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For the best shopping in Moscow, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend visiting GUM, which translates from Russian as the State Department Store, the elegant building adjacent to Red Square. There are dozens of upscale shops like Burberry and Louis Vuitton as well as boutiques to give your credit cards a healthy workout. The 19th-century building is worth strolling around, even if you don’t end up buying anything.
Just up the road near the Bolshoi Theatre is Moscow’s other large department store, TSUM, or the Central Department Store. The store went through a massive makeover a few years ago and now houses top European designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Prada, plus several up-and-coming Russian names.
If you’re looking for souvenirs, artwork, old Soviet trinkets or carpets from the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, the Izmailovsky Market located on the edge of the city center is the place — it’s a flea market packed with both tourists and locals. We found the best shopping by going early on the weekends to beat the crowds. A note to the wise: Bring your bargaining skills.