Souvenirs

Souvenirs

What are the best souvenirs to bring back from Moscow and where can you buy them? Here are 10 ideas.

Matryoshka Dolls

These painted wooden stacking dolls are Russia's most popular souvenir. You can pick a classic design fashioned in the form of a festively dressed girl in traditional Russian garments or a more creative option, like one in the likeness of a politician, star or folk character.

Where to buy: Matryoshka dolls are sold practically everywhere, from airport shops to pedestrian underpasses in the city centre. One such store, Podarki i Suveniry (Gifts and Souvenirs), is conveniently situated near the Moscow Kremlin, at 5 Teatralnaya Square, bldg. 2

Ushanka Hat

A fur Ushanka hat with military insignia can be both a cute gift and a smart purchase for the winter season. Ushankas come in traditional grey, festive white and acid pink for those who want to be the star of the party.

Where to buy: Arbat Street. For example, at the Mir Suvenirov (World of Souvenirs) store at 4 Arbat Street, bldg. 1

Reproductions of Paintings from the Tretyakov Gallery

Take masterpieces from Moscow's leading art gallery home! The Tretyakov Gallery's gift shop offers reproductions of all of the collection's most popular exhibits, from Ivan Shishkin's 'Morning in a Pine Forest' to Vasily Kandinsky's 'Composition VII'. It also sells copies of Soviet propaganda posters, mugs with prints and other souvenirs.

Where to buy: the State Tretyakov Gallery, 10 Lavrushinsky Lane

Pavlovo Posad Shawl

A perfect souvenir for your mother or girlfriend. These shawls with traditional Russian designs can be worn as a headscarf or wrapped around the neck or casually thrown over the shoulders, as Gwen Stefani did after her trip to Moscow.

Where to buy: the Pavloposadskie Platki chain of stores. In the city centre, one such store can be found at 9 Vetoshny Lane

Wooden Tableware

Not only is it beautiful, but also extremely lightweight, so no need to worry about excess baggage! Get yourself cups and spoons made from natural wood and decorated with Khokhloma painting: such tableware is great for borscht and dumplings.

Where to buy: Arbat Street. For example, at the Mir Suvenirov (World of Souvenirs) store at 4 Arbat Street, bldg. 1

Alyonka Chocolate

This milk chocolate bar with a doe-eyed little girl on the wrapper is familiar to every Russian. Be careful not to eat this gift on the way to the airport!

Where to buy: the Alyonka brand store at 1 Arbat Street

Fireweed Tea

Russians love tea about as much as the British do, especially herbal varieties. One of the most popular is fireweed tea, known in Russia as Ivan Chai. It is best enjoyed on long winter evenings with honey or jam.

Where to buy: the city's supermarkets, airports and souvenir shops. For example, at the Mir Suvenirov (World of Souvenirs) store at 4 Arbat Street, bldg. 1

Pine Cone Jam

And here's a perfect jam to have with your tea, one made from pine cones. After being processed, the small cones become soft and very palatable. Not to mention that the jam also looks nice.

Where to buy: the city's supermarkets and souvenir shops. For example, at the Mir Suvenirov (World of Souvenirs) store at 4 Arbat Street, bldg. 1

Raketa Wristwatches

The legendary Raketa wristwatches from Russia's oldest watch factory make for great and valuable gifts for older recipients and retro enthusiasts. The first batch of these timepieces was manufactured in 1961 and named in honour of Yuri Gagarin's legendary space flight. But not all of the brand's designs are related to space: two such exceptions include the Balerina and Neft wristwatches.

Where to buy: the Raketa store at 4 Tverskaya Street

Space Food

Another space souvenir is food in tubes. You can squeeze borscht, fruit desserts and other foods straight into your mouth just like a cosmonaut!

Where to buy: VDNH's Cosmos Pavilion at at 119 Mira Avenue, bldg. 34
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