Shopping is a compulsory check off your checklist while on a holiday and fortunately Russia serves as one of the best shopping destinations in the world. From high-end brands to cheap souvenirs to global fast food chains, Russia has everything in abundance ready for you. Moreover, the currency exchange rates as well are working in favour of tourists currently as the devaluation of Russian Ruble has made purchasing in Russia cheaper than before!
Following are our suggestions for the best shopping experiences in Moscow to suit all your needs.
A 60,000 acres shopping center situated in Moscow, Metropolis has the most to offer out of the lot. For the luxury traveler, every international brand can be found here as well as fast food chains comprising 22 cafes to grab a bite after a long day of shopping! The huge complex also contains a 12 screen cinema and a bowling alley to serve all your entertainment needs.
You have to see it to believe it: the spectacle that GUM is. Facing the Red Square, it proves equivalent to many historical monuments in Russia with its glass ceiling and tasteful architecture on the whole. In addition to retail outlets, GUM also offers space for dining, cafes, exhibitions, galleries, leisure activities and cultural events which make it one of the most famous shopping malls in the country as well as a tourist attraction.
Aviapark boasts of being the largest mall in all of Europe since its rather recent opening. It comprises of visual aesthetics like a 75 feet tall aquarium, house to about 2,500 specimens of fish, which is a must see spectacle of this extravagant mall. It has Russia’s biggest multiplex, a kids entertainment centre, cafes, restaurants and food court in addition to over 400 retail shops to accommodate your shopping, leisure as well as entertainment needs.
Located in the heart of Moscow, Arbat Street is a paradise for Russian tourists looking forward to collect souvenirs to bring back home or to gift friends and family. Everything ranging from cheap to fine Russian handicrafts, art and antiques can be bought here. It is one of the most happening streets with performers lined up and gets a lot of crowd on a daily basis. To experience this sort of distinctive Russian extravaganza, head straight to Arbat Street!
This flea market is a one stop shop for everything Russia! The variety of objects found here range from simple articles like clothes, books and furniture to original range of matryoshki, palekh and khokhloma ware, as well as less traditional woodworking crafts and antiques. The prices of objects here are negotiable to an extent and nobody returns empty handed after visiting this market. Recommended time to visit Izimailovsky Market is on the weekends when more vendors chime in and variety available multiplies manifold.