Shopping in Golden Ring

  • Shopping in Suzdal

    Maria Frolova

    The affable Maria learned the rare and delicate traditional art of filigree embroidery from her grandmother. She often sells her beautiful wares – jewellery and miniature framed needleworks of flowers, birds and rustic patterns – at the Museum of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life. Contact her directly about workshops for adults and kids in embroidery, woodcarving, lacework and other traditional crafts.

  • Shopping in Sergiev Posad

    Gorod Masterov

    Forget the carbon-copy matryoshki you see at tourist stalls everywhere – 'City of Craftsmen' sells beautiful hand-painted nesting dolls that are several cuts above, including sets of animals, old Russian kings and even astronauts. There are also carved wooden boxes and lovely Christmas ornaments. You can also take a class (R500) and paint your own matryoshka (advance booking required).

  • Shopping in Suzdal

    Dymov Ceramics

    If you're after souvenirs a level up from the Russo-kitsch found everywhere else, check out these lovely handmade ceramic creations: mugs, tiles, vases, brightly patterned plates and even ceramic ice-cream cones. The shop also sells handmade clothing, toys and foodstuffs, and Dymov offers classes in pottery and tile-making at its suburban workshop.

  • Shopping in Yaroslavl

    Aura

    This giant, hypermodern shopping centre has more than 200 shops of international brands, as well as a huge supermarket, a bowling alley, rollerskating rink, multiplex cinema and a large food court on the top floor.