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St. Petersburg is not the shoppers’ paradise of Russia (Moscow fits that bill). But travelers will find plenty of upscale brands and smaller boutiques on Nevsky Prospect, the main drag of the city. The city’s oldest shopping center, Gostiny Dvor, is located in the center of Nevsky Prospect and is an arcade-like shopping venue. Its historical significance has a bigger draw than the shops inside — the building dates back to the 18th century and is a good place for finding souvenirs. St. Petersburg does have some large brand-name shops on Nevsky Prospect, such as Zara and Benetton, and there are smaller boutiques scattered throughout the city.
For a book to commemorate your visit (or if you’re just looking for something to read on the trip), Dom Knigi (House of Books) in the old Singer building on Nevsky Prospect has a good selection of English-language books, including coffee table books about St. Petersburg. Since natives of St. Petersburg consider themselves the literary elite of Russia, you’ll find that the local bookstores are usually crowded with locals.