Books in Meshchansky & Basmanny


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…
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…
Books in Historic Heart

Staraya Kniga

This long-established antique bookseller is a fascinating place to rummage around. The stock ranges from fancy, mint-edition books to second-hand, well-worn Soviet editions, maps and art (in the section next to the …
Books in Smolny & Vosstaniya


The city’s only dedicated English-language bookshop has a good selection of contemporary literature, classics, dictionaries, history and travel writing – plus a dedicated section on Russia. It also hosts small art a…
Books in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky


One of the oldest and biggest Moscow bookshops, opened in 1958, Moskva has a huge collection of books in many languages. There's a downstairs antiques section, and a gift shop offering an elaborate mix of books, swe…
Books in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky


It’s a bookstore, but it’s also a gift shop, a music shop and a cafe. This is the place to shop for a quirky gift for your friend who (you think) has everything. You will surely be proven wrong. For example, does he…
Books in Historic Heart

Dom Knigi

A stalwart of the city’s bookshops, Dom Knigi is housed in part of the wonderful, whimsical Singer Building. On the ground floor you’ll find lots of English-language coffee-table books that make good souvenirs.
Books in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Dom Inostrannoy Knigi

The House of Foreign Books is a small place with a wide selection of literature in foreign languages. Most books are in English, though there are smaller selections of German, French and other European languages.
Books in Irkutsk


This large bookstore on the 2nd floor of a small shopping centre sells regional and city maps, Baikal- and Irkutsk-themed coffee-table books and Lonely Planet guides in Russian.
Books in Vologda

Dom Knigi

Dom Knigi sells some regional and detailed city maps, including a useful double street map (R150) that also covers Veliky Ustyug.