Best Places to Shop in Moscow
1. Gum Shopping Centre
GUM is one of the most famous department stores in Russia. It’s not only a fashionable shopping and entertainment complex, but also a unique and significant work of art, gorgeously designed with Russian architectural traditions throughout. Only few shopping malls in Russia can boast the fact that they were built more than a century ago and are still successfully operating.
2. Tsum Department Store
Central Universal Store (TsUM) is one of Moscow’s most famous premium department stores. Located within easy walking distance from the Hotel, it’s surrounded by world-class restaurants and bars. The shopping centre opened in 1857, when two Scottish merchants Archibald Merrilees and Andrew Muir based their trade company “Muir & Merrilees” in the building at Moscow’s Theatre. Later, the store became Russia’s first department store and catered to the upper middle class. Carrying on the age-old traditions, TsUM remains the first and main department store of the country, offering the highest-quality products, including deluxe clothing, footwear, accessories, cosmetics and perfume.
3. Eliseevskiy Store
The famous Eliseevsky Store opened in 1901 and is named in honour of millionaire and former owner Grigory Eliseev. The store is famous not only for its vast range of products, but also for luxuriously decorated halls built in neo-baroque style. Shop a range of high-quality products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
4. AFIMALL City
AFIMALL City retail and entertainment centre has become one of the largest and most ambitious investment projects implemented in Europe during recent history. The mall is situated in the most modern part of the city, the Moscow International Business Centre. It combines innovative architectural solutions and multifunctional infrastructure, offering visitors a wide choice of boutiques and entertainment options.
5. Tsvetnoy Central Market
The Tsvetnoy Central Market differs slightly from the usual perception of a shopping mall. There is simply more “air” here due to the small number of partitions in the building, which makes it more spacious and light. The modern department store is located on seven floors, each targeting different audiences. Shoppers can browse clothing and accessories by contemporary Russian fashion designers and from well-known international brands. There is also a wide range of cosmetics, perfumes and electronics. One floor of the mall is fully occupied by a farmers’ market with various products from all over the world, while the highest floors have several bars and restaurants.
6. Mall Modny Sezon
The Mall Modny Sezon shopping centre is also a cultural centre where various exhibitions, fashion shows and other events are held. It houses more than 70 stores, representing a wide range of clothing, accessories, optics, cosmetics, baby products and interior décor. There are also coffee shops, a sushi bar and other recreational areas.
7. Detskiy Mir (Children’s World Department Store)
Detsky Mir was the first and best department store during Soviet times that sold goods for children. It was opened in 1957 and remained the same until 2008, when it was closed for a massive renovation. It reopened in March of 2015, debuting the new and modern store that incorporates contemporary trends. There is the Childhood Museum, Kidburg (a “city” for children), Formula Kino (a children’s cinema), the famous Hamleys toy store and more than 200 shops and cafés. Children will love exploring the many interactive tutorials and educational materials throughout the shopping centre.