ART & ANTIQUES

Antique Shop The name may not be original, but this shop has its share of items which would make the eyes of any old collector shine. It has Soviet pins, icons, dolls and statuettes, samovars and cameras.
Open: 11:00–20:00
Nevsky pr. 51 (in courtyard)

Arsen Studio Studio has good selection of bronze sculptures.
37/3 Varshavskaya Ulitsa

Art Gorod (Art City) Gallery offers selection of contemporary paintings, graphics and items of decorative applied art. Displays change every three weeks. The store has good selection of artists´ supplies and materials. Entrance: Free.
27 6-ya Liniya Vasilievskogo

Belage This store offers antiques from Western Europe and Russia including jewelry, glass, crystal, porcelain, bronze, furniture and paintings. 57 Nevskiy Prospect

Blue Hall This gallery offers a most diverse collection of contemporary art from realist to avant-garde compositions, sculptures, ceramics and paintings.
38 Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa
  

D-137 The gallery´s collection includes graphic art, painting, sculpture and photography by contemporary Russian and foreign artists.
90/92 Nevsky Prospect

Gisich´s Private Art Gallery Gallery exhibits conceptual contemporary art, painting, sculpture and photography.
121 Naberezhnaya Reki Fontanki
  

Gorodskaya Starina (City Antiques) Store has selection of porcelain, bronze and copies of objects in Museum of the History of St. Petersburg collections.
32 Naberezhnaya Reki Moiki

La Russe This charming and peaceful store resembles a museum in the quality of its merchandise. The collection of well cared for and excellently restored items includes peasant smocks, busts of the Soviet leaders, paintings and prints as well as carved wooden looms, kettles and furniture. Everything is beautifully arrayed and the entire collection is on their website with English translations. Open: 11:00–20:00, Sunday: Closed. Ul. Stremyannaya 3

Mikhaylov Gallery The gallery features the largest private collection of Russian modern art in St. Petersburg. It also provides framing service with Czech beading. Entrance: Free.
53 Liteyny Prospect
  

Palitra Gallery (Palette Gallery) Gallery shows individual and group works every month, features exhibition and sale of graphic art, paintings and sculpture.
5 Malaya Morskaya Ulitsa
  

Panteleimonsky Pick up original icons for a couple of thousands roubles. They also have beautifully restored furniture. Open: 11:00–19:00 Sunday: 11:00–18:00 Ul. Pestelya 13–15

Pechatnya (Printing Press) Unique gallery and workshop setting where customers can watch art works in production, exhibition and sale of art including lithographs, woodcuts, etchings and linocuts made on unique press.
Peter & Paul Fortress

Renessans Filled with the stuff of bygone Russia and Soviet days, this antique store has an assortment of crockery, tableware, turn-of-the-century postcards and different bric-a-brac. There´s also larger items such as cupboards, framed prints and sideboards. The staff don´t seem to speak much English but they are happy enough to let you browse without too many questions or demands. Open: 11:00–19:00 Sunday: Closed. Voznesensky pr. 28

Ross Photograph Gallery Displays works by well-known local photographers, customers may also order art photographic works.
4 Bogatyrsky Prospect

Russkaya Starina Even if you don´t need to buy anything, Russkaya Starina (old days) is still worth a visit. It has beautiful 200-year-old icons (€600 – 2000), silver cups and paintings and furniture, which once belonged to the nobles of St. Petersburg. Open: 11:00–20:00 Sunday: 12:00–20:00. Nevsky pr. 20

Russian Traditions This one room shop has a great collection of framed and unframed prints, painting and graphic works. There are also three or four piles of medium-sized Soviet era canvases stacked against a wall and a figurine collection that would make your grandmother green with envy. Although they don´t speak English, the staff is helpful enough. Open: 10:00–20:00 Sunday: 11:00–20:00 Nab. Reki Fontanky 88

S.P.A.S Gallery features regular exhibitions and sales of contemporary paintings by local artists.
93 Naberezhnaya Reki Moiki

Sol-Art Gallery offers a varied collection of graphics and paintings by established and young contemporary artists and quality souvenirs including genuine lacquer boxes.
15 Solyanoy Pereulok
  

