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HI,

I am travelling to Kiev for EURO, and was thinking of doing some shopping there. I like European style clothes, and they are not very readily available in US. I am not necessarily looking for most famous brands, but something of a descent quality and mid price range. Any suggestions for shopping malls/markets in Kiev?

P.S. I do speak Russian, so language is not a problem.

Kyiv
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for Kiev, Ukraine
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1. Re: Shopping

Hi Ilya,

Frankly, many Kyivans avoid shopping in Kyiv (for cloths, in particular) – the prices are sometimes ridiculous compared to Europe. And I hate shopping in principle, so am hardly a good advisor on it, sorry.

But you might probably want to check out large underground and ground shopping malls and trade and entertainment centers like

“Globus” under Maidan http://www.globus.com.ua/

“Olimpiyskiy” near metro Olimpiyska http://olimpiysky.com.ua/

“Metrohrad” under Lva Tolstoho and Khreshchatyk http://www.metrograd.com/

“Ukraina” department store on Pobedy Square,

“Arena City” or “Mandarin Plaza” on Bessarabka (hardly these two can be called mid-range though) http://arena-city.com/2.html and http://www.mandarin.kiev.ua/

Or just walk along the city centre (for example, Khreshchatyk, including Passage, Chervonoarmiyska etc) and drop in to various “boutique” stores.

Edited: 4:42 am, June 07, 2012
Portland, Oregon...
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2. Re: Shopping

Thanks Cora! You are a big help as always!

Is Lviv better for shopping than Kiev? Also, is it customary to bargain at those places like at markets, or prices are pretty much set like in shops?

Kyiv
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3. Re: Shopping

Pleased to learn you’ve been reading! :) Thank you.

A colleague of mine suggested few more ideas for mid-range shopping for cloths in Kyiv - on Moskovskiy Ave, near Petrivka metro station:

Alta Centre http://alta-center.kiev.ua/

Macros http://www.makros.kiev.ua/

GorodOK http://gorodok.ua/

>>> is it customary to bargain at those places..?

As my Uni professor said, «it never hurts to ask for a discount»!

All these shopping malls (including those I suggested in #1) are big trade centres where various smaller stores rent premises. Normally the prices in these smaller stores are more or less fixed, but they often have sales.

But as private entrepreneurs (or their reps), they can be slightly flexible on the price. Or not. In any case, do ask if there is any discount [«а со скидкой?» ;)]

Again, not sure about Lviv, sorry - shopping is on my ‘things to do’ list only when there’s nothing else to do, and this has never happened to me in Lviv :)

Edited: 12:49 pm, June 07, 2012
Virginia
posts: 105
reviews: 11
4. Re: Shopping

Илья.

После Штатов- в Глобусе цены запредельные. А качество среднее.

Ходишь по магазинам/бутикам, вроде фирма, все дела, логотип, а качество явно не брендовое.....короче осторожно там с брендами :)

Соотношение цена-качество не ахти.

Во Львове есть Опера Пасаж, в самом центре, такой мини мол на пару этажей, новый довольно.

Belfast, United...
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5. Re: Shopping

I ended up in a very nice Turkish restaurant when I was there in March that was situated inside a very impressive shopping mall, I think it was called D ream 1 and I believe there is a D Ream 2! But Cora is correct about the prices, they were certainly more expensive than equivalent UK Stores, but there was a very large selection of shops with half decent clothes.

Kyiv
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6. Re: Shopping

Was it this one, niamhemer? (hi ;))

DreamTown in Obolon district http://dreamtown.ua/

I've only been to their Aqua Park.

P.S. oh, cool, thanks for reminding! They have an Azerbaijani restaurant that was asked about on another thread.

Edited: 3:31 pm, June 07, 2012
Portland, Oregon...
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7. Re: Shopping

Thanks again, Cora! Yes I have been reading this forum, and must admit that your commitment to this place is incredible!

I am not that huge fan of shopping either, just wanted to know some good places in advance.

Portland, Oregon...
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8. Re: Shopping

WWD,

спасибо за совет. Похоже делать шоппинг в Киеве было не самой лучшей затеей... :)

Kyiv
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9. Re: Shopping

>>> your commitment to this place is incredible

To Ukraine? ;-) You bet! :)

>>> Похоже делать шоппинг в Киеве было не самой лучшей затеей...

Ну, может, хоть походить как по музеям :)

Virginia
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10. Re: Shopping

Не вижу смысла в шопинге, в Америке есть европейские бренды, по более приличным ценам.