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Moscow Travel Guide
7 Best Things To Do in Moscow
Updated February 11, 2021
Art, museums and history reign supreme in Moscow, one of the most pristinely and magnificently preserved cities. This beautiful walking city is also recommended for couples. Here you can stroll through 15th-century cathedrals, explore Russian
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Red Square Red Square free
One of the world's most famous public squares, the Red Square sits at the physical center of Moscow and is considered the symbolic center of all of Russia. Bluntly speaking, Red Square is a must-see in the city. Allot a decent amount of time to take in the views, capture them on your camera and to just soak in the atmosphere of the place.
You'll find the Red Square is bordered by the massive GUM shopping mall on the east, St. Basil's Cathedral on the south, the State Historical Museum on the north and Lenin's Mausoleum on the west.
Tretyakov Gallery Tretyakov Gallery
Many say the Tretyakov Gallery features the best collection of Russian fine art in the world. This museum is filled to the brim with masterpieces ranging from the 11th century to the 20th century. The gallery is actually comprised of two buildings, often referred to as the "Old Tretyakov" and the "New Tretyakov."
If you make time for only one museum in Moscow, make sure it's this one. Frommer's says, "This collection of masterpieces awes both newcomers to Russian art and connoisseurs." With works from Russian icons like Vrubel and Kadinsky dotted throughout the museum, you could easily find yourself whiling away the whole day here.
St. Basil's Cathedral St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral, also known by its much longer title as the Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat , is the most iconic landmark in Russia. It's located in Red Square , immediately recognizable by its unique bonfire-style design.
Built in the mid-16th century under the orders of Ivan the Terrible himself, (a popular legend says he had the architect blinded to prevent him from duplicating the beauty) St. Basil's Cathedral is most known for its vibrantly colored onion domes. Frommer's says the cathedral is "essentially a union of nine different churches and styles, and nine different chapels, beneath nine domes, each unique in size, form, and color."
Cathedral of Christ the Savior Cathedral of Christ the Savior free
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is located along the bank of the Moscow River and only a few blocks away from the Kremlin . Tourists come to the cathedral for its impressive architecture and design, as well as for its equally impressive (and strange) history.
The cathedral was originally built to commemorate the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812 and to honor the soldiers who gave their lives fighting him. Then in 1931, Stalin had the structure dynamited to make room for his Palace of the Soviets project -- an ambitious skyscraper (it would have been the tallest structure in the world) that never materialized. Instead, the site was transformed in 1958 into the Moscow Pool, one of the largest public swimming pools in the world. The pool closed in 1994 and the cathedral was rebuilt in its place in 1997.
Moscow Kremlin Moscow Kremlin
Often referred to simply as "The Kremlin," this fortress is located in the center of Moscow, off of the Red Square . It is the most well known of the Kremlins (Russian citadels) and serves as the official residence of the Russian President. The Kremlin encompasses four cathedrals, four palaces and a number of towers.
One of the major highlights here is the Armory Palace, one of the city's oldest museums. The Armory Palace was originally the royal Russian arsenal where weapons were produced and stored. It wasn't until the early 1800s that it was converted into a museum. Now, it showcases Western European, Asian and Russian weapons and armor, as well as several collections of work from goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewelers. Don't miss the Fabergé egg exhibit.
Lenin's Mausoleum Lenin's Mausoleum free
Lenin's Mausoleum is located in Red Square and is probably one of the stranger tourist attractions you'll ever come across. It contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, a disturbing site that has been on display almost every day since his death in 1924.
Lonely Planet says, "Whether for the creepiness value or an interest in mummification, the granite tomb of Lenin is a must-see, especially since (if some people get their way) the former leader may eventually end up beside his mum in St Petersburg." Apparently, the Bolsheviks leader made a specific request to be buried alongside his mother before he died.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is located on Volkhonka Street across from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior . It houses the largest collection of European art in Moscow, and it was named in honor of one of Russia's premier poets, Alexander Pushkin.