Sword And Helmet This antique store is more like a weapons gallery with swords, daggers, and armour displayed in glass cases. The wonderful thing is that you can peer up close at these intricate objects with elaborate hilts, polished blades. The few nicks you can see lead you to wonder what action they´ve seen. On the armour side, there are chest plates and chain mail over 200 years old from the Caucasus, as well as weapons from France and Afghanistan and different regions throughout Russia. Open: 11:00–20:00
Sunday: Closed
Dmitrovsky per. 4

BOOKSTORES

Academic Books on Liteiny Prospekt (Akademkniga) Akademkniga na Liteinom Prospekte (Academic Books on Liteiniy Prospekt) offers a selection of Russian and foreign literature, contemporary paperbacks in English, fiction and science literature.
Open 10:00–14:00, 15:00–19:00. Closed Sun.
57 Liteiny Prospekt

Anglia Anglia has the biggest range of English-language books in the city. There are selections of different works on Russian culture, history, and politics as well! Besides English, they also have books in five European languages. Open: 09:00–21:00
Sunday: 12:00–18:00
Nab. reky Fontanky 38

Biblioteka Projector The Projector Bookshop, situated on the 4th floor of a former-factory art space, was founded by the artists who inhabitant this building as a means to get access to all the top design and art books that they so wanted to buy but just couldn´t find. As well as the usual coffee table tomes, they stock plenty of international style and art magazines as well as their own journal Proyektor and often host literary events. Open 11:00 - 20:00, Sat 12:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. 4th floor, Loft Project Etagi, Ligovsky pr. 74

Bukvoed Roomy, full of books and gifts, stationery and the like, there is a cafe in the back which hosts free guitar sessions and poetry readings and where you can hang out and use the wi-fi. They have a sizeable English language section with a host of shoddy paperbacks to stock up on. Ligovsky pr. 10

Chance on Sadovaya (Shans na Sadovoi) Chance on Sadovaya (Shanc na Sadovoi) has a selection of books by Russian and foreign authors, specialized literature, classic and contemporary literature, and foreign language books.
40 Sadovaya Ulitsa

Dom Knigy The city´s favourite bookshop boasts a historic location and three spacious floors of books and a quiet café overlooking Nevsky pr. In halls with highly domed ceilings and brightly tiled floors, the range of reading material is astonishing. The ground floor contains sports, technology, agriculture, art and foreign languages; the basement displays natural and social sciences, law and health and the top floor is dedicated to fiction and the pleasing (yet rather expensive) café. Dom Knigy offers a good range of classic and modern non-Russian and translated Russian literature. Open: 09:00–24:00 Nevsky pr. 28

DVK DVK has a good range of maps, cards and Russian books. Open: 24hrs. Nevsky pr. 20

Peremensheniye Tsennosty This singlefronted bookshop holds a wide variety of Russian art books, English fiction and German fiction. There´s also a collection of various art dvds with Russian and European masterpieces as well as some great photobooks on St. Petersburg. Ul. Kolokolnaya 1

Staraya Kniga (Old Book) Staraya Kniga (Old Book) has two rooms: the one on the left has maps, pictures and (second hand) old books, and the one on the right has new books, English-language novels, dictionaries and Soviet posters (copies and even originals for a few thousand roubles). Open: 10:00–19:00  Nevsky pr. 3 (in courtyard)

Writers´ Bookstore (Knizhnaya Lavka Pisatelei) Writers´ Bookstore (Knizhnaya Lavka Pisatelei) features Russian and foreign literature, fiction, science and some contemporary literature in English.
66 Nevsky Prospekt

DEPARTMENT STORES

Bolshoi Gostiny Dvor Bolshoi Gostiny Dvor Department Store offers a large selection of retail goods for home, clothing for children, men and women, sporting goods, toys, jewelry, souvenirs and children´s playground.
35 Nevsky Prospekt

Leningrad House of Trade (DLT) Leningrad House of Trade (DLT) offers a selection of retail and wholesale goods for home, perfumes, jewelry, clothes for children, men and women.
21/23 Bolshaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa

