These days, shopping is a national sport in Moscow. Locals shop in brand new mega-malls, revamped department stores, designer boutiques, and busy food markets. Display windows in parts of historical shopping districts in downtown Moscow, such as pereulok Stoleshnikov, Kuznetsky Most, and proyezd Tretyakovsky, are filled with brands like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Brioni, Prada, and Fendi.

Big emporia such as GUM showcase midrange Western brands like Levi's and Nike. Russian designers also have a presence: some names to look for include Alena Akhmadullina, Alexander Terekhov, Igor Chapurin, Denis Symachev, Kira Plastinina, and Sultanna Frantsuzova. If you're simply on the hunt for souvenirs, the best bets are shops in the Arbat district or the Izmailovsky Flea Market in the Eastern Outskirts.

Stores are generally open Monday through Saturday 10 to 7, and many are open seven days a week; shopping malls are open daily from 10 or 11 in the morning to 9 or 10 at night. Some specialty stores and many supermarkets may operate 24/7.

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  • 1. GUM

    Kremlin/Red Square | Department Store

    A series of shops and boutiques inside a 19th-century arcade, this shopping emporium sits on Red Square, across from the Kremlin. GUM, which...Read More

  • 2. Imperial Porcelain

    Western Outskirts | Ceramics/Glassware

    Founded in the 18th century by the order of Queen Elizaveta, daughter of Peter the Great, this firm (also known as Lomonosov) sold porcelain...Read More

  • 3. Russkaya Vyshivka

    Arbat | Crafts

    Specializing in traditional Russian linen, this old store stocks beautiful embroidered christening gowns as well as table linens, rag rugs,...Read More

  • 4. Tsvetnoy Central Market

    Kitai Gorod | Department Store

    What was once a central market selling food and utilitarian household items is now an upscale mall, offering everything from furniture to fashion...Read More

  • 5. Yeliseyevsky

    Ulitsa Tverskaya | Food/Candy

    Historic, sumptuous, upscale—this turn-of-the-20th-century grocery store is the star of ulitsa Tverskaya, and even if you're not feeling hungry...Read More

  • 6. Arbatskaya Lavitsa

    Arbat | Crafts

    In this large, old-fashioned store you can find Gzhel china, linen tablecloths, nesting dolls, ivory work, wooden toys, and national Russian...Read More

  • 7. Art boutiques of the ulitsa Varvarka churches

    Kitai Gorod | Crafts

    These boutiques are inside the Church of St. Maxim the Blessed and the Church of St. George on Pskov Hill. They carry a fine selection of handicrafts...Read More

  • 8. Art. Lebedev Shop and Café

    Arbat | Souvenirs

    Artemiy Lebedev is probably the most successful graphic designer, style guru, and blogger in Russia. At this outlet you can find wittily designed...Read More

  • 9. Atrium

    Eastern Outskirts | Department Store

    One of the most popular shopping malls among Muscovites is in front of the Kursk station and is yet another symbol of modern Moscow. Everything...Read More

  • 10. Chasy

    Arbat | Jewelry & Watches

    Chasy is "watch" in Russian and this small shop offers a wide choice of Russian men's brands, such as Raketa, Komadirskie, and Sturmanskie...Read More

  • 11. Culture Pavilion

    Northern Outskirts | Crafts

    Part of the Soviet showpiece that's now called the All-Russian Exhibition Center (abbreviated VVC in Russian), the elegant, white Pavilion No...Read More

  • 12. Danilovsky Rynok

    Southern Outskirts | Market

    This bustling outdoor market surrounds a covered circus-shaped hall. Inside are meats, spices, vegetables, pickles, flowers, and pyramid-shaped...Read More

  • 13. Denis Simachev Shop & Bar

    Ulitsa Tverskaya | Clothing

    This Russian celebrity designer is known for his humorous reinventions of traditional Russian fashion—think enormous fur accessories and enlarged...Read More

  • 14. Dorogomilovsky Rynok

    Western Outskirts | Market

    This large covered hall is next to the outdoor Veshchevoy Rynok (literally, "Market of Things," which is certainly an apt name). Inside are...Read More

  • 15. Evropeisky

    Western Outskirts | Clothing

    This huge, well-laid-out mall has a European theme that expresses itself in the form of a conspicuously vulgar sculpture of a euro sign in the...Read More

  • 16. Flacon Design Factory

    Northern Outskirts | Crafts

    This former industrial complex is now a center of design studios, showrooms, advertising agencies, and workshops for all sorts of creative types...Read More

  • 17. Globus Gourmet

    Zamoskvorech’ye | Food/Candy

    Gourmands flock to this 24-hour grocery store that supplies Moscow with high-quality imported foodstuffs. Among the wide array of deli foods...Read More

  • 18. Ikonnaya Lavka

    Kremlin/Red Square | Crafts

    The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan houses this compact icon shop. In addition to icons, you can purchase religious books, silver crosses, and...Read More

  • 19. Izmailovsky Flea Market

    Eastern Outskirts | Souvenirs

    In terms of choice and value, this is really the best stop for those looking for traditional Russian souvenirs in Moscow. Matryoshki (nesting...Read More

  • 20. Konditersky

    Zamoskvorech’ye | Food/Candy

    This cozy, old-fashioned candy store, which will weigh out chocolates for you, has a good choice of Russian brands, including Krasny Oktyabr...Read More

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