Shopping

Few visitors leave Russia without buying a traditional craft item such as a matryoshka (a set of wooden nesting dolls) or the enamalled wooden boxes known as palekh (after the town east of Moscow where they originated). Other great souvenirs are the gold, red and black decorated tableware from Khokhloma, ornamental china, amber from the Baltic coast, hairy Cherkessian hats and fine woollen scarves with floral designs.