Moskovsky Department Store Moskovsky Department Store features clothing for children, men and women, house wares, sporting goods, souvenir and art.
205 Moskovsky Prospekt

Narvsky Department Store Narvsky Department Store offers a selection of clothing for children, men and women, toys, house wares, electronics and sporting goods.
120–130 Leninsky Prospekt

Passage Trading House Passage Trading House features high-quality fashion for children, men and women, house wares, antiques, jewelry and souvenirs.
48 Nevsky Prospekt

Svetlanovsky Department Store Svetlanovsky Department Store features an array of salons offering clothes, jewelry, house wares, souvenirs and children´s playground.
29/1 Prospekt Engelsa

GROCERY MARKETS

Kuznechny Market Kuznechny Market-just down the block from Dostoyevsky´s apartment museum, this market features fresh produce, fish, meat, sundries and more.
3 Kuznechny Pereulok

Nakhodka This cheap supermarket opposite the Circus on Fontanka sells vodka, wine, toiletries and food. Open 24hrs. Nab. reky Fontanky 5

Prisma From Finland, this brand spanking new supermarket is in the basement of the Moscow Hotel Centre, just next to the hotel. The super centre as they call it has all the hallmarks of western shopping, except the staff of course. For some reason, nothing to do with its country of origin, it´s very cold here. It´s brisk but that makes you shop faster and keeps everything, even the rows and rows of beer very cold indeed. Open 07:00 - 23:00.     Pl. Aleksandra Nevskogo 2 (Moscow Shopping Centre)

Sennoi Market Sennoi Market-situated in one of the older and Dostoyevsky inspired quarters of the city, this newly renovated market also offers fresh produce, fish, meat, sundries and much more.
4/6 Moskovsky Prospekt

Supermarket Passazh This well-stocked supermarket is centrally-located and has a lot of western products. Open: 10:00 - 22:00 Nevsky pr. 48 (in the basement)

Vasilyeostrovsky Market Vasilyeostrovsky Market-located on the city´s largest island, this market offers fresh produce, fish, meat, sundries and much more.
18 Bolshoi Prospekt, Vasilevsk

SOUVENIR & GIFT STORES

Art & Craft The sister shop of Souvenir Shop, just around the corner at Nevsky 20, this place has an astonishing range of goodies. From your standard Matryoshka dolls to some kitschy Russian soldier hats to childrens toys and tons of little nick-nacks to fill those gaps in your suitcase. Open: 10:00 - 23:00 Ul. Bolshaya Morskaya 12

Arteria Arteria´s catalog includes a wonderful collection of canvases as well as decorative and applied art by some of St. Petersburg´s most talented artists.
32–34 Nevsky Prospekt

Babushka Babushka Art Store invites guests to the wonderful World of Russian art. Decorated in the style of a 17th-century nobleman´s house, Babushka´s rooms contain a complete collection of Russian souvenirs and presents to suit all tastes and budgets.
33 Naberezhnaya Leitenanta Shm

Heritage Souvenir Boutiques If you are looking for a relaxing environment in which to purchase your St. Petersburg mementos, the Heritage is a great place to go. Friendly and attentive staff members are available to answer any questions, but unlike many other stores, will not pressure you into purchasing. It has a huge assortment of ´Faberge Easter eggs´, matryoshka dolls and amber jewellery, as well as an impressive collection of lacquer boxes from the MsteraSchool of miniature painting. There are also more unique items such as fur hats and wooden chess-sets, as well as a wide-variety of paintings. Most items are of very high quality, and this is often reflected in the price. Shipping assistance available upon request. Open: 08:00 - 22:30 Nab. reky Moiky 37

Imperator (Emperor) The Emperor Art Hall is one of the only outlets that exclusively stocks collections by well-known Russian artists and craftsmen as well as talented newcomers. Emperor´s spacious rooms house a complete collection of Russian souvenirs and presents to suit all tastes and budgets.
3 Ulitsa Dekabristov

Kailas The smell of incense permeates this Eastern themed shop inviting patrons to spend lots of time shopping. They have good presents at low prices, like the incense, jewellery, clothes and decorative items from India, Pakistan and Tibet. Most impressive is the big collection of CDs with Russian and world music, whether it is hip hop, rock, or jazz. They are really good at tracking down obscure music.  Open: 11:00 - 21:00 Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00. Ul. Pushkinskaya 10

