It's time for part three of my Moscow series. I've already told you about some great little coffee places and delicious restaurants, so in this post, I'll tell you about some places where you can go shopping and/or food shopping. I'll admit, they're quite touristy, but I still think they're essential must-sees in Moscow! If you want to get your hands on some typical Russian food to bring back home, or if you feel like splurging on a nice Céline bag or an Alaïa dress, these are the places you should go to.
The GUM (pronounced: Goom) is Moscow's most famous department store/mall, think of it as the Harrods of Moscow (if you look at the picture above you'll see what I mean). It faces the Red Square so it's easy to include in your itinerary if you're visiting Moscow for the first time. It's huge and inside you can find lots of high-end shops. I'm actually not a big fan of the layout of this mall, it's kind of hard to know where everything is and it's always quite crowded. But it's fun to have a quick look inside!
>> Red Square, 3
GUM Food Hall
What I like most about GUM is the food hall. It's still in Soviet style and the products they sell are amazing. You can find traditional food and typical things like caviar, vodka, baked goods etc. If you're looking for a souvenir to bring back home I'd buy something here. It's one of the most impressive food halls I know!>> Red Square, 3
If you're in for some real shopping, I would recommend TSUM (pronounced Tsoom - on the right side on the picture below). It reminds me a lot of Selfridges in London because there are several floors with different departments. My favourite is the "younger" department where they sell brands like Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang, Acne Studios, Peter Pilotto and MSGM. Downstairs, you'll find handbag heaven with every single bag you can think of. There's also an Apple shop-in-shop!
>> Petrovka, 2
TSUM Food Hall
Like GUM, TSUM also has a food hall. This one is more modern so they sell more 'trendy' food like different mueslis, smoothies and dried fruits. Everything is so beautifully presented that you're tempted to buy everything. But beware, the prices are kind of crazy here. I'd recommend getting a smoothie or juice.
>> Petrovka, 2 (basement floor)
If you've been saving up for that special Céline bag, or you feel like splurging at Bottega Veneta, then come to Tretyakovsky Passage. It's a little arcade near the Red Square where there are a couple of high-end stores. The Céline store is beautiful and I don't think I've ever seen so many Céline bags together. Even if you're just window shopping it's worth coming here.
>> Tretyakovsky Passage
I don't really like to suggest such touristy places but I really think these are some typical spots in Moscow you should see! TSUM is probably my favourite!