Short for State Department Store, GUM (pronounced "goom") was the original Russian shopping malla prerevolutionary shopping arcade that became the central...more
Part flea market, part exquisite crafts fair, Izmailovo (located behind the Izmailovo Hotel) is the one-stop shopping mecca for souvenirs from Russia and the...more
For proof that Soviet nostalgia has turned into marketable irony, visit the Ministry of Gifts (Ministerstvo Podarkov). A red carpet leads to the ministerial...more
A journalist turned art gallery owner, Leonid Shishkin brings together two eras: 19th-century Russian realist painters and their counterparts in...more
What a difference a decade can make. Not long ago, the company store of this prerevolutionary textile plant seemed hopelessly Soviet. Now, it looks like an...more
As was the case with GUM, the faded glory of this prerevolutionary food store was dusted off a few years ago and it's now the most beautiful food store in...more
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