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Shopping in Moscow

If shopping is your true (or even secret) passion you got into the right place. Moscow is not only a big city, which always welcomes guests and visitors. The capital of Russia is a huge department store working 24/7 and capable of satisfying any buyers wants.

Moscow has fancy brand name boutiques of the world known, leading clothes and footwear designers, amazingly huge trade centers which sell all kinds of goods; product-oriented places where you can always find latest brand name electronic devices; markets where fans of Russian cuisine can buy groceries grown with care; small shops selling pretty hand-made knickknacks; antique shops selling history… All these things are easily found in Moscow aplenty as this city offers a great variety of goods of any quality. Anyone can find anything on his or her own taste in the capital of Russia be it antique or souvenirs, shopping in a trade centre, a children's or a bookstore.

However Moscow has something unique too – famous shopping malls GUM, TSUM and Petrovsky. They are not only main department stores located in the centre of Moscow. They represent an embodied history narrating the events through the architecture. The place where GUM is located now was destined to become a trade centre. People have been selling their goods here since XVII century. Later that place turned into «Upper shopping arcade». The building that looked like a modern building of GUM thanks to the architect Alexander Pomerantsev and the engineer Vladimir Shukhov appeared in 1893. GUM was rebuilt and renovated and became one of the symbols of the city surviving the throne and the Soviet times. GUM is located in the heart of Moscow on the Red Square and represents a middle class department store but also has lots of elite designer boutiques: Calvin Klein, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Burberry, Hugo Boss and Kenzo, you name it. It’s worth going to the second floor and buying anything you want on an average price or sitting in the hall centre near the fountain which is the age mate of the «Upper shopping arcade» and entered Moscow folklore long time ago.

TSUM's history is not that long: the building of the «Myur and Meriliz» department store was constructed in 1908, since 1922 the Central department store has occupied its space. From the shop selling fancy goods and hats TSUM evolved into a real department store of international level. It has more than enough monobrand boutiques selling luxurious clothes, footwear, accessorize and perfumes that is why it has become a foci of the capital's certified fashionists and trencher-men seeing that Globus Gurme – a notorious food store is located right here.

Petrovsky department store has been on Petrovka Street near Theatre Square for two centuries and still surprises people with modern art exhibitions and advertising campaigns with the participation of the world top models who present clothes by Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Yves Saint Laurent and Versace. Firsanovsky shopping arcade as they called it at birth has a deep history: it was built in 1906 and managed to function as an industrial exhibition, a movie theatre and a lingerie factory.

When you're in Moscow ask yourself: «What do I want to buy?» and don’t take no for an answer because there are lots of antique shops snugged in the centre of the city such as Art Antique in Skatertny lane or Elite Antique on Kutuzovsky avenue. Moscow also has permanently functioning auction houses (Auction house Kabinet) and) and old book stores (Bukinist, Paragraph) which offer genuine judges of art the brightest pages of the old publishing. The best place to buy souvenirs is Arbat Street and the shops Souvenirgrad, Russian Souvenir and Lavka Podarkov (Gifts shop).

Moscow won't disappoint other shopping fans. Visitors with children must go to Detsky Mir (Children's World) or another wonderful store called Kangaroo. Those who prefer to read a book in silence will be happy to visit a chain of bookstores Respublika (Republic) or bigger stores Biblio-Globus and Moskovsky Dom Knigi (Moscow Book House).

Guests who are not ready to spend lots of time buying things have a way out too. Near every subway station and in other public places there is at least one big shopping centre with plenty of various smaller shops.

If you want to buy something you can definitely find it in Moscow.

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