Souvenir Shopping Part 2, 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 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: Russia » Moscow (See other walking tours in Moscow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 km
Author: Daniel
Gostiny Dvor

1) Gostiny Dvor

What to buy here: Zhostovo tray.

As well as a samovar, a Zhostovo hammered tray will make an outstanding decoration to any tea party, for it is not just a tray but firstly an artwork. The trays are hammered at the Zhostovo Manufactory which has been successfully working since 1825. The most popular motive is live-looking, slightly radiant fruit and flowers on a pitch-black background. The legend says that in the early 19th century Zhostovo painters used to travel about the country making sketches of what they wanted to paint on the trays, this is where such a large collection of floral designs comes from. Shiny apples, transparent grapes, enigmatic purple plums glow in the dark space of a tray with mysterious light: they resemble the fruit on the Italian Renaissance paintings. Sometimes, however, the trays show beautiful Russian landscapes and romantic old churches. More seldom they have portraits of people on them. Each tray created at the Zhostovo Decorative Art Manufactory is hand-painted and signed by the artist. Their price starts at $70. Zhostovo trays are mainly sold in Gostiny Dvor (Ilyinka str, 4, entrance No 6). The gift store works daily from 10 AM to 7 PM. Other places are "Russian Souvenirs" (Arbat, 12) and Russian Troika (Arbat, 20) working daily from 10 AM to 20 PM.

2) Rumela

What to buy here: Russian Honey.

Russia is proud of its innumerable sorts of honey, for apiculture has always been popular here. For many centuries honey has been an important item of Russian export. It is not only a tasty dessert, but also a wonderful wholesome product which helps people to confront many diseases. It is very nutritious and contains numerous vitamins and minerals. Various kinds of honey have their own healing qualities. In Russia honey is used to heal flu, wounds and burns, heart and stomach diseases. It is also an excellen beauty product to keep your skin young and shiny.

Honey largely varies in thickness, fragrance and color: it may be white, yellow, red and nearly black, transparent and not. The most delicious sorts are chestnut, lime and raspberry honey while considerably bitter dark buckwheat honey is the richest in vitamins. The usual price for honey is $0,5-1 per 100 grams.

Great honey bazaars where honey is brought from all over the country are annually organized in the most beautiful places in Moscow - memorial estates Kolomenskoye and Tsaritsyno. A large honey supermarket "Rumela" where one can also have a large choice and buy beautifully packed honey for a gift is situated in the center of Moscow, 5/10 Novokuznetskaya street. It is open from 9 AM to 8 PM from Monday to Saturday and from 10AM to 6 PM on Sunday.
Tretyakov Gallery Shop

3) Tretyakov Gallery Shop

What to buy here: Tretyakov Gallery Photo Album.

Founded in 1856 by a wealthy patron of art Pavel Tretyakov, State Tretyakov Gallery is famous for its unique collection of Russian fine art – from medieval icons to futurism and constructivism. The quality of exhibited works make it comparable to the French Orsay and the Italian Uffizi. It goes without saying that everyone wants to keep a small part of this beauty for themselves. Though you cannot buy an artwork from the gallery, you can nonetheless afford a large and beautiful book with great colorful photos and the detailed history of the best pieces exhibited in the museum. Printed on thick glossy paper , the album is nice to touch. The book is available both in Russian and in English and provides a detailed description of the published works. The museum's collections are represented by separate chapters. This is an elegant gift to please any book and art lover! You may acquire the album in the gallery itself on seeing the exhibition (10, Lavrushinsky Pass).
Opening times: Thursdays, Fridays: 10.00 am - 09.00 pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: 10.00 am - 06.00 pm.

4) Pushinka

What to buy here: Orenburg shawls.

Tender and as thin as cobweb, Orenburg shawls slightly remind us of the epoque of Tolstoi and Dostoevsky. They are highly appreciated throughout Russia for their romantic beauty, softness and warmth that helps Russian ladies to survive severe winters; for this important quality hand-knitted Orenburg shawl became the main character of a folk song yet widely known among the elder generation. Any woman will be pleased if wrapped in this fine piece of woolen lace; it will be a great sign of love and care. It is a rare example of an elegant and useful gift which will surely be appreciated! The traditional color of Orenburg shawls is white or grey, but today they are represented in a wide variety of colors. The shawls may be found in nearly all gift and souvenir shops in the center of Moscow. But for a truly lovely selection please visit Pushinka, a special shop located on Don Street, d.1, in the lobby of hotel "Academic", 3 minutes from a subway on foot toward Leninist boulevard. The shop works every day from 9 AM to 8 PM without lunch. The shawls may cost from $100 to $300.
Museum of Valenki store

5) Museum of Valenki store

What to buy here: Valenki (felted boots).

No footwear will warm you so well in severe winter than the famous "valenki", specially made of felted wool to be worn in thirty and forty degrees below zero, when ordinary boots fail to protect you. The first felted boots in history are supposed to be worn by the nomads of the Great Steppe more than one thousand years ago. The peak of their popularity in Russia was the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. Moreover, valenki still make part of the winter uniform of Russian army, for this footwear helped Russian soldiers to survive the bitter frost which accompanied the famous Stalingrad battle during the World War II.

For several decades after that valenki were generally considered as old-fashioned village footwear and worn in the city only in the coldest weather. Now the situation is strikingly different: felt boots are highly in fashion and make a source of inspiration for footwear designers who provide the valenki with rubber soles to make them serve longer. Valenki are made in different colors and decorated with leather, crystals and embroidery. It is a unique gift for keen fashion-lovers you will find nowhere else. If you visit the Museum of Valenki (12, 2nd Kozhevnichesky pass), you will not only see old and modern designs, but also have a chance to participate in felting master-class and try to make felted boots yourself! This extraordinary museum works on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 17 PM. Don't forget to visit the museum store! Other places you can acquire valenki are Arbat and the gift stalls between Red and Theatre squares.

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.
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Zamoskvorechie Nightlife

Zamoskvorechie Nightlife

An international hub that sees a fair number of tourists through its city throughout the year, Moscow features its share of hot nightlife establishments where the party never ends. Many Moscow nightclubs include restaurants on the premises where guests can enjoy fine dining, great cocktails, and a hot night of clubbing all under one roof. Take this Nightlife Tour in Moscow to see the very best the city has to offer when the sun goes down.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
A Walking Tour in Kitai-Gorod, Moscow

A Walking Tour in Kitai-Gorod, Moscow

Kitai-Gorod means China town in the Russian language. This is one of the oldest historical sites in the center of Moscow. In the past, Kitai-Gorod's territory was occupied by traders and craftsmen. Today the famous district is a preserved zone, due Gostiny Dvor, Moscow's first Print Yard, and other meaningful attractions that are presented in the guide below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Museums of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow

Museums of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow

The All-Russian Exhibition Center is a complex of buildings which are called pavilions. The center serves as house to some of the most important Russia's monuments. The pavilions are used as commercial space for exhibitions for different companies. The center has its museums, which are important representatives of the Russian culture. You may follow the list offered below to learn what museums you can visit if you decide to go to the All-Russian Exhibition Center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 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 Nightlife

Moscow Nightlife

Moscow boasts with a large number of good nightclubs. The city's nightlife scene features designed venues crowded with stylish guests. The Russian capital has some very popular clubs downtown, such as Solyanka, Propaganda, Art Garbage etc. Take this tour to visit the most popular clubs in the center of Moscow.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet

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Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

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