Aktsia A specialist in antique books and unusual inventions, this store also sells paintings and sculptures. 21/18 Bolshaya Nikitskaya St, Moscow

Antikvariat na Bronnoi Atmospheric and packed with stuff, this store is getting more upscale as rich Russian clients discover it. 27/4 Bolshaya Bronnaya Ulitsa, Moscow

Kupina This company´s two stores on the Arbat offer Russian and European art and antiques. Try to negotiate prices, since starting figures are often quite high. 6/2 Arbat, Moscow


Fashion 911 Your best choice for female clubbing clothes, Fashion 911 stocks a great range of sexy and stylish attire to make you stand out among the hordes of hip Muscovites. Doubling as an outlet for stripper costumes some of the outfits at this shop are quite revealing. But there are plenty of more modest options for the less risque. Also in stock are sexy lingerie and night gowns. Fashion 911 also deal in clubbing gear for special occasions such as Halloween and can make clothes and shoes to order. Bolshaya Polyanka Ul., #56, Bldg. 1

Art Point This small boutique features creative clothing designed by two local models. Mostly casual wear includes t-shirts, skirts, sweaters, scarves, handbags and watches, all with an innovative twist. ul Arbat 41, Arbat

Arte-Grim One of Moscow´s best known costume outlets, Arte-Grim benefits from a central location and the option to rent costumes. They stock a great range of costumes for all occasions and are especially prolific in their assortment of wigs and hats and historical, animal and carnival costumes. Anything that costs more than 2000R ($75) can be rented for as little as 20% of the cost price if you keep it for only 24 hours. The full purchase price is required as a deposit. Arte-Grim also does professional make-up.
Stary Arbat Ulitsa, #38

Big Star Denim, denim and more denim. This place carries new and used jeans in all colours, plus shorts, skirts and t-shirts. ul Rozhdestvenka 5, city centre

Burberry It´s official, you don´t have to come from Essex to be a Chav - Burberry has arrived in Russia! The upmarket fashion chain from London achieved both notoriety and riches when its brand became a must-have for Britains under classes (no Dagenham boy-racer would ever consider cruising the streets in his Ford Escort without first donning his Burberry cap). But despite this dubious association, Burberry´s reputation as a serious fashion label has remained firmly intact, and you can be sure that the Russian well-to-do will be falling over each other to get their hands on a coveted Burberry check. New store also opened in GUM. per. Stoleshnikov 10

CarneVale 2000 It´s not easy to reach but the range of costumes at CarneVale 2000 make the journey worthwhile. The only downside of this store is that you can´t rent their costumes. Luckily prices are very reasonable. A basic outfit can be bought for as little as 500R ($18.50), while 2400R ($90) will buy something that will make an impact. In their range are all manner of Halloween outfits, including robes, dresses and masks, historical attire, Santa Claus costumes and a whole range of more generic apparel. CarneVale 2000 also stock costumes for kids. Shchelkovskoe Shosse, #5

Chapurin Couture This boutique features clothing designed by renowned Moscow fashion designer, Igor Chapurin. Chapurin is somewhat of a fashion celebrity - not just in Russia, but also in Europe - for his collections, which always feature prominently at ´Fashion Week´ in Moscow. Savinnskaya nab 21, city centre

Denis Simachev Ambiguous, multiple and competing meanings are the calling cards of the fast-rising trickster of Russian fashion, Denis Simachev. A playful disregard for convention and good taste is on display everywhere in Mr. Simachev´s sartorial fun house. Downstairs, against the backdrop of an erotic Japanese anime mosaic, the lunchtime crowd chats over pancakes in booths designed like bathroom stalls and outfitted with toilet pull-chains. In the upstairs lounge, couples ogle jewellery and T-shirts embossed with characters lifted from Soviet-era propaganda cartoons and symbols appropriated from the controversial, boycotted 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Mr. Simachev´s clever appropriations of Russian personalities and styles — from tsarist naval uniforms to Mr. Putin´s face — have done much to enliven the city´s two main fashion events, Fashion Week in Moscow and Russian Fashion Week. They have also helped make him a regular invitee to the Milan shows. Stoleshnikov Pereulok 12/2, Moscow, 103031