You don't go here to read sonnets, though. Instead, you should look to find art spanning a wide range of eras and movements, from ancient Greece to the Renaissance to French Impressionism. Masterpieces from the likes of Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso and Van Gogh easily make this museum deserving of a visit.
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17 Exciting Things to do in Moscow
Written By: Linda Voltaire
Updated On: December 21, 2022
Visiting Russia? These are the top 17 things to do in Moscow to help you plan your trip.
If the western world has New York City , the first great metropolis on the eastern side of our planet is Moscow. A huge city with a complicated and impressive history, Moscow gets a bad rep over Russian politics – but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. Capital to the largest country in the world, Moscow takes the grandeur of its standing very seriously.
This is a place where luxury is king and where opulence takes a front seat in every aspect of life. The buildings are grand and imposing, the parks are luscious and enormous, and even the subway stations look different in Moscow than anywhere else in the world.
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Best Things to do in Moscow, Russia
Walking around Moscow is also going through the tumultuous history of the 20th century, which had Russia as one of its main protagonists. There are fascinating remains of these times everywhere in the former Soviet capital, from the gorgeous Seven Sisters skyscrapers to the Orthodox cathedrals that were closed for the better part of a century. Still, Moscow is also a completely modern city, with a vibrant social and party scene, incredible restaurants, and some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.
After living in Russia’s capital as an ex-pat for four years, I got the privilege to experience not only the main attractions in Moscow but also the everyday life in this huge city and quickly found my sweat spots off the beaten tracks! So here is my list of my top 17 things to do in this exciting metropolis!
Attractions in Moscow
When visiting a famous city like this one, it’s a must to go through the most iconic landmarks first. Moscow has plenty of those, most of them in the center of the city, which is very well-planned for tourists.
1. The Red Square, Kremlin & Surrounding Area
No place tells the story of Moscow’s power in the past century the way the Red Square does. This is where the biggest political meetings in the USSR occurred for many decades, and you can feel the power on each step.
Here, you’ll also find the historic museum at the entrance, showcasing the decades of history behind this iconic landmark. The Lenin Mausoleum, perhaps the most famous resting place in the world and home to the remains of the former communist leader, is also here.
On one side of the Red Square you’ll find the Kremlin, the fortified complex that now hosts the presidential residence. This is also home to the most iconic of all Moscovite landmarks: St. Basil’s Cathedral, a 16th-century marvel of colors. This is the best spot to take a selfie and show the world you’ve reached the Russian capital!
- Get your Kremlin Skip the Line Tickets and Kremlin tour here.
- Free cancellation up to 24-hours in advance of the tour.
2. Bolshoi Theatre
You can easily spend a couple of days just exploring the Moscovite city centre, and the Bolshoi Theatre should be your second stop. Walk past the Red Square and then head to the nearby Bolshoi Theatre, one of the oldest and most renowned houses of opera and ballet on Earth.
Visit for the impressive early 19th-century architecture, but if you’re seeing a ballet performance, make sure you book between 3 and 6 months in advance! I can strongly recommend this as it is a truly unique experience!
- Book a private 2-hour tour of the legendary Bolshoi Theatre.
- See the presidential box reserved for tzars, watch a rehearsal and skip the lines through a separate entrance.
- Free Cancellation up to 24-hours in advance.
3. Luxury Shopping at GUM and TSUM
While many might think of Moscow as the sad place with the long bread queues from the USSR days, it’s been quite the capitalist haven for a while.
If you’re up for some shopping, you’ll find one of the biggest luxury malls in town, TSUM, right behind the Bolshoi and GUM, at the red square. GUM is the most famous department store in town, where you’ll find luxury everywhere and all high-end brand.
All in an imposing late 19th-century building with lots of history, worth a visit just for the design, its bridges and the glass roof even though you are not up for shopping!
