are an excellent option during the winter. Located opposite the Alexandre Gardens, Okhotny Ryad is a mall with several stores, some of them very popular, such as Zara, Adidas and G-star. There, visitors will also find restaurants and fast food restaurants, such as McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC.
How to get there: one of the entrances to the mall faces the Alexandre Gardens. Metro / station Biblioteka Imeni Lenina.
Manezhnaya, pl.1, Moscow
Telephone: (+7) 495 737 84 49
A true paradise for shopping enthusiasts, this street in Moscow houses in its 19th century buildings several shopping options and also some hotels.
One of the most famous addresses in the area is the Tsum shopping mall (ЦУМ, in Russian), a beautiful Russian department store where you will find several world famous brands such as Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, among others.
How to get there: subway / Teatralnaya station.
Arbat Street (Арбат)
Restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, music, art… this is Arbat Street, one of the oldest addresses in Moscow, where visitors will find a lot of movement, both during the day and at night. The entire length of the street, reserved for pedestrians only, is worth exploring. In addition to some old buildings, there are also some museums, such as the House of Alexander Pushkin, considered one of the greatest Russian poets of all time.
Opened in 1986, the museum, housed in a beautiful blue-colored mansion, gathers photos, manuscripts, among several other objects that belonged to the writer and his wife. Pushkin’s house opens from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (on Wednesdays, during the summer, from noon to 9 pm); the museum closes on the last Friday of each month.
How to get there: metro / Arbatskaya or Smolenskaya stations.
Tverskaya Street (Тверская улица)
Close to Red Square – about a 1.5 km walk – is the busy Tverskaya, a street renovated during the Soviet period and which today brings together a series of famous shops, bars and restaurants, museums / theaters, beautiful buildings, among other attractions.
Zara and Nespresso are some of the brands found at this point in Moscow, in addition to restaurants, such as the popular My My (check out the post here), a great suggestion for those who don’t want to spend a lot on food.
How to get there: on foot, from Red Square, or by metro / Tverskaya or Mayakovskaya stations.
Ulitsa Tverskaya, Moscow