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Department stores and shopping centres

Apparel, footwear, perfumery and other products of global brands are more expensive in Russia than elsewhere in Europe, while local manufacturers usually offer lower prices and, at times, good quality.

Unlike many other big cities, Moscow does not have a certain shopping street or area. Department stores, shopping centres and boutiques are scattered around the city.

Most department stores and shopping centres are open seven days a week, but some of them may be closed or open later than usual on public holidays.

An easy way to drain your wallet in is to visit Moscow’s “Bermuda Triangle” – GUM, TsUM and the Central Kid’s Store, all located close to the major tourist attractions.

GUM is the Main Department Store facing Red Square. The store houses about 150 shops including a supermarket offering caviar and Kamchatka crabmeat among other yummies. Even if you are not in a shopping mood, visit GUM just to have a look at its impressive interior, try their signature ice cream sold from kiosks on the ground floor and nip to their historical loo.

Opening hours: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

3 Red Square. Metro Okhotny Ryad (line 1, red,) Teatralnaya (line 2, green) or Ploshchad Revolyutsii (line 3, navy blue.)

gumPeople are queuing for GUM’s signature ice cream.

TsUM is the Central Department Store near Bolshoi Theatre. The store is focused on luxury products. A turtleneck here may cost over RUR 100,000, the price of a leather jewellery box (empty!) is more than RUR 150,000 while some items cost millions of roubles.

Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday: from 10.00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday: from 11.00 a.m. to 10p.m.

2 Petrovka Street. Metro Okhotny Ryad (line 1, red,) Teatralnaya (line 2, green) or Ploshchad Revolyutsii (line 3, navy blue.)

The Central Kid's Store on Lubyanskaya Square is Moscow’s biggest shopping mall focused on goods for kids including an impressive Hamleys toys collection. The store also features the world’s largest Lego model. Climb the observation deck on the roof of the store for a partial view of the central Moscow. The store also houses many descent eateries, both for children and adults.

Opening hours: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

5/1 Teatralnyy Proezd. Metro Lubyanka (line 1, red.)

Detsky Mir (Детский мир) is the largest Moscow’s retailer of goods for children with dozens of outlets in the city. Their flagship store is located at 10 Vozdvizhenka Street near metro stations Arbatskaya (line 3, navy blue) or Bilblioteka Imeni Lenina (line 1, red.)

Evropeisky shopping centre near Kievsky train terminal tops the list of Moscow’s shopping malls in terms of stores number – over 300 companies have their outlets there. The mall is located not far from the city centre.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday and Sunday: from 10.00 a.m. to 10p.m.; Friday and Saturday: from 10.00 a.m. to 11 p.m.

2 Ploshad Kievskogo Vokzala. Metro Kievskaya (line 3 navy blue, line 4, light blue, or line 5, brown.)

One of the advantages of Okhotny Ryad shopping centre is its location on Manezhnaya Square, a stone's throw from the Kremlin.

Opening hours: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

1c2 Manezhnaya Square. Metro Okhotny Ryad (line 1, red,) Teatralnaya (line 2, green) or Ploshchad Revolyutsii (line 3, navy blue.)

Tsvetnoy Central Market occupies renovated premises of a former farmers market. Now it is a trendy store with several restaurants and cafes close to the heart of the city.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: from 10.00 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: from 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. 15, Tsvetnoy Boulevard. Metro Tsvetnoy Boulevard (line 9, grey) or Trubnaya (line 10, bright green.)

Sportmaster (Спортмастер) is the largest Russian chain of sport and leisure stores with dozens of outlets in Moscow mostly located at shopping centres.

Know-how (Ноу Хау) chain is the gadgets’ market leader in Moscow, though numerous other shops also sell phones, tablets, sim-cards and accessories. Avoid buying such products in the street.

Most other shopping centres as well as IKEA, Auchan and other hypermarkets are located at residential areas or beyond the beltway.



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