Katarina One of the first souvenir boutiques in St. Petersburg, Katharina is named in honor of the Great Russian Empress, Katharine II and located near The Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defense and the Siege.
46 Angliyskaya Naberezhnaya

Lomonosov Porcelain Shop For those who don´t have time to travel to the Lomonsov factory, you can peruse the great range of porcelain creations in the heart of the city. They have striking traditional Russian tea sets and modern commemorative editions. Be reassured that these gifts are locally made and the staff will pack them up for you so they can be transported safely. Open: 10:00 - 21:00 Sennaya Shopping Centre, Ul. Efimova 3

Millenium Millennium is located on the ground floor of the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel and has a fine selection of all of life´s finer pleasures: alcohol, cigars, chocolates and caviar. Check this place when you plan on a relaxing evening in your hotel room or if you want to bring a gift home to your loved ones. Open: 24hrs. Nevsky pr. 57 (in the passage of Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel)

Nevsky Souvenir Hand painted lighters, chess boards and boxes representing different schools of painting – the icon tradition and the realist tradition. They sell traditional painted Russian string instruments “Gusli” and “Balalaika”. Faberge style eggs and natural amber necklaces in some stunning designs are contrasted by quirkier items like scarves, puppets, magnets, key rings and oven gloves. The beautiful boxes made from birch bark are particularly nice. The helpful English speaking staff can also help you to book tickets for the theatre and tours. Open: 10:00 - 21:00 Nevsky pr. 3

Onegin Onegin is a real find for anyone who wants to treasure their memories of a trip to Russia and St. Petersburg. Onegin´s eight spacious rooms spread over two floors house a complete collection of Russian souvenirs and presents to suit all tastes and budgets.
Open: 08:00 - 22:00
11 Italianskaya Ulitsa

Pryalka (Spinning Wheel) Salon The Spinning Wheel salon boasts a unique and warm interior in the style of a Russian peasant hut. Here you can find down hosiery and knitwear both handmade and machine-made, stylish warm scarves, beautiful blouses and much more. And you´ll also find great accessories here including purses, gloves, hats and stockings.
10 Pushkinskaya Ulitsa

Red Oktober Of course, you can not leave Russia without a matryoshka (nesting doll) or some other typical Russian souvenir. The Red Oktober shop has a good choice of reasonably priced little knick-knacks. Open: 09:00 - 20:00 Konnogvardeysky bul. 6

Russian Usadba This art salon has unusual gifts with a bias towards the handcrafted and artistic. As well as Russian peasant dolls from across the land including ones which you can turn upside down from girl to grandma, there´s hand stitched toys and heroes taken from Russian folk tales. There´s also brightly painted comic pictures, wooden carved toys, jewellery and different postcards, ceramic chimes and scarves. Open 11:00 - 20:00, Sun 11:00 - 18:00. Ul. Stremyannaya 7

Souvenir Shop Nevsky, 20 Sporting a large range of souvenirs with helpful and not overbearing English speaking staff, this shop is packed with all the usual goodies. They stock amber, enamel boxes, Russian recipe books for those who have fallen in love with Russian cuisine, fluffy hats and CCCP t-shirts. They also have jewellery and soldiers in the form of your favourite Russian military or folk hero. Open: 10:00 - 23:00 Nevsky pr. 20  

 

Souvenirs Fair If you need gifts to cart back to your friends and family, make sure to stop by this outdoor souvenir market, on canal Griboedov behind the Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood. The market´s specialties include hand-painted matryoshka dolls of all sizes, Soviet memorabilia, cheap fur-hats, beautifully designed chess boards and Mc Lenin t-shirts. Most of the vendors speak good English, and bargaining is normal practice; in fact, it´s expected! Open: 11:00–19:00 Nab. kan. Griboedova 1

Stroganov Palace Art Store Also known as Salon Stroganovsky, this large, centrally-located souvenir shop has a bit of everything from amber to matryoshkas. You can also buy Russian folk costumes and traditional folk music CDs, too. Open: 10:00 - 20:00 Nevsky pr. 17

