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St. Petersburg: Shopping Recommendations?

Old May 11, 16, 1:39 pm
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Smile St. Petersburg: Shopping Recommendations?

Hey, FTers!

Hopefully a quick question, if I may. While in St. Petersburg, I'm really hoping to get a couple of things:

1. Reasonably priced vodka that I can't already find back home in the States
2. A real (non-touristy) Ushanka. (aka-furry hat)
3. (this is a bit of a stretch) perhaps some caviar?

*I don't intend to break the bank with any of these items, but I'd like to at least get a better/more authentic product than what the tourist trap gift shop would sell me
**I know the US CBP limit on caviar is pretty low, but it might be moot anyway, since I can't reliably keep it chilled all the way until I get home

So, any tips or recommendations on stores to scope out?
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Old May 14, 16, 6:56 pm
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1. Many Russians are afraid of counterfeit vodka. You can certainly buy some vodka with catchy names, like Putinka, but I wouldn't expect good quality. Russians I know typically ask me to buy vodka in duty free stores overseas. Stoli we drink in the US is actually made in Latvia.
2. Russians don't wear them, so tourist shops are your only bet.
3. In large stores on Nevsky. But don't expect it to be cheap.
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Old May 19, 16, 7:02 am
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I guess the best way to find everything you want is to visit Galleria mall http://www.galeria-spb.ru/en/mapto/
You will wind all-in-one: furs http://www.bmorozova.ru/ vodka https://www.okeydostavka.ru/msk/alko...ce:&pageSize:& and caviar https://www.okeydostavka.ru/msk/ryba.../ikra-16575-20
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Old May 23, 16, 11:43 am
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I can only second what a7m said.

For vodka go to any supermarket that looks like a chain (Okay, Carousel, Lenta, Magnet, Dixy etc.) and buy one with a kitsch name that's toward the higher end of the price scale.

I certainly don't recommend Galleria which is essentially no different from a mall in the UK or Germany, with all the same chains.
You're better off on Nevsky - perhaps at Gostiny Dvor or Passazh.
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