After exploring the panoramic Red Square, head to GUM for some retail therapy. Built in the 1880s to replace older trading booths and initially called the Upper Trading Stalls, GUM has been a local favorite for centuries. Today the magnanimous complex features premium designer labels and upscale brands like Levi's, Sony, Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Dior. Lovely cafes serving local specialties as well as international classics punctuate the shopping scape. Make a 90 degree upward turn for a vertigo-inducing view of the majestic glass ceiling that nestles the central fountain and Victorian accents.
This is one of the biggest shopping centers in Moscow, and until 1922, it was known as 'Muir and Merilis' after two Scottish men who set up a trading company here in the late 19th Century. Elderly Muscovites will still use this name. A five-story building was constructed and opened in 1908. At that time, it was the best-equipped store in Moscow, and customers were especially enthusiastic about electrically-powered lifts, and the fame of the Moscow shop spread throughout Russia. Now, this shopping center houses around 1500 local and international brand which sell all kinds of clothes and shoes, haberdashery, jewelry, rugs from Asian countries, china, toys, kitchen utensils, and electric appliances and more.
This showy $350-million project, patronized by Moscow's ambitious Mayor Yuri Luzhkov is situated right at the heart of Moscow near the Kremlin. The underground trading house was advertised as the eighth wonder of the world, but in reality it looks like a blinged-up shopping mall, with lots of columns, gold, brass and stained glass. Nevertheless, the place has become a "must" for visitors to Moscow from the provinces. Throughout the three stories you can find furs, Cuban cigars, a food court, and all familiar brands like Benetton, Estée Lauder, Speedo and Guess. The glass elevators are hugely popular, providing views of the central fountain and sun-lit stained-glass ceiling.
Originally conceived as a generic road leading out of Moscow in medieval times, Tverskaya Street has since become a central artery of the city as well as a constant reminder of Russia's dynamic history. The avenue houses a variety of historically significant buildings including the National Hotel, the Yermolova Theatre, the State Duma, and a number of buildings used by Stalin and Lenin during their days in power. The streets modern appearance took shape in the 1930s after a significant number of buildings were demolished in order to straighten and widen its crooked original layout. Today it is a trendy shopping district, where tourists and locals can take in the herculean neoclassical buildings that line its sidewalks while spending some some hard-earned rubles.
Petrovsky Passage (Петровский Пассаж) was built in 1906 and has been a popular shopping destination among the elite in town. Its vaulted, tubular glass roof and ornate catwalks are some of the highlights of this mall. Whether it is its stunning architecture or the shops inside, this place will intrigue you. Shopaholics will love exploring famous designer brands like Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Marina Rinaldi and Max Mara on the first floor. While the second level showcases all of the Bosco family's brands. There is also salon and spa on-site. This arcade is known for its personalized service and is among the expensive malls in the city.
This is a very large and luxuriously designed shop and is located on Moscow's main street – Tverskaia. They sell fresh fruit and vegetables, canned delicacies, meat, cakes and all gourmet foods, each in its own departments. The variety of boiled and smoked sausages from the best Russian producers is really great, and of course, they sell all sorts of caviar and smoked sturgeon and salmon here. Prices are higher than in supermarkets or in smaller and modest food stores, but it is still perceived as a food heaven in Moscow. Do not miss the famous Filippov's bakery, located next to Eliseevskii. Both Filippov and Eliseev were successful merchants at the turn of the centuries, and were in fact suppliers to the Tsar's Court. Their businesses have outlived many regimes in this country!