During the past few decades the number of St. Petersburg shops, supermarkets and commercial centers increased dramatically. Shops tend to gravitate to Nevski Prospect, including Gostiny Dvor, a department store; Passage, across the street from Gostiny Dvor, for clothing, footwear, utensils, electronics and perfumes.
When in St. Petersburg, be sure to take time to walk along Nevsky Prospect. The famed street is to St. Petersburg what the Champs Elysses is to Paris, or Broadway to New York. Ask your guide to take you to a cafe for a coffee, Russian beer or Soviet champagne (technically, sparkling wine). “Walk along Nevsky Prospect, have a cup of coffee, watch people pass by, and you understand all of Russia,” says Timophey Beliaev, of the Corinthia Nevaskij Palace Hotel, situated on Nevsky Prospect.
Typical Russian souvenirs: Russian dolls, china, red and black caviar, and amber. Visit the Souvenirs Market, located opposite the Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection (Canal Griboedova, 2). Be sure not to miss Eliseyevski Magazin, the city’s best known grocery store, named after its founder and first owner, who delivered to the Russian Tsar’s Court.