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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…
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 …
Shopping Centre in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Flakon

Like the Bolsheviks a hundred years ago, Moscow hipsters are capturing one factory after another and redeveloping them, according to their hipster tastes. Flakon is arguably the most visually attractive of all the r…
Market in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Izmaylovsky Market

Never mind the kitschy faux 'tsar's palace' it surrounds, Izmaylovsky flea market is the ultimate place to shop for matryoshka dolls, military uniforms, icons, Soviet badges, and some real antiques. Huge and diverse…
Mall in Kremlin & Kitay Gorod

GUM

The elaborate 240m 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 spectacular …
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…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Prosto Tak

For quirky, clever souvenirs, stop by this network of artists’ cooperatives. Each outlet has a different name, but the goods are more or less the same: uniquely Russian gifts such as artist-designed tapki (slippers)…
Fashion & Accessories in Kremlin & Kitay Gorod

Alena Akhmadullina Boutique

Alena Akhmadullina’s romantic, flowing fashions have been wowing trendsetters since 2005, when the St Petersburg designer first showed her stuff in Paris. She has received loads of international attention ever since…
Books in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Biblio-Globus

Moscow’s favourite bookshop is huge, with lots of reference and souvenir books devoted to language, art and history, and a good selection of maps and travel guides. A user-friendly computerised catalogue will help y…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Arbat & Khamovniki

Association of Artists of the Decorative Arts (AHDI)

Look for the ceramic plaque and the small sign indicating the entrance to this 'exposition hall', which is actually a cluster of small shops, each one showcasing arts and crafts by local artists. In addition to pain…