Shopping in Russia

Today Russia is becoming an increasingly large shopping market offering great opportunities for genuine shopaholics, both local and international. Every single Russian city offers a number of malls and hypermarkets with a wide range of high quality products for any budget. Though many shops are open till late hours (9-10 pm), the weekend is the best time for family shopping, therefore almost all large malls in Russia offer cinema halls, playgrounds for children, food supermarkets and food courts, so the families can use a shopping center as a one stop shop and spend the whole day there.

Despite large malls which are mostly located in the outskirts, one can find numerous fashion boutiques in the central streets and fashion quarters of the cities offering brand clothes, shoes, jewellry, make-up products, etc.

There is no way denying the fact that Russians are among those who like luxurious brands and exclusively designed clothes. The tendency of good looking has produced a new way of shopping in Russia with a personal stylist, which is a great opportunity for businessmen that helps to save time and choose the right clothes of the latest trends for work or casual wardrobe. It's the ultimate shopping convenience. The corresponding shopping tours to mostfashionable destinations abroad are also popular. Russians believe the best quality leather jackets can be found in Turkey, the best furs in Greece and Italy, best perfume and brand clothing in France, etc. Despite the deep love for foreign brands, Russians are getting more and more attached to young Russian designers who produce unique clothes with fresh ideas and extraordinary style that can be made even personally upon request for any size and budget.

Today busy office workers in large Russian cities spend more time for internet shopping, thus getting used to buying online. However, the authentic human interest to try and examine the goods definitely prevails and does not let Russian customers fully switch to online shopping. 

While in Moscow, the tourists are welcome at the central mall GUM located in the very heart of the city at the Read Square, and TSUM near the Bolshoy Theatre. Eliseevsky supermarket is also very popular for chocolate, caviar and other Russian specialities presents and souvenirs. A wide variety of souvenirs can be found in Old Arbat Street, among them are traditional Gzhel porcelain, Matryoshka wooden dolls hidden inside each other, Khokhloma wooden souvenirs, Vologda lace, Faberge Eggs, gem jewellry and other traditional souvenirs made with love to keep the warm memories about your stay in Russia.

Important note: the payment in Russia is accepted both by credit card and in cash, and the only currency accepted in shops is Russian rouble.