Suvorov Treugolka Shop If you are looking to take home the hat of Russian generals and Tsars, you need go no further than this tiny hat shop selling the famous three cornered hat (treugolka). Named after the Russian General Suvorov, this hat shop is a mere room contained within a hairdressers, so it can be a little hard to find. Go through the gates into the courtyard, turn right at the cartoon picture of Suvorov plastered to the wall and ask at the hairdressers. They will then open up the room and allow you to try on their handmade creations. Retailing for 2500Rbl, all tregolki are handmade just outside the city and are popular with tourists, fans of fancy dress and anyone with a Napoleon complex. Open: 10:00 - 18:00 Ul. Italyanskaya 6 (through into the courtyard, go right to the hairdressers)

CDs AND DVDs

Classica This classical music shop is located on Mikhailovskaya ulitsa in the Philharmonic´s Grand Hall the city´s main concert hall, just opposite the Grand Hotel Europe. This is the place to be for classical music lovers and musicians. In additional classical recordings available on CD or vinyl LP they also sell scores. Open: 10:00–22:00 Malaya morskaya 13

Fonoteka Probably the grooviest cd and dvd store around. The friendly staff speak little English but they are always willing to help and will order different artists for you or rummage out the back to see. You can request to listen to cds and then plop down to chill out on the leather sofas. And they have a renegade penguin, liberated from the Antarctic Museum roof installation just down the road. They also have zines and other self publications so Russian readers can pick up some modern notes from the underground. Open: 11:00–22:00.  Ul. Marata 28

FASHION

Backstage Gallery Located just underneath the extraordinary Globus Gallery, finding this trendy clothes boutique is an experience in itself. But for those looking for one-of-a-kind pieces, it is worth the trek. Upon entering this unassuming store you will find a range of creations from young Russian designers. The prices are a little steep, but then again who knows how much these items will be worth when the up-and-coming designers make it big. Ligovsky pr. 74A, office 6

Baltisky Fashion Centre This modern shopping mall is a one-stop shopping destination for fans of high fashion. Over 100 boutiques from Russian and international designers are located in this beautiful open-concept glass covered complex. Besides the huge assortment of clothing and accessories, this mall also houses a cinema, various cafes, a superb restaurant and a huge parking complex. The top floor is more like an art gallery than a shopping mall, and is really quite luxurious. Home to fourteen exclusive boutiques, it showcases the creations of Russian designers such as Alexander Kiaby, Princess and Frogs and Elena Kvel. Open: 11:00 - 21:00 VO, Bolshoy pr. 68

Defile Boutique This is the first boutique in town to sell clothes from exclusively Russian designers. You can find the best and most original designs here not only from Petersburg, but also from other parts of the former Soviet Union, including Ukraine and Belarus. The owner Irina Ashkinadze is an organizer of the annual fashion show Defile on the Neva. Open: 11:00–20:00 Sunday: 12:00–19:00. Nab. Kan. Griboedova 27

Fashion House Irina Tantsurina Tantsurina is yet another well-known name among Petersburg designers. She mainly works with natural fur and leather. Before she created her own brand, she worked for the largest Russian manufacturers of fur in Volgograd and St. Petersburg. Her boutique is located a few meters off Nevsky prospekt, near the Moika canal. Open: 11:00 - 21:00 Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed. Bolshaya Morskaya ul. 16

Fashion House Lilia Kisselenko Kisselenko is one of the most famous fashion houses in St. Petersburg. She is known for simple, straightforward designs and silhouettes. Her collection can be found in a nice boutique in a courtyard on the pedestrian Malaya Sadovaya Street. Look for the sign above the street on the right when walking from Nevsky prospekt. Open: 10:00 - 18:00 Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed Ul. Kirochnaya 47, 1

Fashion House Tanya Kotegova Tanya Kotegova owns a boutique on the Petrograd Side. Her collection is made from expensive natural materials following classic trends. She caters for elegant and stylish women. She works with fur, kashmir and wool and also designs some outstanding evening dresses. Open: 11:00 - 20:00
Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed.
PS, Bolshoy pr. 44, 2nd floor