Detsky Mir This was the primary children´s department store in the Soviet era, and though now it has plenty of competition, it also has the largest selection of toys and children´s clothing under one roof. Note: At press time, the central store was planning massive renovation, though dates remained undetermined. 5 Teatralny Proyezd, Moscow

Energie Ultra-hip Italian fashion outfit, Energie arrived with a bang in Moscow, when they opened this superstore. There are enough zip-ups, hipsters and funky belts to keep the coolest clubbers and gurus of contemporary fashion looking their best on the mean streets of Moscow. What´s more you will find their affiliated store Miss Sixty in the same building, so the girls needn´t feel left out. The store itself is something of an oeuvre d´art with its fluffy pink changing rooms and Mondrian prints on the door. ul. Arbat 51

Krylaty Krokodil The downside of this place is that it´s not the sort of store where you can simply go and browse the racks. Head to their office in the HermitageGardens and you´ll be given a catalogue to look through. But it is an extensive catalogue with over 600 costumes for adults and children. Historical outfits are their specialty, with attire ranging from Ancient Greece to Tsarist Russia to 1920s America. Carnival costumes and pop-culture icons are also on offer. Rent starts at 1000R ($37) but five times the rental amount is required as a guarantee. Costumes can be altered to suit any frame.
Karetny Ryad Ulitsa, #3, Bldg. 3, Office 32

Le Form This concept store has offerings from several Russian fashion labels. Art Deco fans will appreciate the 1930s-style classic silk dresses from Nina Donis, while modern-day Audrey Hepburns should like the 1950s-style movie-star gowns from Biryukov. Dmitrovski Pereulok 7, Moscow, 107031

Mantram This small boutique features Russian designs influenced by the mystic east. Clothes for men and women feature richly coloured fabrics and exotic patterns. Slippers, tapestries, pillows and other imported interior design elements are also on sale. Kuznetsky Most 11, city centre

Marki This bright boutique carries clothing by dozens of Russian fashion designers, some better known than others. It´s a great opportunity to witness the burgeoning Russian design scene. Prices are not outrageous. ul Pokrovka 17, Kitay Gorod

Petrovskiy passage Elite shoping centre: Moschino, Marina Rinaldi, Max Mara, La Perla, Nina Ricci, Mandarina Duck, Kenzo, Etro, Pomellato, Ermanno Scervino, Marina Rinaldi (Alfa), La Perla (Alfa), Mandarina Duck (Alfa), Etro (Alfa), Bosco Women, Bosco Men, Bosco Scarpa, Bosco Children, Bosco Women (Alfa), Bosco Men (Alfa), Bosco Children (Alfa). Open: mon-saturday 10:00 - 20:00, sunday 10:00 - 18:00. Kytyzovskiy prospekt, 3

Replay The ultra-trendy Italian jeansware brand has recently made its second home in Moscow, following the big cheeses´ disappointment when they discovered that their first store had been set up in a mall (Atrium, near Kursky station if you´re interested)! Imagine the embarrassment of having your flagship stall tucked away in a humble shopping centre! This time around Replay have set up shop in a standalone boutique, giving the brand the kind of prestige it needs in order to sell Western-priced denim to the Muscovites. Expect plenty of faded patches and cool little details that you just don´t get on your 501s. bul. Tverskoi 3/1

Shop "Pravitelstvo zvuka (Sound Government)" There is a wide choice of discs of all music currents (new age, acid jazz and so on). Prices vary from $16 to $20. Open: Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. till 8 p.m.; Sunday from 2 p.m. till 8 p.m. Serafimovicha street., 2

Stoleshnikov per The new wealth of Russia has created a class of Russians for whom nothing is too expensive or extravagant. If you have the cash, check out Stoleshnikov per is full of designer labels. Stoleshnikov per, city centre

Texas Jeans in all shapes and sizes. Not just blue jeans. Not even just denim. Texas carries jeans in every colour and fabric imaginable, from a wide variety of designers. This is the place to come looking for those yellow velvet jeans you always wanted. Tsvetnoy bul 25, Petrovsky

Tretyakovsky proezd The new wealth of Russia has created a class of Russians for whom nothing is too expensive or extravagant. If you have the cash, check out the designer boutiques of Tretyakovsky proezd, where Prada, Gucci and Armani jostle for your attention. Tretyakovsky proezd, city centre