4. Christ the Savior Cathedral
A newer addition to the gorgeous Moscovite cathedrals and my grandeur neighbor during my years in the city Don’t let the young age of this building fool you. After the perestroika in the early 90s, the newly revived Russian Orthodox Church received permission to build a cathedral on this site. They did the location honors and built the largest temple of the Christian Orthodox Church.
The façade is as grand as you’d expect, but it’s the inside that will mesmerize you, with its domes as tall as the skies in bright gold and gorgeous paintings and decor! Bring a shawl to cover your hair to adjust to the local tradition.
Head to the back of the cathedral and you will find one of the most photographed bridges in Moscow, the Patriarshiy Most. This is the perfect spot to get a good view and photo of the cathedral but also to see the Kreml and Gorky Park from a distance. Or why not just enjoy a moment watching the river and its boats!
- Get around Moscow with ease using the Hop On Hop Off boat and Bus ticket. 24, 48 or 72-hour tickets available.
5. Gorky Park
Cross the river and head to Gorky Park along the Moscow river. The most famous green area in town, similar to New York ’s Central Park and the weekend hangout for locals. There are many beautiful parks in the city, but if you’re only visiting for a few days, this is the unmissable one!
With fair attractions to entertain children, beautiful artificial lakes and gardens, and lots of outdoor activities, it’s a lovely place to relax. A place of rest in the middle of the metropolis. The area in front of the New Tretyakov Gallery & the Muzeon Park of Arts is actually one of my favorite oasis as a bit more quiet and peaceful than Gorky itself.
Why not spend some time in the museum to get a great tour of Russia’s history through art or just enjoy the art exhibition outside where local artists spend their weekends.
6. River Cruising
One of the best ways to experience Moscow is from the Moscow River. There are many stops for the boats and one is just next to Gorky Park. See the city from another perspective – and turn the ride into a romantic one by taking the evening cruise. Moscow is magic during the night.
If you’re looking for a truly luxurious experience, take the Radisson Blu cruise – or the Erwin for a delicious seafood dinner. Both stop at Gorky or at the luxury Radisson Royal Hotel, set in one of the Seven Sister’s skyscrapers.
- We use Get Your Guide when booking city tours and they offer a River Sightseeing Cruise seeing all the main tourist attractions in Moscow
7. Metro Hopping
First inaugurated in the 1930s, the Moscow subway system is one of the oldest in the world, and certainly the most beautiful. Started under Stalinist times, each metro station is dedicated to grandeur and oozing personality.
Visiting the subway stops is an attraction in and of itself, and Komsomolskaya, Mayakovskaya, Kropotkinskaya are my favorites. Those surrounding the Red Square are also mesmerizing – in general, these are kind of like underground palaces.
Most of the signs at the Moscow Metro now have Latin letters, so it’s very easy to get around!Unfortunately, the trains are not as beautiful and pleasant as the stations but still, this is a true Moscow experience. Take a guided tour of the 9 most beautiful Metro Stations including the award-winning art deco station. See more details here.
8. Arbatskaya & Artsy Moscow
Novy Arbat Street is one of the most touristy areas in the city, with lots of shops and cafés directed at visitors. When you walk a little beyond, you’ll find a different part of town, where the hip scene thrives because so many artists live in the area. Just follow the small streets with fewer tourists!
9. Moscow State University View
In his effort to create a grander Moscow, Stalin had seven skyscrapers built in different parts of town; they’re called the Seven Sisters. The largest of these buildings hosts the main building of the Moscow State University, one of the most prestigious colleges in Russia – and the one with the best view.
Although this is a little outside the city centre, the sight from above is more than worth it, with the nearby fountains and park and then the whole of the city behind them.
10. Russian Market
If you love to visit markets wherever you go, Moscow has one of the most impressive ones in the world – the Izmailovsky. You can easily take the metro here and feel like you’ve been transported to another time.
This place was first built in the 16th century and retains the look of an old fairytale, with a lineup of colorful old castle. A lovely local experience beyond the confines of the bustling metropolis, where you can also try some delicious Russian barbecue.
