Udelnaya Flea Market in St. Petersburg, Russia

Six blue line stops north of Nevsky Prospect  is one of the most enjoyable and authentic experiences that I have had in Russia. Rows and rows of stalls selling clothes, antiques, jewelry, tools and everything in between. Some sellers shout about what they’re selling, while others discuss prices and make sales with shoppers. This is […]

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SRAS Guide to Living in Moscow

The following is a quick overview to some of those services and products that students often need in the course of a semester or summer abroad. This covers everything from haircuts to pharmacies and gyms to computer repair. Students should generally expect to need to speak at least some Russian when seeking out these experiences […]

Intelligent Flea Market in St. Petersburg, Russia

Where the Affordable Meets the Trendy As an avid window-shopper and a habitual bargainer, it’s understandable why flea markets hold a special place in my heart. I can confidently say that I have never turned down going to any kind of flea market, even if it has landed me in some unimpressive places. For the […]

Shopping in Irkutsk

While Irkutsk is a very affordable city there are still many ways to shop that can save money while maintaining quality. I am very frugal and am able to stay within my budget every week while still being able to get some shopping in. There is a wide range of shopping centers and little shops […]

Shopping in Kyiv

Shopping in Kyiv, Ukraine A Real Bang for your Buck Fall 2017 When packing for my semesters abroad, I gave myself a rule: One backpack and one suitcase. I’m a firm believer in “traveling light,” and one suitcase, in my opinion, is more than enough space for the necessities. Any extra clothes/shoes/accessories that you may […]

Vegas City Hall: A Palace Shopping Mall in Moscow

Vegas City Hall Shopping Mall in Moscow Sunday-Thursday: 10 am to 11 pm, Friday-Saturday: 10 am to 12 am Entrance to the mall is free! Bring money for shopping / food. Directions: Take the metro to Myakinino Station and follow the street directly upon the exit of the station. Have you ever wanted to live […]

Izmailovin’ – A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Vernisazh in Izmailovo in Moscow

Vernisazh Souvenir Market at Izmailovo Izmailovo Park (Metro Partizanskaya) Wednesday-Sunday from 10am to 8pm Closed Monday and Tuesday Budget: 40 rubles – infinity   Calling all tourist trap victims who are simultaneously balling on a budget: Put down that overpriced Matryoshka doll that you found in Red Square and back away slowly. If you’re as […]

A Guide to Warsaw Groceries

While Warsaw offers many good and affordable restaurants, I prefer to cook for two reasons. The first is to save money, which I prefer to spend on trips around Poland. The second reason is that most of my Polish friends cannot afford to go out to eat often. We usually meet up, buy groceries together, […]

Izmailovsky Market in Moscow

Izmailovsky Market: A Morning Well-Spent Izmaylovskoye Shosse 73, Moscow (Partizanskaya metro Station) Open from sun up to sun down Bring ~$10 for souvenirs/snacks I’m keeping this review short and sweet. Go to Izmailovsky market. Seriously, just go. It’s one of the oldest and largest flea markets in Moscow. While technically open every day of the […]

Thrift Store in Warsaw

The clothing and fashion industry is highly popular and successful in Warsaw. The city boasts a number of massive shopping malls, including the largest shopping center in Central Europe, Arkadia, with some of the most in-demand brands and stores. On the opposite side of this industry, the second hand store has become an increasingly popular […]

‘Beatnik Market’: Russian Beat in St. Petersburg

Универмаг «Битник» Итальянская улица 17 find them on Facebook Interested in some retro fashion or events while in Piter?  Between Nevsky and the Russian Museum, the Beatnik project boasts a bar and a gallery/event space.  They hosted the Beatnik market from the 6th-9th of October, showcasing DJs, artist Stas Kazimov, and retro market with local […]

Lefortovskii Rinok in Moscow

Лефортовский Pынок / Lefortovskii Rinok Ул. Авиамоторная, 39, Москва, 111024 Hours: 8:00-20:00 Although newer students might feel inclined to head to a familiar supermarket style store for groceries, I urge you to give the local рынок a visit. A рынок is a bazaar-style market that often has clothes, meats, tea, vegetables, fruits, cookies and candy. Sometimes […]