Uneroid This wacky, underground boutique features cosmos-inspired fashion modelled on alien mannequins. Look for lots of tie-dye, batik and other way-out motifs. Designers include Chillout Family, Space Tribe and Acid Dreams. They have likely smoked their fair share of marijuana, resulting in a collection of cool clothes reminiscent of the hippy era. 2-ya Peshchyanaya ul 5, NW of City Centre


Salamander What kind of shoes do you need to survive the Russian winter? The sort built with German efficiency of course! Think of Salamander less as the Ferrari of footwear but rather the Audi. Comfortable, reliable, stylish, but not pretentious like those exuberant Italian brands, with their reckless disregard of all things practical. Well, one thing´s for sure, you´re not in Naples now girlfriend! Time to get yourself something more sensible than those high heels for slogging through the spring slush or winter snow. Salamander sell both mens´ and womens´ lines and three other stores exist in locations all around Moscow (see website for more details). Leninsky Prospekt 37a


Aromatny Mir You´ll find a broad selection of vodkas you won´t find at home, including several flavored with Russian wildflowers and herbs, as well as the rich Armenian brandies. Numerous stores across town; one of the most central locations is listed here. 29 Ulitsa Pokrovka, Moscow

Eliseyevsky Gastronom An abundant collection of teas, sweets, and other Russian goods is on display beneath the soaring ceilings of this flowery, ornate shop, which has a 100-year history of serving Russia´s discriminating palates. A good source of sweet gifts, unusual Russian tea tins, or just a stylish afternoon snack. 14 Tverskaya St, Moscow

Wine boutique "Gallery of Wines" Wine boutique is the first wine boutique in Russia. There are only French, but refined wines. You can find rare, not popular sorts. Wine accessories are also presented. Kutuzovsky pr-t, 1

Vinograd Wine. One of man´s earliest and, some would say, best discoveries. Where would we be without it? Food would taste bland, dinner parties would become painful tests of friendship, the French would be pointless (excusez-moi, si vous etes francais!), Jesus would be a miracle below par, and all of the Moscow Life staff would be doomed to be single forever more. Luckily as long as shops like Vinograd continue to piously perform their duty of keeping us in supply, none of the aforementioned is likely to happen - except maybe the last... Sniff. per. Bolshoi Kozlovsky 11


Actor Gallery This three-storey shopping centre is at the hub of one of Moscow´s busiest shopping streets. Stores are upscale but not exclusive - Ecco, Levi´s, Swatch and the like. Many of these same types of stores line Tverskaya ulitsa. Tverskaya ul 16/2, Tverskoy

Atrium This slick new shopping arcade is three stories of useful shops, including clothing and accessories, sporting goods, toys and luggage. It is one of Moscow´s more practical places to shop as it is not as exclusive as some of the more centrally located shopping malls. The mall contains a large Arbat Prestige store (a cosmetics boutique), a massive children´s play centre and plenty of places to eat. Zemlyanoy Val 22, Kitay Gorod

GUM king up the entire East side of Red Square, and looking more like a palace than a shopping centre, the GUM building offers designer shopping like few before will have experienced. Built at the turn of the 19th Century the complex boasts an elegantly-decorated interior, comprising of three parallel arcades, centred on a fountain and roofed by a splendid glass ceiling - magnificent! Whole afternoons can easily be wasted browsing through flagship stores of the likes of Christian Dior, Hugo Boss and Puma. And with Bosco Bar and Cafe onsite you don´t have to go far for a decent drink either! Red Square

Nautilus This oddly-shaped, four-storey building fronts Nikolskaya ulitsa and Teatralny proezd, with the entrance at the corner. Its bright interior houses a range of upscale boutiques, including a very trendy luxury spa on the top floor. Take a break from shopping at the fantastic Loft Café, also on the top floor. Nikolskaya ul 25, city centre

Novinsky Passage This newish shopping centre is perhaps better for eating than for shopping; but nonetheless it contains a variety of mostly high-priced boutiques, with additional shops continuing to open. Novinsky bul 31, Barrikadnaya

