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Izmailovsky Market

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Address: Izmaylovskoye Shosse, Moscow, Russia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: Save some weekend hours for this street market where you can bargain for a...
Save some weekend hours for this street market where you can bargain for a wide variety of already reasonably priced souvenirs, crafts, used books, Russian memorabilia and various types of nesting dolls.
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Souvenir heaven!

We dropped by the market on Russia Day (June 12). It was a Friday but the place was full of vendors, probably because it was a holiday. It wasn't too busy when we went there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We dropped by the market on Russia Day (June 12). It was a Friday but the place was full of vendors, probably because it was a holiday. It wasn't too busy when we went there around 11 in the morning. Compared to the stores in the Old Arbat, the market offers Russian goods at extremely competitive prices. We were able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

It is probably the best place in Moscow to buy any souvenir. During the weekend it is 8 times bigger then during the week. During the weekend you can buy even some real antiques (go up and inside the building for more expensive but real pieces). You can find from cheap to not so cheap souvenirs, anyway the prices are... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I had my doubts about this market at first since it is a little out of the way but in the end, glad we went. As advised in previous postings, definitely go on a weekend. I cannot imagine this place if it is just half full and not bustling. I would (and have) characterized this place as a flea/souvenir/art market... More 

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

If you want to buy souvenirs but don't want to pay extra money you should go there. It's a great choice of different souvenirs (and antique too) but you can save money and buy directly from artists who made them. I love this place and always buy souvenirs there. It's better go there on weekend because it's more artists on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

If you are looking for beautiful hand carved items you go on Saturday or on Sunday. (I don't shop on Sunday so I have never been on this day) but the weekend is the time the carvers come from all around the Moscow area to sell their wares. It is wonderful so I'm sorry for those who went in the... More 

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Vyskov, Czech Republic
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Maybe on weekends...? Monday in the middle of trouristic season, mainly rubbish being sold. And - as it was almost empty - it was pretty visible that the golden age of the place is over.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Let me say it's the worst place I visited in Moscow,really doesn't worth the trip to go there. It looks abandoned and derelict and you can only find frippery, everything looks like a fake from China. Stay away and spend your free time in some more interesting place in the city!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

First of all, yes the prices are much better here. The entrance is filled with traditional Russian souvenirs, but the real gems are upstairs or out back. There are tons of artists up there with fabulous works. If you are willing to sift through a ton of items you can find a lot of great treasures from some of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Me and my family would give it a thumbs up...lively , nice with plenty of souvenir options...no body is pestering you to buy....bargaining...well not much I felt,,they vary in scope and amt...go with Russian rubles ..getting dollars exch there is a time consuming issue..though some shopkeepers do oblige..do visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I really wish I had bought more souvenirs here as the prices are about 50% cheaper than you would find at Old Arbat shops, for example. There's a huge variety of traditional Russian souvenirs. Worth a visit!

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