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Top Choice Music in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Transylvania

From the courtyard, look for the black metal door that leads down into this dungeon of a shop, which houses room after room of CDs, in every genre imaginable. If you are curious about the russky rock scene, this is …
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Yekaterina

One of Russia’s oldest furriers, this place has been manufacturing shapky (fur hats) and shuby (fur coats) since 1912. While Yekaterina has always maintained a reputation for high-quality furs and leather, its desig…
Shopping Centre in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Flakon

Flakon is arguably the most visually attractive of all the redeveloped industrial areas around town, looking a bit like the far end of London's Portobello Rd, especially during the weekends. Once a glassware plant, …
Mall in Kremlin & Kitay Gorod

GUM

Behind its elaborate 240m-long facade on the northeastern side of Red Square, GUM is a bright, bustling shopping mall with hundreds of fancy stores and restaurants. With a skylight roof and three-level arcades, the …
Clothing in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Khokhlovka Original

This is about the most clandestine fashion store we've ever reviewed. To get in, enter a graffiti-covered courtyard, then look for a small gap between two single-storey buildings on your left – the door is inside th…
Textiles in Presnya

Tryokhgornaya Manufaktura Factory Outlet

Tryokhgornaya Manufaktura is one of the oldest textile factories in Russia, founded in 1799 on the banks of the Moscow River. The factory played a key role in the development of the Presnya district. While productio…
Books in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Biblio-Globus

Moscow’s favourite bookshop is huge, with lots of souvenir books devoted to language, art and history, and a good selection of maps and travel guides. A user-friendly computerised catalogue will help you find what y…
Clothing in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Odensya Dlya Schastya

This sweet boutique – encouraging shoppers to ‘dress for happiness’ – carries unique clothing by a few distinctive designers, including Moscow native Oleg Biryukov. The designer’s eponymous label features refined st…
Fashion & Accessories in Presnya

Valentin Yudashkin Boutique

The best-known Russian fashion designer is Valentin Yudashkin, whose classy clothes are on display at the Louvre and the Met, as well as the State History Museum in Moscow (look but don’t touch!). If you wish to try…
Books in Arbat & Khamovniki

Dom Knigi

Among the largest bookstores in Moscow, Dom Knigi has a selection of foreign-language books to rival any other shop in the city, not to mention travel guidebooks, maps, and reference and souvenir books. This huge, c…