Okhotny Ryad Shopping Mall Manezhnaya pl, at the northwestern end of Red Sq, has transformed into the vast underground Okhotny Ryad Shopping Mall. Designed by Tsereteli, it´s worth a look just to shatter images of Russians queuing in the snow for bread. Mayor Luzhkov and his artist of choice, Zurab Tsereteli, are no strangers to controversy. Their taste for new, shiny, tasteless buildings beggars belief, but sadly for Moscow one has the power and the other has the”vision” to see through these awful projects. Manezhnaya pl, Red Square

Petrovsky Passage This luxurious, light-filled arcade, on Moscow´s premier shopping strip, houses a range of pricey shops, including La Perla, Max Mara, Bosco and others... ul Petrovka 10, city centre

Smolensky Passage Besides the Finnish department store Kalinka Stockmann, many other smaller shops are housed under the glass roof of this long-standing shopping mall. Smolenskaya pl 3/5, Arbat

TsUM Opened by a couple of Scottish entrepreneurs in the late 19th Century, TsUM rivals Red Square´s GUM as another gigantic, expensive department store. Located just near the Bolshoy Theater it features a similar mix of trendy boutiques and more affordable outlets selling all the wares you could hope for. ul Petrovka 2, city centre


Bolshoi Theatre Store This little boutique carries dance costumes and equipment. Fun souvenirs include masks, boas and costume jewellery, or an old-fashioned Bolshoi Theatre T-shirt. ul Petrovka 3, city centre

Detsky Mir This mammoth store - `Children´s World´ in English - was the premier toy store during Soviet times. Now Detsky Mir has a mix of imported and Russian-produced toys, along with well-stocked sporting goods and house wares departments (and other toys for adults).

Grand Collection Gallery This shop caused quite a stir when it opened in 2005, marking the return of Carl Faberge´s traditional ornaments to Russia. The beautiful eggs are known as the St Petersburg Collection these days since Unilever owns the Faberge brand name. Designed by Carl´s grandson Theo and great-great granddaughter Sarah, the modern eggs are as exquisite as ever and sell for between $5000 and $50000. The St Petersburg Collection also creates a beautiful range of jewelry and special tailor-made designs can be ordered through consultation with the Grand Collection Gallery´s director. Also at this amazing outlet are works from the House of Marchak, another brand that was exiled from the Soviet Union. But probably the most exquisite pieces on sale at the Gallery are the array of awe-inspiring, original, authenticated icons which mainly date from the 19th Century and sell for around $100000 and upwards. The Grand Collection Gallery is truly one of the sites of Red Square – it´s worth dropping in whether you can afford the prices here or not. Red Square, #5

Historical Museum Souvenir Shop Considering the location this souvenir shop boasts remarkably fair prices. Specializing in craftwork, you won´t find much in the way of Soviet-era regalia here. But you will find an extensive range of matrioshka, khokhloma and all the other famous Russian ornaments. Many of them are of quite exquisite quality. Staff are helpful if you make the effort to draw their attention away from their pressing magazine-reading or television-watching duties.
Red Square, #1/2

Ivan Tsarevich One of many souvenir shops on the Arbat, with little to choose between them. This touristy area is probably not the best place to buy souvenirs, as prices are high and bargaining is non-existent. But the selection is decent, in case you don´t have time to go out to IzmailovskyPark. ul Arbat 4, Arbat

Novikh Russkikh Mir Novikh Russkikh Mir (in English ´The World of New Russians´) is an amusing souvenir shop on the Arbat that also provides a valuable civic service. This little boutique pokes fun at the vulgarity of those wealthy entrepreneurs who, during the 90s, made and spent millions despite the fact that most of them could barely read. Most of the items on sale here are created using the same materials that are used in traditional Russian handicraft - the twist being that instead of finding delicate porcelain plates and saucers, you will find depictions of all the New Russians´ notorious talismen. Examples include the Gzhel credit card and mobile phone. Definitely worth a look if only for the cultural insight into these economic phenomena! ul. Arbat 36

Stary Arbat The lazy tourist´s destination for souvenirs, the stalls on Stary Arbat feature exaggerated prices, a limited range and average quality. The vendors are quite persistent but there is not as much room for bargaining here as there is at Vernisazh. You will be rewarded by slightly lower prices if you make the effort to trek down to the far end of the street (the Smolenskaya end). Surprisingly enough though, you will actually be better off dropping into one of Stary Arbat´s many dedicated souvenir shops than buying at the stalls. The shops are often cheaper, the quality is usually better and the staff are actually helpful.
Stary Arbat Ulitsa