Here, you’ll find beautiful souvenirs at great prices.
Off The Beaten Track Moscow
Once you’ve covered the most touristic spots, Moscow still has plenty to offer – and the places below will also be full of locals! Moscow is a city for hipsters, full of trendy and arty spots where you can literally feel the creativity oozing! So for some local vibes, I would strongly recommend my sweat spots below!
11. Patriarshiye Prudy
This is my favorite area in the entire city! While Moscow is generally a very noisy metropolis, Patriarch Ponds is far quieter, yet such a vibrant place. This is a very hip and trendy area making you think you are rather in Paris than in Moscow. Here the streets are narrow and full of chic eateries and clubs to see the local crowd.
A little bohemian and with an air of peace you won’t find anywhere in the city this is a great spot to spend an afternoon with your thoughts.
Barely 15 minutes away from the city center you’ll find the artsiest Moscow district: ArtPlay. For decades, this block was a factory, but it was renovated to become a hub for the arts not too long ago.
Now, you’ll find it’s full of exhibitions, showrooms and art schools – and some of the most creative people in town. Writers, painters, and young hip people use ArtPlay as a rendezvous, and you can feel the creative energy here. The industrial design with modern interior decoration is also a feast for the eyes!
13. Shopping Local Designs
If you’re into design, both international and local, you’ll find lots of cute things at Patriarshiye Prudy. Department store Podium Market is also a great spot for shopping, as a department store everywhere in town, with lots of local and international brands. There’s one in the Four Seasons Hotel next to Red Square. My favorite Moscow mall is Tsvetnoy Central Market, a cool spot with great brands, lots of inspo, and even a cute café!
14. Moscow City
Like many other great capitals of the world, for the past few decades, Moscow has hosted a super modern area full of modern skyscrapers – Moscow City. With a completely different vibe than the rest of town, it’s like a mini Dubai, with lots of impressively tall glass buildings. Here, you’ll find the best rooftops in towns, such as Ruski and Sixty they are perfect spots for dining or enjoying a glass of wine with a view. There are also a relatively new shopping mall with lots of international brands called Affimall!
Wine, Dine, and Party in Moscow
Gone are the gloomy Moscow days – cold as it might be in the winter, Russia’s capital is a place for the senses. Great food and drinks abound – and the clubs are hot, too!
15. Where to Eat in Moscow
Moscow is a great metropolis where people love to dine out, and there are endless options for delicious food. The flavors are as diverse as you’d expect from a big city, with options of fine dining and little hipster eateries.
- For traditional Russian flavors, I can’t recommend Café Pushkin, Dr. Zhivago, and Turnadot enough.
- When looking for international cuisines, Italian is always the way to go, and my local favorite is Probka.
- Fine dining is best done among the clouds at White Rabbit, with European flavors.
- As for the hip spots, you can spend a full day just eating around trendy places, from burgers to Asian fusion.
More Dining Options
- Patriarshiye Prudy offers a lot of small and classy spots with cool concepts, like breakfast restaurants I Love Cake and Fresh.
- For dinner, I love the NYC experience of Saxon & Parole, and the wonderful trendy Pins, with its delicious food and drinks.
- For delicious Asian food head to CutFish.
- Lastly, there’s a recent revival of food markets in Moscow, offering lots of great choices of international flavors at affordable places.
- Don’t miss out the Vietnamese food stand at the Danilovsky market, and everything at Usachevsky!
Big cities deserve to be seen from above, having a cocktail among the clouds. These are my recommendations for rooftop bars in Moscow.
- As I mentioned in the Moscow City section, Sixty & Ruski are two of my favorites, overlooking the newest part of town.
- White Rabbit and its fine dining is also a lovely place for a fun dinner looking down on Moscow.
- O2, in the city center, has an advantage above all others: amazing views of the Red Square.
- Buono, above the Radisson Royal Hotel, might be the most romantic rooftop hotel in town, with its candlelit setting.
