Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Moscow

It would be a pity to leave Moscow without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Moscow, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Russia » Moscow (See other walking tours in Moscow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: Daniel
Novaya Zarya

1) Novaya Zarya

What to buy here: Krasnaya Moskva Perfume.

"Krasnaya Moskva" ("Red Moscow") is a Russian perfume with a history. As well as the red flag and the portrait of Gagarin, it is a symbol of the Soviet époque, especially for ladies. Created in 1913 by Henri Brocard, an outstanding Moscow perfumer, French by origin, it was known under the name "The Empresses' Bouquet" and was dedicated to Maria Fyodorovna (Danish princess Dagmar), mother of Nikolay II, the last Russian emperor. Later on, after the Revolution, the Brocard perfumery was renamed into "Novaya Zarya" ("The New Sunrise"), and its chef-d-oeuvre also received a new name - Red Moscow. It is said to be highly appreciated by the famous Russian actress Lyubov Orlova and the first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova. Even today its bottle remains the same as it was designed at dawn of the Soviet era. However, today, in the 21st century, "Krasnaya Moskva" remains popular with Russian women. It has a strong and long-lasting fragrance with such opening notes as neroli and bergamot, jasmine and rose and ilang-ilang as basic notes and the trail composed of iris, vanilla and tonka beans. This sensual and feminine perfume is sold in "Novaya Zarya" stores located in the heart of the city. Limited editions of "Krasnaya Moskva" clad in more sophisticated souvenir bottles that can be found in the brand store situated at Gostiny Dvor (4, Ilyinka str), which is close to the Kremlin and the Red Square. Other shops of the network are located in 12, Nikitsky Avenue and 43, Arbat street.

2) Raritet

What to buy here: Enamel and Amber Artisan Jewelry.

Vintage-looking finifty jewelry is made of painted porcelain elements clad in the pieces of silver lace; one can imagine an elven princess wearing such decorations. Rings and bracelets, hairpins and lockets, there are a lot of beautiful pieces to the most exquisite taste, and this is something you will surely not find in other countries. Real finifty is only produced in the city of Rostov; it is always handcrafted and hand-painted; the jewelry is usually decorated with floral motives, though sometimes the design may be different: for example, a locket or a brooch can have a small landscape on it.

Amber, romantically called “the tears of the Sun” is mined on the Baltic coasts of Russia. Most often it resembles magically hardened sunlight or golden honey, but in reality its color varies from almost white to almost black with red flame in its depth. Amber is very loved by Russian artisans. It is used to make jewelry of all known kinds and styles, business souvenirs, chess sets and interior decorations. Both amber and finifty can be acquired at the shop “Raritet“ (31, Arbat street, open 10AM-8PM) and many other Arbat gift stores; besides, amber is sold in numerous jewelry shops about the city. The price of finifty and amber jewelry varies from $50 to $500.
Russki Promysel (Russian Handicraft)

3) Russki Promysel (Russian Handicraft)

What to buy here: Matryoshka (Russian nested doll) | Samovar.

Though modern Russians don't always follow their old traditions, everybody still remembers "the hero" of the old Russian tea party - the famous samovar, a far relative of today's electric kettle. Designed to keep the water hot for a long time and thus contributing to a long tea-talk, this curvaceous metal water boiler is considered as a symbol of a family unity and comfortable home. Russian samovar appeared in the 18th century in the Ural region. Its "ancestor" had been known in Iran many centuries before.

So what is the procedure of water-boiling in the samovar? Those who prefer modern comfort with minimum cares choose electric ones. Though they look different from the ordinary kettles, the principle of work is the same: you fill it with water, plug it into the socket and you wait for the water to boil. The authentic samovars, which were used in the 18th and the 19th centuries, work on charcoal and have a small furnace inside. The water is poured into a cup or a teapot. You can choose between the two types in the numerous gift and antique shops in Arbat street - for example, "Russki promysel" (4, Arbat street). Those who do not like large and heavy souvenirs, can buy themselves a nice small samovar about 5 liters.
Yeliseevsky food store

4) Yeliseevsky food store

What to buy here: Caviar | Kvass | Vodka.

