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Moscow Shopping

With Moscow being a cosmopolitan city, you won’t have any problems finding places to shop. Moscow shopping offers you just about everything, whether you favor large shopping centers with upscale boutiques or popular chain stores. However, you will certainly want to take a special Russian souvenir home; perhaps a Matreshka (nesting doll), pottery, a birch or a lacquered box. These all make wonderful keepsakes or great presents. A favorite of visitors are the lacquered boxes which date back to the early 18th century, when only members of nobility or the Royal family could afford them. Nowadays, you can find beautiful imitations at different prices.

Great Buys
In order to purchase one of the many unique Russian souvenirs, go to Vernisazh Market, the souvenir Mecca in Moscow shopping. Though the vendors ask for outrageous prices, they’ll expect you to haggle; you won’t believe the drastic reduction in price you’ll receive. The best time to shop here is on weekends, when every one of the hundreds of stalls is open. You will find great deals for fur hats, matrioshkas, craftwork, and more. It’s definitely the place for bargains in Moscow shopping.

The Historical Museum Souvenir Shop is another great place for Moscow shopping and considering the location, the prices are fair. Most people shop here for the quality of items it offers, especially the Matrioshkas and Russian ornaments. Some pieces come with brochures that explain the origin of each item.

Great Collections
Though perhaps somewhat most people’s budget, it is truly worth paying a visit to the Grand Collection Gallery on the Red Square. When the gallery opened in 2005 it brought back Carl Faberge’s ornaments to Russia. Perhaps you will recall the grandeur and importance of the famed Faberge Egg. You may purchase one between $5,000 and $50,000 USD. Authentic pieces from the 19th century go for a lot more.

Shopping Malls
Russia’s magnificent architecture is not only reflected in its historical monuments, but in places like GUM, a famous place for Moscow shopping. It stretches along Red Square making it a great location for shopping after a day of sightseeing. With over 200 shops, upscale boutiques and popular chain outlets, you won’t have a hard time finding what you want. The three level glass roof is a must see. The mall is worth visiting even if you are not in a mood for shopping.

TSUM, located near the Bolshoi Theater, is yet another place for fabulous Moscow shopping, though you must be ready to pay the high prices at the upscale shops. However, outside of the expensive trendy boutiques, you will also find more affordable outlets showing the latest trends in Western fashion.

When the weather turns cold or it is too hot outside, locals and tourists head to Okhotny Ryad shopping Center, for more of great Moscow shopping; it is a three level underground mall where you will find a combination of expensive and bargain shops

Moscow shopping will definitely be another positive experience to make your trip memorable.

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