Travel to Russia and enjoy Russia tours and shopping in Russia. Visitors to Russia will find plenty of ways to spend their
money, particularly in Moscow and St. Petersburg where shops
catering for tourists are everywhere. Here you'll find art
and antique stores, souvenir shops, department stores and
outdoor flea markets.
Russia's shops, stalls and department stores sell many items
to travelers, including crystal bowls, leather bags, and
woolen sweaters, as well as fine amber jewelry, paintings
It is necessary to allow extra time for souvenir hunting:
shopping can be a time-consuming activity, owing to the
relatively chaotic state of the retail trade in the Russian
Federation. It is also advisable to shop around, as prices
Kholui and Palekh lacquered boxes make attractive souvenirs.
Traditional and amusing Matryoshka dolls (wooden dolls within
dolls) are widely available. Khokhloma wooden cups, saucers
and spoons are painted gold, red and black. Dymkovskaya
Igrushka are pottery figurines based on popular folklore
characters. Engraved amber, Gzhel porcelain, Vologda lace
and Fabergé eggs (Easter eggs) and jewelry are highly sought
after. A Samovar (a metal urn with a spigot at the base,
used in Russia to boil water for tea) also makes a good
Interestingly enough at each station of the Trans-Siberian
Railway you will find old ladies who will sell homemade
food. They will offer you warm food like pelmeni (a sort
of little boiled pasties), bread, sausages, pickles, and
smoked fish. However, each station has something different.
Do not hesitate to buy something from them, their goods
Shops accept payments in roubles and, occasionally, by credit
Russian's general shopping hours are Mondays - Saturdays
09:00am to 19:00pm and most food stores are open on Sundays.
24 hour stores are only now becoming somewhat more common.
Local banking hours are from Mondays to Fridays 09:30am