- Also on the Radisson stands the Mercedes. It’s a luxurious and posh experience with delicious cocktails.
- The Sky Lounge offers a peculiar experience, mixing an old Soviet building with futuristic additions.
17. Moscow by Night
Party the night away! The city is full of bars everywhere, but there are some areas where you’ll find more than others.
- Patriarshiye Prudy has lots of hip and small clubs and great bars, including the super fun private club Clava, which has a great vibe and people from all walks of life.
- For more hipster style bars, Red October is the place to go.
- Streak is a summer favorite, with a lovely terrace to catch a beautiful sunset – plus, their mozzarella bar is delicious.
- At night, Red October lights up with clubs everywhere, including the cool rooftop one Gipsy.
- Jagger is also a great spot during summer with a more relaxed vibe in garden setting.
- For the traditional Russian luxury experience, go to SohoRooms, a whole other world including all-night go-go dancers.
There are so many things to do in Moscow at night and during the day, you definitely need several days to explore this exciting destination.
Moscow is a must-see city, a city like no other ! I hope you will enjoy this Russian metropolis as much as I did!
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10 thoughts on “17 Exciting Things to do in Moscow”
These places look so awesome! Moscow is truly a beautiful city
Very good article, you have explained so nicely. Russia has always been a part of history and its good to know about much more about architecture and other things, wish i could see the inside of façade
Thanks for sharing such a nice article.You have very beautifully explained everything that one need for a trip to Moscow.
Nice article. Love the hidden gems and graffiti art, would love to visit Artplay. Thanks for a comprehensive guide to Moscow!
Moscow is a city where the past and the future live side by side. Here we can find everything from medieval fortresses and Soviet monoliths to glass skyscrapers and innovation centers.
Your article is good and meaningful .
Thanks for sharing about ArtPlay district, we didn’t know about it and it looks amazing 🙂 Hopefully there’ll be a second time in Moscow, we visited last May and really liked the city!
Wonderful stuff! I’ve been to Moscow, but not properly – it’s a long story lol!
Anyhoo, my next thing is to fly from Berlin to Moscow and then travel from there to Beijing via the Trans-Mongolian / Trans-Siberian train. Now, if only I could just find the time …!
I hear Moscow is very beautiful at night. I hope to get out there one day. A friend of mine went to St. Petersburg and had a great experience. Despite all the tension we see on the news with Russia and other Countries like the U.S. I wonder what the sentiment is with Russians and foreigners visiting their country for tourism. Especially Americans.
that looks like quite a beautiful place. 🙂
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- Shopping In Moscow: 14 Top Places That Will Make You Believe The City Is As Classy & Chic As Milan!
The cities in Russia may not be as popular as the fashion capitals Milan and Paris, but if you go for shopping in Moscow , your opinion will change, pockets will feel lighter, and heart happier than ever. Home to both high-end brands and stylish street styles, Moscow offers just the ideal shopping therapy you might need. Though what makes shopping there a one-of-its-kind experience is the fact that the city has something for every type of a shopaholic, and never disappoints.
From chic to classy, it has got it all and we can vouch that after shopping at these 14 best places in the city, even you would agree that Moscow is as good as Milan or Paris.
14 Best Places For Shopping In Moscow
Here’s a list of 14 places for shopping in Moscow city which you must include in your bucket list. Take a look and note them down for your next Holiday to Moscow!
Located in the Red Square’s eastern side, the GUM is the most famous department stores and shopping malls in Moscow. Due to its 19th century architectural style, it looks like a royal palace and indeed offers an experience that’s no less than royalty-like. With brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Emilio Pucci, and more, you’d surely end up having the most classic shopping experience in Russia.
Timings: 10 AM to 10 PM on all the days Location: Red Square, 3, Moskva, Russia What To Buy : Apparels
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2. Arbat Street
Situated in the historical centre of the city, this is the best Moscow shopping street . From classy souvenirs to innumerable elegant stores, you’d end up finding a lot that you didn’t even want to buy in the first place. But, we can vouch that there wouldn’t be any regrets since the Arbat Street is the oldest and most popular place for cheap shopping in Moscow .
