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Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Kostroma

Art Polka

'Polka' means 'shelf' in Russian, and every shelf here contains handmade wares from a different local artist – it's like a miniature craft fair. You'll find everything from lucite-encased flower jewellery and woodcu…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Rostov-Veliky

Dom Remyosel

This little crafts shop tucked away down a side street is perfect for browsing through gifts and souvenirs, handmade by local artists in a variety of styles: ceramics, woodcarvings, pillows, painted figurines and th…
Arts & Crafts 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 rus…
Arts & Crafts 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 e…
Ceramics 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. Th…
Art in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Vladimir's Cathedral Gallery

An art-and-crafts gallery at the back of this 18th-century church features paintings and photographs by local artists – everything from stunning landscapes of onion-dome churches and wintry forests to whimsical depi…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Teapot Museum

You'd have to be a teapot fanatic to find this tiny museum worth the admission price, but for free you can browse the gift shop, full of beautiful tea-related merchandise made locally: copper and ceramic teapots, co…
Antiques in Plyos

Old Cottager

You may not have room in your suitcase for one of the old samovars or record players on display at this antiques store on the embankment, but there are plenty of smaller items here that make great gifts to bring hom…
Shopping Centre in Yaroslavl


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.
Market in Kostroma

Central Market

Located inside the western half of the city's sprawling 19th-century Italianate trading arcades is this bustling market for local meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, pickles, sweets and much more.