Brand new mega-malls, revamped department stores, chic designer boutiques and oldworld flea markets, the shopping experience in Moscow has undergone a sea change from its days of yore.

While on the hunt for souvenirs, the best bets are shops in the Arbat district or the Izmailovsky flea market in the eastern outskirts. There are also a number of hidden side streets to explore, and the best draw here is the proliferation of souvenir shops; browse regional gems such as icons, amber, and m ..

From the latest fashion boutiques to fine-dine restaurants, Moscow is dotted with exclusive areas such as Tverskaya Street, including Kuznetsky Most, Stoleshnikov Lane and Tverskoy Boulevard, Petrovka Street and Kutuzovsky Prospect, where one would find a mixture of international brands and Russian designers.

Most of the city’s shopping centres are attractions in their own right. For instance, GUM (pronounced goom) is Moscow’s main universal store occupying a large part of the Red Squar ..

The Economic Times