The most famous – and most luxurious, both in terms of goods and cost – shopping centers are located in the city center.
The famous and elite TsUM (Tsentralniy UniverMag) is located right in the center. Its origins go back to Soviet times, when it was the first and only store to carry international brands. This five-story, recently renovated department store sells about 1000 different brands. Shops include clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, and more. You can find everything from Diesel, Juicy Couture, and True Religion to Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli (a Russian favorite), and Elie Tahari.
Closest Metro: Teatralnaya
Tel.: +7 (495) 292 53 08
Mon-Sat 9:00 – 21:00
Sun 10:00 – 22:00
The famous GUM (Gosudarstvenniy UniverMag) is a magnificent three-story mall on the Red Square, directly opposite the Kremlin. The elaborately decorated store has a long history; it was built in the 1890s and was the first so-called department store in Moscow. Nowadays it features top international brands such as Samsonite, Benetton, and Yves Rocher. The majority of the stores sell clothing, accessories, and beauty products, but you can also find a limited selection of luxury furnishings and household goods here. Although the overall range features slightly lower price points than TsUM, the stores in GUM are still on the more expensive side.
One of the most fascinating malls is the underground Okhotny Ryad Mall, located between Tverskaya Street and the Red Square. From its lowest level, you can access the canal bordering the Alexandrovsky Gardens under the Kremlin Walls. At the uppermost level, the mall features a terrace running all the way along to Manezh Square, where you can find open-air cafes in the summer. The interior of the mall is elaborately decorated and it is an attraction in its own right, whether you want to buy anything or not. It features over 100 stores, with a lower average price point than TsUM or GUM, but still carries mostly high- to mid-range brands. The majority of stores are for clothing and accessories. Stores include OGGI, Puma, Helen Yarmak, and Benetton.
Manezhnaya Pl 1
Closest Metro: Teatralnaya, Okhotny Ryad
Tel.: +7 (495) 737 84 18
Mon-Sun 11:00 – 22:00
The largest city mall outside the immediate center is the Evropeisky Mall on Evropeisky Square, near Kievsky Train Station. The mall opened in 2006 and features over 300 stores over 1,800 square meters. It is a spectacularly modern building featuring wide open spaces. In addition to numerous clothing, jewelry, and accessory stores, the mall offers a fitness centre, cinema, a range of full-service restaurants, and a small supermarket. Stores include Zara, Guess, Marks & Spencer, Apple, Mexx, Nine West, Nike, and much more. The average price point here is lower than at the more central malls. You can also often find good sales and discounts here on the same brands sold (without discounts) at the famous city center malls or free-standing stores in the center.
Pl. Kievskogo Vokzala 2
Closest Metro: Kievskaya
Tel.: +7 (495) 921 34 34
Mon-Sun 10:00 – 22:00 (Fridays and Saturdays until 23:00)
Also noteworthy are the three Mega Malls on the periphery of Moscow, just beyond the MKAD. The malls, each with an IKEA anchor store, have over 250 stores and businesses each, including everything from grocery stores to high fashion outlets, banks, multi-screen cinemas, skating rinks, and numerous restaurants.
In addition to those listed here, Moscow has well over 100 malls and shopping centers, all featuring a range of European and international brands, in addition to limited local brands or small boutiques with cheaper import clothing from Turkey and China. If you explore the neighborhood of your nearest metro station, you are sure to find at least one, if not two or three malls of varying size and selection.