7 Second-Hand Stores in Bishkek

The following guide was created by Enot, an Russian-language online publication about local culture, business, food, shops, events, and people in Bishkek that has been popular with SRAS students studying there. It has been translated to English by SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Sophia Rehm for the benefit of our students who do not yet […]

OIMO Festival in Bishkek

International ОIМО Festival/Международный фестивал ОЙМО Ala-Too Square, Bishkek/Ала-тоо пл., Бишкек July 25-27 The 9th Annual International OIMO Festival was held this past weekend in Bishkek. The festival is a celebration of regional cultures with national foods, music concerts, film screenings, fashion shows, and most notably a large handicraft fair. Artists, vendors, and presenters hail from […]

Central Asian Bazaars: A Comparative Study

When I stand in bazaars in these foreign lands, I feel myself to be standing inside their beating hearts as well. To me, the bazaar is the face of the country, and nothing like how a bazaar is run, what is sold, what kind of social customs and behavior to provide a better understanding of […]

Sportivnaya Market in Vladivostok

Спортивная // Sportivnaya Market ул. Спортивная // Sportivnaya Street 9:00am-6:00pm (Depends on season) Negotiable and Cheap Prices for Everything I had the opportunity to check out the massive Sportivnaya Market with fellow Russian-American student Michael “Stanislav” Wright. We had originally gone earlier in the semester, but unfortunately we found out that it was closed for […]

Magic Carpet Ride of Bureaucracy in Turkmenistan

I like carpets, ones from the near east above all else. A nice little footnote to go with the narrative of my journey studying and traveling in Central Asia, for me at least is the carpets in this part of the world. Central Asia is unrivaled when it comes to the production of carpets and […]

Osh Bazaar in Bishkek

Ош Базары/Ошский Базар/Osh Bazaar No street address; 3 km west of city center on пр. Чуй Most stalls open from sun up to sun down No entrance fee Today I decided that I needed to experience something that I have long wanted to. Today I decided to go to my first real bazaar in Central […]

12 Russian Brands You Should Buy

Greetings dear readers! As this is an opinion piece, you should first know who I am: an American who finds marketing and pop culture fascinating and who has lived in Russia for more than 10 years. What follows is a list of a few local Russian brands that I’ve personally come to prefer over western […]

4 Foods I’ll Miss the Most from Gastronom 811 in St. Petersburg

Гастроном 811 / Gastronom 811 Ploshad Truda #3 Open 24-hours daily On one of my last few days in St. Petersburg, I took one of my last walks around my neighborhood, and something struck me. ‘If I ever get back here,’ I thought, ‘this is what I’ll want to see first.’ It may not make […]

Buying Eyeglasses in Bishkek

Ossé Optical Shop Address: Toktogula 86 (corner of Toktogula and Sovietskaya) Phone: +996-312-662-763 Today I have become four-eyed. I bought eyeglasses in Bishkek. It was on my list of things to do before heading home to Washington in 48 hours, along with buying a kazan (a cast-iron pot) to make plov, and kalpaks (Kyrgyz felt […]

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv Оболоньский просол, 1А Киев Located between Minska and Obolon metro stations Dreamtown is where American mall meets Disney world – in Kyiv, Ukraine. From shopping to delicious food to exciting activities, this is much more than any shopping center. While visiting Dreamtown won’t deepen your understanding of Ukrainian history […]

Shopping and Miscommunication in St. Petersburg

My first two days in Russia were spent rationing the granola bars, dried fruit, and airplane pretzel packets I had brought with me in my carry-on bag. This was despite the fact that I have not one, but two markets within a five-minute walk from my dorm. One is even open 24 hours. What accounted […]

Volzhskii Rynok in Irkutsk

Volzhskii Rynok / Волжский Рынок Волжская 14 0800-1900 Contrary to the expectations of most travelers, Irkutsk is not a cheap city. While cheaper than Moscow, most products in Irkutsk are no cheaper than they would be in the United States. For this reason, if you are here for a long time you’ll try to find […]

Moscow’s Markets

By Hannah Chapman Hannah Chapman is majoring in Russian Studies at Stetson University. She spent spring semester, 2009 studying abroad with The School of Russian and Asian Studies in Moscow on the Translate Abroad Program. She hopes to eventually go into international business or government work. One of the best things about Moscow is the ubiquitous rynok, or marketplace. […]

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