Fashion House Tatyana Parfionova With a prime location on Nevsky prospekt, this is an exceptional boutique with unique creations. Ring the doorbell and Parfionova´s attentive and English speaking staff will assist you in your quest to impress your friends back home. What makes her style so distinctive and new Russian are her addiction to embroidered details and love of sumptous fabrics and colour. Not for shrinking violets! Open: 12:00 - 20:00 Nevsky pr. 51

Gallery De Luxe Vanity The spacious, four floored gallery is quite the darling of Russia´s fashionistas.  The garments, both eveningwear and casual, shoes, handbags and home wear by designers such as Miu Miu, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada are presented like works of art in a hushed atmosphere. Elegant shop assistants glide around the marble floors effortlessly offering assistance. Open: 11:00 - 22:00. Kazanskaya pl. 3

Maison Martin Margiela It must be destiny that the premises of this Parisian design house has a definite bias towards the colour white. White floor and walls, even white leather tiles underfoot and of course the luxuriously priced fashion hanging from white coathangers. Hip and trendy sales staff are mostly young male metrosexuals wearing white labcoats ready to assist with discreetly showing the collection. Open: 11:00 - 21:00 Ul. Bolshaya Konyushennaya 2

Topshop In London Top Shop sells an average of 30 pairs of knickers a minute. So when you can´t go to London, but you still want the fashion, just come here instead. The little shop in the Sennaya shopping centre lives up to the Topshop maxim of cutting edge fashion and affordable prices. Thankfully the knitwear doesn´t have beads and sequins sewn on. The only thing missing is some real British staff. Open: 10:00 - 21:00 Sennaya Shopping Centre, Ul. Efimova 3, 2nd floor

Zilli French label Zilli specialises in creating a complete range of luxury menswear and handcrafted accessories. They pay immense detail to all facets of design, only ever selecting the best materials, which includes French lamb leather, ostrich, and crocodile. Open: 11:00 - 21:00 Grand Hotel Europe, Ul. Mikhailovsky 1/7

FLOWERS

Orange Orange is the biggest chain of flower shops in St. Petersburg with more than 15 stores. They sell single flowers, ready-made bouqets and can help you design your own collection. They also have a shop in Moscow Station. Open: 09:00–22:30 Open 09:00 to 22:30. Ul. Vosstaniya 1

Tsvetochny Domik The Ginza project is famous throughout the city for their stylish and sophisticated restaurants. Now they´ve opened a trendy flower shop too. The place is full of cute nicknacks and accessories for your bouqet and the florists working there are very professional, knowledgeable (and of course expensive). Open 24hrs. Florists work from 10:00 - 21:00. Ul. Karavannaya 12

FURS

Alexander Petrov Fur Fashion House Although, contrary to most stereotypes, Russians do not need to wear fur all year round, those who want to should be sure to stop by Alexander Petrov´s fur fashion house. Selling everything from fur underwear to custom-design fur coats, it is basically fur central. The award-winning designer pleases clients from around the world with his original, high-quality masterpieces. You are sure to fulfill your wildest fur-dreams. Open: 11:00 - 20:00 Ul. Marata 14

Irina tantsurina You are guaranteed to find the fur coat of your dreams at this glamorous, scintillating fashion house. The famous designer´s creative, sexy designs and elegant detailing will make your jaw (or your wallet) drop. Many of the long, all-fur coats cost around 330,000 Rbl but there are several dazzling leather coats with fur trim in this season´s collection for around 50,000 Rbl. Open:11:00 - 21:00. Bolshaya Morskaya 16

Mekhlandia Mekhlandia (World of Fur) is a huge store which has good experience in selling furs, leathers and other accessories. The shop is in the centre of the city and provides you with a high quality service and an individual approach. There´s great variety of coats, hats, bags, gloves, etc. It´s just like a museum where you can find unique masterpieces, except here anything can be yours! You can also find furs at Moskovsky pr. 19 (shop Dublenki) and at Vassilevky island, 6th Liniya 25 (shop Lvitsa). Open: 10:00 - 21:00 Nevsky pr. 54

