The famous department store that stretches along one side of Red Square for some 242 meters, GUM is a popular place with tourists. Comprising of some 200 shops, you can buy just about anything you need here, but generally you’ll pay much more for goods here than elsewhere. Shops range from exclusive, upmarket boutiques to popular chain outlets and from fast food cafes to elegant restaurants. The three-level, glass-roofed building is quite exquisite and well worth exploring even if you’re not shopping.
Address: Red Square, #3, metro Ploshchad Revolutsii. Tel: 921-5763. Open 10:00-22:00. Website: www.gum.ru.
Opened by a couple of Scottish entrepreneurs in the late 19th Century, TsUM rivals Red Square’s GUM as another gigantic, expensive department store. Located just near the Bolshoy Theater it features a similar mix of trendy boutiques and more affordable outlets selling all the wares you could hope for.
Address: Petrovka Ul., #2, metro Teatralnaya. Tel: 292-1157. Website: www.tsum.ru.
Okhotny Ryad Shopping Center.
A relatively new, three-level underground shopping center,
Address: Manezhnaya Ploshchad, #1, metro Okhotny Ryad. Tel: 737-8849.
A chain of department stores with an emphasis on children, the main Detsky Mir at Lubyanka is a towering multi-level complex. With the focus on kids, this is the place to go for toys and children’s clothes. It can also be useful for anyone seeking office supplies, with an extensive range on the lower floor, and there are also sports shops and jewelry outlets here as well.
Address: Teatralny Proezd, #5, metro Lubyanka. Tel: 781-0950. Open Mon-Sat 9:00-21:00, Sun 10:00-21:00. Website: www.detmir.ru.
The massive Mega shopping center is one of the first sites people arriving to Moscow via Sheremetyevo airport will see. A popular shopping destination for all purposes, it’s a hassle to reach without a car but you can find cheap goods here. Major department stores in the complex include IKEA, Stockmann and Ashan. Then there is a huge amount of other shops selling all sorts of goods, a large food court and entertainment venues including arcade game parlors and a cinema. It can be reached by free courtesy buses leaving Rechnoy Vokzal metro.
Address: Leningradskoye Shosse, 24km, metro Rechnoy Vokzal. Tel: 221-1390. Open 10:00-22:00. Website: www.megamall.ru.