Timings: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Location: Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia What To Buy : Antique items and souvenirs
For shopping in Russia, Moscow is indeed the best place to be and TsUM proves that well. Situated on Petrovka Street, this high-end mall can be reached on foot from most of the popular tourist attractions like Red Square and the History Museum. It is home to around 1,000 brands of clothing, footwear, accessories, and cosmetics. So, if you’re on a shopping spree and wish to give your wardrobe a makeover, this is the place where you need to stop by.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM from Monday to Friday, and 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM on every Sunday Location: Petrovka Ulitsa, 2, Moskva, Russia What To Buy : Apparels, accessories and cosmetics
4. Izmailovo Market
Located near the Partizanskaya metro station, this craft, flea, art & antiquity market is undoubtedly the best place to buy Moscow souvenirs and Russian handicrafts. Classic paintings, icons, handmade items, books, fashion wear, bags, and furniture are some of the things that you can buy here. Also, if you wish to shop more and spend less, visit here between 10 to 3.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM from Monday to Friday, and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday Location: 2, Moskva, Russia What To Buy : Handicrafts and paintings
5. Kuznetsky Most
Famous for its boutiques and bookstores, Kuznetsky Most is indeed a famous shopping street in the city. From German fashion to French styles, you can find the best of everything chic here. Trendy accessories, top-notch fragrances, and elegant apparel are some of the things to look forward to if you’re visiting this popular place.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all the days Location: Ulitsa Kuznetskiy Most, Moskva, Russia What To Buy : Fragrances and apparels
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Located in the northern part of the city in the Sokol district, Aviapark Mall is one of the newly opened shops in Moscow . It has gained popularity for being the biggest mall in Europe till now and we bet you won’t be disappointed once you’re here. With innumerable high-end brands under one roof, top-notch restaurants, and cinemas, it makes for the perfect place to pamper or treat yourself.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all the days Location: Khodynskiy Bul’var, 4, Moskva, Russia What To Buy : Shoes, clothes, bags
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7. Okhotny Ryad
Okhotny Ryad is yet another popular shopping mall in Moscow , but the largest. It has innumerable brands where you would easily find everything you’d be looking for. You can go around and shop everything that you desire until you find yourself in the need for a relaxing break. And when you do, just visit this mall’s food court which will pamper the foodie in you equally.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all the days Location: Manege Square, 1, Moscow What To Buy : Bags, shoes, clothes
8. Flacon Design Factory
Once known as a perfume factory, Falcon is now an amazing place that houses high-end clothing stores, trendy local shops, classic restaurants, entertaining fairs, and more. With so much to do and see, ‘what to do in Moscow’ would never be your concern if you are spending a day at Falcon. This place is not only a great place to shop, but indeed an impeccable spot to catch a glimpse of the Russian culture & lifestyle.
Timings: Open for 24 hours Location: Bol’shaya Novodmitrovskaya Ulitsa, 36, Moskva, Russia What To Buy : Gift items
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9. Gorbushka Market
Home to a countless number of stores and stalls selling all kinds of electronics, Gorbushka in Moscow is the place to visit if you’re looking for anything like gadgets, home appliances, or cheap DVDs. While there is no significant difference in the prices, the variety is endless. Also, the CDs or DVDs sold here are mostly pirated, so be careful about buying them or carrying them out of the country as it is illegal.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM on all the days Location: Ulitsa Barklaya, 8, Moskva, Russia What To Buy : Electrical appliances and gadgets
Tverskaya is amongst the most famous Moscow shopping streets where you can find everything from a gem on the street to a jewel in a store. This radial road is a mecca for Shopaholics and there is no reason why you should not visit this place. With hundreds of luxury stores and mid-range shops, you’d surely end up with a lot of bags in your hand and gleam in your eyes.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all the days Location: Tverskaya ulitsa, Moscow, Russia What To Buy : Jewelry
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11. Artplay Design And Architecture Centre
Earlier, this center was a factory which is now converted into an art and culture center. It comprises a diverse range of shops, bars, galleries, cafes, music clubs, a cinema, and book shops among others. If you are deciding to explore Moscow then you must visit this center as it houses several decor items and gift items.
