Shopping in Eastern Siberia

  • Shopping in Ulan-Ude

    Zam

    This sparkling new shop doubles as a Buryat culture centre that runs lectures and masterclasses in traditional crafts. Goods include stylish jewellery by local artists, folk-themed clothes, locally produced leather bags and shoes. A little coffee bar attached to the counter comes as a bonus.

  • Shopping in Irkutsk

    Central Market

    Very central indeed, Irkutsk's well-maintained and perfectly authentic market is the place to stock up on cedar nuts, taiga herbs and Siberian fish, notably the famous Baikal omul, which can be packed in hermetic cellophane for transportation by air.

  • Shopping in Western BAM

    Market

    Baikal fish, smoked and sun-dried, cedar pine nuts, sagaan-dalya and other local herbs – you'll find all of this in the small but bustling market located in the heart of town.

  • Shopping in Ulan-Ude

    Orda Ethno-Market

    Sometimes moving, sometimes kitschy modern Buryat art, clothes and souvenirs. Buddhist-themed metal sculpture contains some of the most striking items.

  • Shopping in Ulan-Ude

    Dombo

    Elegant artisanal ceramics by Ayuna Dorzhieva, who fuses Buryat motifs with modern art.

  • Shopping in Ulan-Ude

    Central Market

    Tidy, Soviet-era market selling unusual local produce such as pine nuts, reindeer meat, buckthorn juice, salo (raw pig fat) and seasonal fruit and veg. At the back of the building are several stores offering unty, beautifully decorated reindeer skin boots. Prices start from around R12,000 a pair.

  • Shopping in Irkutsk

    Prodalit

    This large bookstore on the 2nd floor of a small shopping centre sells regional and city maps, Baikal- and Irkutsk-themed coffee-table books and Lonely Planet guides in Russian.

  • Shopping in Irkutsk

    Karibu

    Tiny shop selling beautifully furry unty (traditional deerskin cowboy boots) made on-site and typically costing around R10,000. Some English spoken.

  • Shopping in Tuva

    Shever

    Souvenir and craft shop selling top-quality handmade items such as small pieces of sculpture made from a soft stone called agalmatolite, silver jewellery from Ak-Dovurak, Jew's harps, ‘I’ve-been-to-Tuva’ T-shirts and handy city maps.