Obsession Furs This fur salon sells the Blackglama collection of minks from American Legend Mink. Supermodel Cindy Crawford shows them off for you and you can see her painting at the entrance of the salon window on Vladimirsky prospekt. The employees in their salon are knowledgeable, kind and helpful. Go warm yourself up with some animal fur! Open: 11:00–21:00 Nevsky pr. 44 and Vladimirsky pr. 19

GOURMET SHOPPING

Chocolate Museum This designer-chocolate boutique, tucked in the basement of the Stroganov palace, has handmade chocolates and chocolate sculptures. Hungry chocolate-loving capitalists can even take home their very own chocolate Lenin. Open: 11:00 - 21:00 Ul. Zhukovskogo 18

Globus Gourmet (TC Svetlanovsky) This place is heaven for foodies.  You´ve crossed the threshold of this shop and been transported to a glamourous Food Hall of Europe. This store has an extensive range of every delicacy you didn´t know you were missing, from cheese and wines of the world and handcrafted sweets, gourmet teas, to the divine Iberian Jamon from south west Spain. The crusty bread looks like it came straight from a country kitchen; they also have a range of take-home ready to eat salads, pies and meats. They even a Faberge Imperial Vodka case in the shape of a Faberge egg (This retailed for just 49,110Rbl). Open 24hrs. Pr. Engelsa 33, korpus 1, litera A

Untsiva Untsiya (ounces) is the city´s top gourmet tea shop. It has a range of fruit, European and Asian-style tea leaves ranging in price from 75 - 250Rbl per four ounces (124g). Open: 10:00 - 22:00 Nevsky pr. 63

MARKETS

Aparskin Dyor You can buy anything in Apraksin Dvor, and the atmosphere is intoxicating - for about five minutes; after that, it´s exhausting. Leave your documents at home, hold onto your money and wander around the decaying buildings filled with shops and lined with outdoor stalls teaming with people, trolleys and individual vendors. Apraksin is a good place to pick up cheap clothes, shoes and household items. Open: 09:00 - 18:00
Monday: Closed.
Ul. Sadovaya 28-30

From 27/May Through August De La Ruk Fair Ever find yourself wandering around Nevsky prospekt wishing you could find something alternative and unusual to buy? Well head to De La Ruk and you will find all the most weird and wonderful bits and bobs you can imagine. On sale at this weekly craft fair you can find unique handmade toys, jewellery, clothes and ornaments from talented young local artists, and if you are lucky you may also catch a puppet show or concert by local street performers. Open every Saturday and Sunday 11:00 - 21:00. Nevsky pr. 32

Kuznechny Market Kuznechny is one of the finest markets in town. Just walking down the aisles is an experience in itself, as different vendors do their best to attract your attention by yelling things out and waving knives with bits of fruit stuck on the end for you to try. You can taste fresh honey, Korean salads and even caviar. Open: 08:00–20:00 Sunday: 08:00–19:00 Kuznechny per. 3

Painting Market Rain or snow, every day in front of Petersburg´s first catholic church you can buy paintings from Russian artists or let them draw your portrait or caricature. Artists sell their original work, although some also do good copies of Picasso and Repin, the Russian Rembrandt. between Nevsky

Polutrovsky Market (Bird Market) If the idea of little puppies shivering in the cold while being squashed on top of each other in a tiny cage upsets you, then we don´t recommend you visit the pet market. It´s not really a place for animal lovers. Ironically, there is also a fur section, where you can buy coats and hats from rabbit to the most exotic species. Open: 08:00 - 20:00. Poluostrovsky pr. 45

Sennoi Market This fresh-food market is known for its low prices. You can buy whole animal carcasses, or just individual parts: a cow´s head for example. The friendliest vendors are the fruit-sellers from southern Russia, who have stalls behind the enclosed market. Sennoi´s skeptical customers can sometimes be spotted carrying around their own scales, to weigh their potatoes themselves. Open: 08:00 - 20:00 Moskovsky pr. 4a

Udelnya Udelnya is St. Petersburg´s largest open-air flea market. If you enjoy sifting through tons of old garbage and stuff then this is your place. You will witness the largest grouping of babushkas in Russia sitting together and selling their household goods. A good chance you will find fine porcelain statuettes, rare clocks and soviet knick-knacks. Open Sat, Sun, 10:00 - 17:00.