Vernisazh Market in Izmailovo This famous souvenir Mecca has every Russian knick-knack or memento your heart could desire. Vendors will often ask for ridiculous prices at first but a bit of haggling will reduce your costs dramatically. Some of the sellers here can be quite aggressive in their methods but don´t be afraid to walk away if the price doesn´t sound right. After all, there are literally hundreds of stalls here selling the same products. The best time to go is on the weekends when all of the stalls in the complex are manned. Whether you´re after matrioshka, craftwork, Soviet regalia, fur hats or just plain, old junk, you will find it here. A lively place, Vernisazh is worth visiting purely as a tourist attraction.
Izmailovskoe Shosse, #73

Vorobyevy Gory Market They usually only pop up on weekends but the stalls at the lookout atop Vorobyovy Gory are quite good. While the souvenirs themselves don´t justify a trip out there, the surrounding area is well worth visiting. Prices are a little cheaper than you will find at the other markets and the vendors seem more chilled out. The range, however, is fairly limited.
Address: Vorobyevy Gory lookout

World of New Russians Stocks a wide range of overpriced but amusing gifts, mostly traditional Russian items with a New Russian theme (the Gzhel mobile phone, for example). ul Arbat 36, Arbat


Anglia British Bookshop One of Moscow´s oldest English-language bookstores is now in a new convenient location off of Tverskaya ulitsa, it carries the capital´s best selection of books in English, including contemporary literature and reference books. If you are not up for Anna Karenina in Russian, this is also a good place to pick up your English translation. Sponsors a used-book on sale, on Sunday afternoons. Vorotnikovsky per 6, Tverskoy

Biblio-Globus You´ll find this rich and varied Russian book emporium just beneath the computer center of the successor to the KGB. Its multilevel, packed selection includes books in English, children´s picture books, and antique books, and can suck you in for hours if you´re not careful. Ask the information desk for help to save time. 6 Ulitsa Myasnitskaya, Moscow

Bookberry Bookberry is a chain of modern bookshops, pitching itself as the most comfortable place to browse books in Moscow. Bookberry has a good range of English-language books – bestsellers, classics, historical and art. There are a number of outlets both in and around Moscow. Check the website for other locations.
Nikitsky Bulvar, #17/1

Dom Knigi A massive shop, and probably the best to visit for a tourist with an interest in books, Dom Knigi on Novy Arbat is the headquarters of a dominant Moscow chain. Aside from the huge range of books you´ll find maps, souvenirs, DVDs, magazines, office supplies and an antique book section. You can also pick up genuine Soviet propaganda posters here. The English-language section is of a comparable size to the other major bookstores. 8 Novy Arbat, Moscow

English Books One of the Moscow House of Books specialty outlets, the House of Foreign Books is possibly the best English-language bookshop in the city. A prime location on Kuznetsky Most Ulitsa houses plenty of novels from classics to bestsellers, along with reference books, various non-fiction titles and travel guides. In comparison to other shops in Moscow the range of English-language books is extensive but, of course, your options are still somewhat limited. Kuznetski Most street

Moskva A giant bookstore on Tverskaya Ulitsa, Moskva has a limited range of English-language material – mainly classics and bestsellers. You´ll also find some textbooks for learning Russian here as well as English-language travel guides. And, of course, there is an exhaustive range of material in Russian language. There is also a section selling antique books and other items.
Tverskaya Ulitsa, #8

Respublika A cool, new bookshop with a more modern feel than what you find in Moscow´s giant, old, rambling, confusing outlets. Along with books Respublika sells CDs and DVDs and has a cafe, sort of like a Russian version of Borders. The English language selection is decent and is more varied than you find elsewhere in Moscow. There are also French, Spanish, German and Italian language books on sale as well as a range of souvenirs. A trendier bookstore, Respublika is a pleasurable place to peruse.
1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ul., #10

Trading House Trading House is a very big bookshop, which has many Russian and foreign titles. Novy Arbat street, 20