Timings : 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Location : Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10, Moscow 105120, Russia What To Buy : Gift items, home decor items and local art
12. Vintage Voyage
Located at the heart of the town, Vintage Voyage offers some of the most charming clothes. The pieces are not produced in bulk, instead, you will find handmade masterpieces ranging from traditional to contemporary. Due to its high-quality clothes and brand recognition among people, Vintage Voyage is one of the top places for clothes shopping in Russia.
Timings : 12:00 AM to 9:30 PM Location : Kuznetskiy Most st., 9/10, Moscow, Russia What To Buy : Clothes
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13. Central Children’s Store
If you are visiting Moscow with your family, then the Central Children’s Store is the place to do all the shopping for your kids. It is not famous for shopping but also as an educational arena and entertainment for children. It was inaugurated in 1957 and has been recently renovated.
Timings : 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM Location : Teatralny Drive, 5/1, Moscow 109012, Russia What To Buy : Toys for children
14. European Mall
Located just beside the Kievskaya metro station, the European Mall has eight floors and offers luxury shopping in Moscow. You can easily locate different brands like Zara, Mango, Promod, and many more. Apart from clothes, the mall also provides home decor items, jewelry, kitchenware, and furniture. After a hectic day of shopping, you might want to savor some food at the traditional cafes.
Timings : 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM Location : Kiyevsky Station Square, 2, Moskva, Russia, 121059 What To Buy : Clothes, shoes and bags
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Most Exclusive Things To Buy In Russia
While Russia houses almost every high-end brand or an exquisite new store, it also offers some pretty unique things, especially for tourists to take home as souvenirs. Some of these exclusive things that you must buy while shopping in Moscow, Russia are imperial porcelains, Russian shawls, gzhel ceramics, palekh miniatures, Faberge replicas, Russian chocolate, and space food. Since these things are definitely items you wouldn’t find anywhere else, make sure you pick them first!
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Tips For Shopping In Moscow
- While buying historical artwork and artifacts, make sure you check with the seller how old is the item and get a certificate as a Russian law prohibits the export of such items.
- During shopping in Russia, you may definitely want to splurge on high-end brands. But don’t forget to buy the unique gems in the country like the space food, Faberge replicas, imperial porcelains, and more.
- Bargaining is not something that you can do at every place in Moscow. So make sure to look around for any ‘Prices are fixed’ signs before you try and make a bargain.
- Try to learn some important Russian words that help you while you’re shopping in the malls or the famous markets.
- Don’t forget to take a look at the duty-free allowance before you make your purchases.
- Check the weather and wear comfortable clothes before you head for street shopping.
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So, the next time you’re planning a vacation to Russia or are looking for the best places across the world to fulfil your shopping desires, make sure you count Moscow in it. Also, don’t forget to carry this Moscow shopping guide with you for having the most impeccable experience!
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Frequently Asked Questions About Shopping In Moscow
What are the best things to shop in Moscow?
Moscow will present you with some of the best shopping options such as trendy accessories, top-notch fragrances, gadgets, home appliances, clothes, luxury shopping with brands like Promod, Zara, Mango, etc, Moscow souvenirs and Russian handicrafts.
What are the best places to shop from in Moscow?
You will find some of the best places to shop from in Moscow as this is the place that is every shopaholic’s dream come to life. You will get plenty of options such as Okhotny Ryad, Flacon Design Factory, Arbert Street, Kuznetsky Most, Aviapark Mall, Gorbushka Market, GUM, TsUM, Izmailovo Market, etc.
What are the best things to take for friends and family from Moscow?
