There's no way Zara and H&M have wiped out the entire shopping industry
January 20, 2012 12:51 PM Subscribe
Where do all the "normal" people shop in Moscow? The only places that I've found are glitzy marble malls with Western brands and inflated prices... looking for not just clothing, but (open) markets to wander around selling random day to day items, crafts, etc. Also, not necessarily with a purpose to shop but to also just immerse with local day to day living. I've been scouring the internet to find markets where local people shop, but it seems like there was a huge crackdown last year by the government and now everything's been closed.
posted by peachtree to Shopping (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The only one I can find that seems to still be open is Izmaylovo Market, but it seems more tourist-centric with souvenirs rather than day to day. Again, not really clothes but just random items you can find in a market place. Clothes, electronics, accessories.
Some other specific questions:
- it's winter, everyone's wearing a fur hat, but there's no way everyone simply hits up the TSUM or Evropeisky and drops 20,000ruble/over $600 for a hat... right??! Where could I go to find more reasonably priced fur hats?
- is there an area or any markets where I could find hair/salon accessories? Looking for heated hair rollers
I've been living in Moscow for at least two months now, and am just having a heck of a time trying to get my head out of just touristy sites and transitioning to more day to day local living. I've lived in multiple major cities throughout Asia and Australia and always found it easy to discover local markets and shopping areas. Or, Moscow really IS expensive and I have to reset what my standard of "normal" prices are. So any other tips about where locals go would be greatly appreciated!