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
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.
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. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage men's cardigans.
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
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
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 /
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
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
Ulitsa Tverskaya, Moscow