Yunona Fair Yunona is bootleg central. It has lots of stuff, lots of people and the great majority of what´s being sold is illegal. Whether you want a Kalashnikov, or the latest blockbuster film on CD or DVD, it´s all here and it´s cheap. Every Saturday, in front of Yunona, there is also a second-hand market, which looks like a giant garage sale. A good place to find antiques and Soviet memorabilia. Open: 10:00 - 20:00 Monday: Closed Pr. Marshala Kazakova 40

SHOPPING CENTRES

Bolshoy Gostiny Dyor Since the 18th century, this large yellow building on Nevsky prospekt, has been one of St. Petersburg´s biggest shopping centres. One circuit of Gostiny Dvor, past the dozens of shops and tiny stalls, is a kilometre. The first floor has caviar, souvenirs, shoes, music and cosmetics. The second floor has clothes, designer boutiques, toys, furs and hats. Open 10:00 - 22:00. Wed, Thu 10:00 - 22:30. Nevsky pr. 35

 

Grand Palace Granity Palace is the city´s elite shopping arcade. It has a range of designer boutiques, including Escada, Trussardi and Vanity. Good cafes and restaurants too. Open: 11:00 - 22:00 Nevsky pr. 44 / Italyanskaya ul. 15

Mega (Parnas) If you´re not looking for the real “Russian” shopping experience, but to make your purchases at shops whose names you can read AND recognise, Mega is the mall for you! Vast, light and airy, Mega is complete with Zara, Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Monsoon, IKEA and many other Western names. On site you will also find an OMI (a home and garden store), Auchan (a hypermarket) and a huge Media Market. Open: 10:00 - 22:00 Pr. Engelsa

Passazh (Passage) This historical shopping arcade is impressive. It has a 180-metre long glass roof, and there is a top view from the coffee bar on the second floor. You can buy clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and souvenirs here. Open: 10:00 - 21:00 Sunday: 11:00 - 21:00. Nevsky pr. 48

Pik Shopping Centre This trendy shopping plaza has a lot of small cafes, fashion shops, a 24hrs supermarket in the basement, a big toy shop on the 3rd floor, an internet cafe - and by the way you have to try the elevators. Open: 10:00 - 22:00 Ul. Efimova 2

Sennaya Shopping Centre Massive and modern shopping with over 80 shops making it a great place to get that surburban shopping experience. There is also Bowling City on the top floor, which besides fulfilling all your Big Lebowski fantasies, has a bar and serves meals. Open: 10:00 - 21:00 Ul. Efimova 3

Stockman This Finnish department store on Nevsky offers reasonable prices and great seasonal sales. There´s both mens and womens wear as well as hip fashion and for those with domestic inclinations, a great gift and homewares section. Open: 10:00–21:00 Friday: 10:00–22:00 Saturday: 10:00–22:00 Nevsky pr. 25

Varhavsky Express Situated in the old Warsaw Train Station, this shopping complex takes great advantage of the original building with skylights across the roof and three levels of shops. Find all the usual suspects here that you can see on Nevsky but with a few added bonuses and of course without the crowds or the weather! Trawl through the designer shops on Level three, nip into Titanik to pick up a dvd, see what people are wearing in London by popping into Oasis or Karen Millen, then have a restorative brew in Coffee House. It really has got everything. If you still have some energy and not too many shopping bags, you can take advantage of the 24 hour bowling lanes. It can be hard to find an exit though as some escalators bypass the middle floor, so keep an eye out so you can find your way to the street again. Open 24hrs. Nab. Obvodnogo 118

Vladimirsky Passage This shopping centre opposite the Vladimirsky cathedral offers all you would expect from a top goods plaza. The first floor features one of Petersburg´s finest bakeries, where you can drink a coffee and eat daily-baked croissants, sandwiches and sweet Russian cakes. Isn the basement there is a great 24 hour supermarket (one of our favourites), where it is possible to buy fresh sturgeon from an aquarium. Open: 11:00 - 21:00 Vladimirsky pr. 19