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Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Historic Heart

Taiga

Like several other of Piter's trendy hangouts, Taiga keeps a low profile despite its prime location close by the Hermitage. The warren of small rooms in the ancient building are worth exploring to find cool business…
Top Choice Market in Petrograd & Vyborg Sides

Udelnaya Fair

This treasure trove of Soviet ephemera, pre-revolutionary antiques, WWII artefacts and bonkers kitsch from all eras is truly worth travelling for. Exit the metro station to the right and follow the crowds across the…
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 …
Homewares in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Imperial Porcelain

Dating back to the mid-18th century, this is the company that used to make tea sets for the Russian royal family. Formerly known as Lomonosov China, the company continues to produce innovative designs – the specialt…
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…
Arts & Crafts in Historic Heart

Perinnye Ryady

Scores of arts-and-craft stores can be found in this arcade in the midst of Dumskaya ul, amongst them Collection, with a wide range of painted works, several by members of the Union of Artists of Russia, and Pioners…