Shopping in Moscow – Top 10 Malls and Markets

Last modified on 06 Apr 2020

For any person who has not been in contact with the modern life in Russia in general, and Moscow in particular, during the last 25 years or so, the shopping experience might still be portrayed as a rather negative experience, especially for the lower class. But, that life has disappeared, and, once the political regime has changed, the shopping in Moscow experience changed as well.

Today, even on the smallest streets, you can find a place that gives you the opportunity to buy either a small souvenir to remind you forever of your Moscow experience, or anything else that you need and want. And the best thing is that it is not even that expensive; with the perfect guidance and documentation, you will have a relaxing time, buy some fabulous items, and even save money at the same time for more fascinating Moscow private tours. Credit cards are generally accepted, and store personell, especially at Craft Markets and Souvenir shops, will speak your language.

Upscale Malls and Department Stores

GUM

The GUM Department Store in Moscow occupies a large part of the Red Square’s eastern side, and tells the story of more that one century of history. The mall has the aspect of a royal palace, preserving the 19th century architectural style, and it is structured on three stylish floors that are connected by bridges and topped with a glass roof. Besides the elegant design, the GUM Moscow also welcomes its customers with stores displaying articles of some of the world's most famous brands, retail outlets, but also with leisure and cultural activities, and numerous restaurants and cafés. The most beautiful Moscow shopping mall, GUM is also considered to be one of the best-looking malls in the world.

Address: 3, Red Square, Moscow

Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm, daily

 

TSUM

Located on Petrovka Street, the TSUM Department Store is placed within walking distance from the Red Square, Bolshoy Theatre, the History Museum and other important Moscow tourist attractions. Similar to the other royal-like malls, TSUM Moscow is considered by many as one of the most attractive shopping places because it includes no less than one thousand famous brands of clothing, shoes, accessories and cosmetics. Besides the opportunity to spend your money in a smart way, the TSUM Department Store is also the perfect place to observe the classic Russian architectural design and to relax in an amazing environment.

Address: 2, ul. Petrovka, Moscow. It is located across the street from the Bolshoy Theatre.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 10 pm  |  Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm

 

Petrovsky Passage

Dating back to 1906, the Petrovsky Passage in Moscow is definitely one of the most expensive, elite-oriented department stores. Situated on the street with the same name, this shopping center is within walking distance from the Red Square, thus readily available for anyone visiting the city. Even though the unique articles that can be found there may not always be available in what concerns the prices, Petrovsky Passage is a good opportunity for you to spend a day in a fabulous place that gives you the chance to feel – even if only for a few hours – as being part of the ancient royal families.

Address: 10, ul. Petrovka, Moscow. 10 minute walk from Red Square. It's moments away from Boslhoy Theatre and TSUM.

Opening hours: daily, 10 am - 10 pm

 

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Malls: from Class to Mass

European Mall (Evropeisky Shopping Center)

Situated on Ploshad Kievskogo Vokzala Street, within walking distance from the famous Old Arbat Street and from the Victory Park, the European Mall Moscow is one of the most modern shopping centers in the Russian capital. The name of the shopping center makes reference to the fact that five of the most important sections are named after European capital cities (Berlin, London, Moscow, Paris and Rome). The European Shopping Center is famous not only for the fact that it is one of the largest shopping centers in Moscow, but also for the hundreds of stores that represent some of the most popular brands in the world, thus not letting anyone leave until finding exactly what they need.

Address: 2, Kiyevsky Station square, Moscow. The nearest metro station: Kievskaya.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm  |  Friday – Saturday: 10 am - 11 pm

 

Okhotny Ryad ("Hunting Row") Shopping Center

Okhotny Ryad Shopping Center is one of the largest and most popular shopping malls in Moscow. The Legend says that if you can find your way in this enormous space, then you have earned your place as a true Moscow person. Besides the numerous brands of clothing, accessories and cosmetics that meet every possible taste, this Mall also gives their customers the chance to spend a beautiful and relaxing day in one of the varied restaurants and cafes.

Address: Manege Square, 1, Moscow. It's main entrance is shown on the picture below and right in front of the Four Seasons Hotel.

Opening hours: daily, 10 am - 10 pm

 

Aviapark

Aviapark Mall, the recently opened shopping center, is situated in the northern part of Moscow (in the Sokol district) and is definitely the biggest mall in Moscow and even Europe. The modern department store has the capacity of 80 restaurants, almost twenty cinemas and hundreds and hundreds of different shops. The tropical aquarium, the elegant design and the extraordinary shopping items were combined into the making of one of the most modern and opulent shopping malls in the whole world. Even though some of the articles may be a little too expensive for the average middle class person, Aviapark is still a great place to spend a pleasant time with your friends.

Addressul. Aviakonstruktora Mikoyana, 10, Moscow. Nearest metro staions: Aeroport and Dinamo.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm  |  Friday – Saturday: 10 am - 11 pm

Souvenir Shopping and Russian Art

Arbat Street

Situated in the historical centre of Moscow, Arbat Street (or Old Arbat Street) is one of the city's most famous streets. The Arbat Shopping Street is a defining aspect of Moscow's identity as much for the fact that it is one of the oldest streets of the city that are still used today, as for the numerous shopping possibilities that it offers. From cheap souvenirs that you can find in street kiosks to elegant and imposing stores of various kinds, you are sure to find at least one item that is perfect for your needs and taste.

Address: Old Arbat Street, 10 min walk from the Kremlin Main Entrance (Kutafia Tower – the only white tower of the Kremlin)

Opening hours: shops and shouvenir stores are open daily, 10 am – 9 pm or 10 pm. Some shops may start eralier and finish later.

 

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Izmailovo Craft, Flea, Art and Antiquity Market

Located very close to Partizanskaya metro station, Izmailovo Market should be on anyone's list of places to visit in Moscow since there is no other place where you can get to know better the aspects of the genuine life in this city. Old-fashioned vessels and different strange articles, paintings, icons, hand-made items, books, coins, clothing articles, purses, furniture and so many other unusual objects – all can be purchased in this amazing place. If you also arrive there during the recommended hours, then you are sure to find exactly what you want and for the best price in the Izmailovo Market.

Address: 73, Izmailovskoye sh, Moscow. Nearest metro station: Partizanskaya (Dark Blue Line). It's very easy to get there, only 5 stops from Ploshad Revolutsii (Revolutionary Square) metro station and then a 10 min walk from the metro. The Market is localted on the territory of the Izmailovo Kremlin. 

 

Opening hours – Izmailovo Craft Market:

Daily. A greater choice is during weekends. Wednesday – wholesale day, private customers can shop that day too. It is officially open from 9 am to 6 pm, though some sellers may start later and finish earlier. As a general rule, if you wish to have a better choice try to be there between 10 am to 3 pm.

 

Opening hours – Izmailovo Flea, Art and Antiquity Market:

Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm. A greater choice is between 10 am to 3 pm. 

 

Art Markets next to the Central House of Artist

There are two art markets situated near Oktyabrksaya metro station: one set on the Moskva River Embankment and the other in the underpass between Gorky Park and the Central House of Artist. In both of these art markets, which are usually open 7 days a week, traditional and peculiar art objects can be bought by any visitor that wants something different to remind him / her of Moscow.

Address: 10, Krimsky Val, Moscow. Nearest metro stations: Oktyabrskaya or Park Kiltury.

Opening hours: daily, between about 10 am and 6 or 7 pm. During summer both markets may be open till later hours.

 

We invite you to visit one or several of these great places with us, on our Moscow private tours!