Shopping

  • Taiga This cool collection of shops and businesses just moments from the Hermitage is well worth exploring.
  • Udelnaya Fair Find the gems among the junk at this amazing, sprawling place.
  • Kupetz Eliseevs Glam deli and confectioners that's great for edible gifts.
  • Rediskа Eye-catching arts and crafts made in-house or produced by St Petersburg artisans.
  • Au Pont Rouge Superglam department store specialising in fashion in a gorgeous Russian Style Moderne building.

Souvenirs

  • Northway The best place in town for matryoshki (nesting dolls) and many other Russian souvenirs.
  • Tula Samovars A great selection of these typically Russian traditional hot-water dispensers.
  • Military Shop Get your Russian Army uniforms and other military paraphernalia here.
  • Imenno Lavka Showcase for quirky gifts, accessories, books and interior-design products by local talents.
  • Snegiri Traditional felt slippers and booties given a contemporary fashion spin.
  • Imperial Porcelain As once patronised by the Russian royal family.

Fashion Shops

  • Day & Night Emporium of big-name brands and international fashion labels on the Petrograd Side.
  • Nevsky 152 A very fancy 'concept store' housing a number of international fashion brands under one roof.
  • 8 Store Inside Taiga, this is a stylish boutique selling clothes and accessories from local designers.
  • Tatyana Parfionova The Nevsky pr boutique of St Petersburg's original and most famous couturier.
  • 21 Shop Street fashion that's fun and affordable.
  • Matryoshka Clothing and accessories inspired by the Russian nesting doll silhouette.

Books, CDs, DVDs

  • Dom Knigi The city's largest bookshop is a sight in itself, with a huge range to choose from.
  • Staraya Kniga Pick your way through two centuries of old books.
  • Anglia The best English-language bookshop in St Petersburg.
  • Phonoteka Cool range of vinyls, CDs, film and documentary on DVD from around the world.

Art Shopping

  • Erarta Commercial galleries here are a great place to buy contemporary Russian art.
  • Borey Art Centre Take the pulse of the local artistic underground here.
  • Sol-Art Attached to the next-door art school, this is a great place to buy paintings by local artists.
  • Artmuza Plenty of small galleries in this huge creative cluster on Vasilyevsky Island.
  • Perinnye Ryady An arcade of art-and-craft shops where you'll find unique souvenirs.