Red caviar - salmon caviar, brought to Moscow from the Far East of Russia - has become world’s symbol of prosperity. Tiny and shiny semi-transparent balls in different shades of red resemble precious stones: they look beautiful on canapés and taste good. Besides, caviar is a very nutritious product. It is considered wholesome to one's brain, bones and eyes and helps to reinforce immune system. Caviar contains nearly all known vitamins and protein; it is the rare case when the proteins are 100% consumed by human organism. In the Far East, red caviar has always been the favorite food of hunters and fishermen; in some regions it even replaced bread. It was not until 1908 that they started selling it in Moscow and St. Petersburg thanks to the new technology of preservation. Since then, caviar has easily conquered Russian and foreign markets, and its price rapidly soared. Now caviar is a national delicacy. Its regular price is $10-15 for 100 grams. High quality caviar is sold in Yeliseevsky food store - the oldest one in Moscow, located in 14, Tverskaya street and working 24h a day. It can also be found in large supermarkets and premium-class shops such as "Azbuka vkusa" (8, Novinsky Avenue, 22 Sadovaya-Triumphalnaya).

5) GUM

What to buy here: Russian fur.

"Soft gold" - this is how Russians poetically call furs. No wonder: for many centuries furs were historically used as currency along with golden and silver coins and made up a premium export item. Hunt used to be one of the most important sources of income in this country, rich in dense forests, and when Siberia joined the Moscow kingdom in the 16th century, Russia has received, along with the mines of ordinary gold, vast quantities of the soft one. For a long time, fur was not a luxury item; it was necessary to survive the severe Russian climate. Even today to present your wife with a fur-coat of mink, sable or polar fox fur is considered as a sign of deep spousal attachment and care, as wearing furs is the best way to feel comfortable and look sexy. It has no sense to list all kinds of fur produced in Russia - from lambskin to precious ermines. A full-length fur coat will cost from $ 2000 to $10000 relevant of the sort of fur and its quality. It is most reasonable to buy furs at the fur factory in the north of the city or can visit the fur salon "Tri Lva" (Three Lions) at GUM at Red Square (open daily from 10 AM till 9 PM).

Walking Tours in Moscow, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Moscow

Create Your Own Walk in Moscow

Creating your own self-guided walk in Moscow is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Most Popular Garden Ring Attractions in Moscow

Most Popular Garden Ring Attractions in Moscow

The Garden Ring is the major circular avenue around downtown of Moscow. Originally, the Garden Ring was built as a defensive fortification for Moscow. Today, the circumference of sixteen kilometers of the avenue is rich in architectural beauties, monuments, museums etc. The tour suggested below will help you get more familiar with Moscow's Garden Ring and its fascinating sights.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Popular Sights of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow

Popular Sights of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow

Also known as VDNKh, the All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow is a large complex that occupies a territory of 3 square kilometers and has 400 buildings. The complex provides commercial space for major exhibits, and houses Russia's most important monuments, such as Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, the Friendship of Nations fountain, monument to the Conquerors of Space etc. Don't miss the chance to visit some of the most popular sights at VDNKh. There is a list of attractions suggested below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Museum Walk in the Center of Moscow

Museum Walk in the Center of Moscow

Moscow is the capital of Russia and the cultural center of the country. The city boasts a large number of museums which reveal Russia's culture and development. Take this hour tour to visit Moscow's most representative museums in the center of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Moscow without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Moscow, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia. It is also a major political, cultural, economic and religious center. The city has a big number of places that worth being visited. Take this orientation walk to explore the best attractions Moscow has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Moscow's Red Square Fascinating Sights

Moscow's Red Square Fascinating Sights

Located in the heart of Moscow, the Red Square is regarded to be the central square of the whole Russia. It is also one of the most famous squares in the whole world. Spend 3 hours to this self guided tour and enjoy the sights of the heart of Moscow.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Moscow, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.