You can pack some Moscow souvenirs and Russian handicrafts for your friends and family back home. This way you will be taking a little bit of Moscow with you back home to your loved ones!
What is the best time to visit Moscow?
The best time to visit Moscow is from the month of April to May, this is the time when the temperature is between 50-60 degrees. The sun is at its brightest best and you get to see the true Russia through your eyes. But make sure that you book your hotel in advance if you are planning a summer trip to Moscow!
What are the best places you cannot miss out on in Moscow?
You will find some of the most amazing places in Moscow such as Kremlin, Gorky’s House, Lenin’s Tomb, Patriarch Ponds, Moscow Conservatory, Gorky’s House Museum of Russian Impressionism, etc.
Do they speak English in Moscow?
Yes, the locals in Moscow speak English and you can easily shop all around the city without getting tensed about the language you have to use while conversing.
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Is This Where Vetements Gets All Its Good Ideas? Visiting Moscow’s Best Thrift Shop
By Liana Satenstein
Megastyle, the retail treasure trove, is not without its ironies. I head there in the morning with a crew that includes Seva, a model, who sports track pants and a white Adidas windbreaker, and Margarita Zubatova, a creative director who has worked with up-and-coming labels like ZDDZ and Darkdron and who arrives in skintight velour pants with an earthy, acid-trip kaleidoscopic pattern. Even fresh off the tail end of Paris Fashion Week , the duo still swear by Megastyle. “This is the only place I shop,” says Seva. Zubatova remembers dropping a “ridiculous” amount of money at Megastyle on a mountain of clothes. To hear the two of them tell it, it’s an addictive experience.
We arrive to the outskirts of Moscow at the innocuous-looking Megastyle, a barren strip mall that smells faintly of bleach. Unlike the popular bazaars in Tbilisi, Georgia , or Lesnoy in Kiev, Ukraine , there are no vendors, no wayward outdoor terrain, no sightseeing or sense of adventure while you shop. There is instead fluorescent overhead lighting, rows and rows of clothing racks, and lots of linoleum. Like any secondhand store, there’s plenty of junk: bland white denim jackets shipped from Greece; tired, pilling turtlenecks; and heaps of shapeless mom jeans. Seva dives into a bin to begin comparing bucket hats and orthopedic-looking sneakers, neither of which holds much interest for me. The chances of my finding something seem dismal. How could I find anything in a place called “Megastyle”? Zubatova, who has filled her cart with leather pants, distressed jackets, red short shorts, and hoodies, reminds me that this isn’t the type of place where things simply pop out to you: You have to work for it, you have to search. It becomes almost like a meditative quest: to summon the mood required for shopping, for rummaging, for becoming one with the Moscow mecca of the pre-worn. I’m directed to a rack of leather coats, and voilà ! I pull out a thin red leather racing jacket that fits me like a glove. A few rows over, there’s a boxy green carpenter jacket and a windbreaker from a Russian karate school with “St. Petersburg” in Cyrillic emblazoned on the back, and a shiny faux leather jacket that I immediately fall in love with.
But it’s Zubatova who makes the biggest killing, snagging a jacket that looks like a gradiated Soviet rug, a pair of white sneakers, and a retro carrot-colored zip-up polo that looks like something Stella McCartney might have churned out. As for Seva, he looks straight out of a Vetements catalog—or a Soviet apartment in which he’s illegally squatting—in a huge denim jacket with sleeves that zip off halfway. As we make our way to the checkout, I spot my soon-to-be favorite piece of all and fully find myself in the spirit: a stretchy, semi-sheer shirt with scalloped sleeves and a tiger printed on the front. It’s the pinnacle of good-taste-bad-taste, heinous-meets-chic. I snatch it with glee, and everyone applauds my find. We check out to an indication that the younger fashion-conscious crowd has preceded us: They accept credit cards here, in the outskirts of Moscow! We leave, proud and beaming, our arms filled with secondhand scores that all add up to less than $20 per person. Megastyle, indeed.
Special thank you to Liza Kologreeva
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