Izmailovsky Market

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Izmailovsky Market
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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moc
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
A mid week visit on a cold wet day.
Plenty of Matryoshka dolls, many different styles and all a quarter of the price of the tourist areas, but don't take too long to decide.
By the time we had visited all stalls that were open on a wet mid week day, they had started packing up early and we had to d some speed purchasing.
Written January 1, 2020
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Luis T
Guadalajara, Mexico36 contributions
Excellent experience. Great array of handcrafts and furs. Prices are considerably lower than those at "markets" where taken by tourist guides. Don´t believe when people tell you that Russians don´t bargain, they are kind and fun to deal with.
Written January 4, 2020
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mary1menshova
Utrecht, The Netherlands3 contributions
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A cool place if you want to buy souvenirs. The best time to come there Saturday and Sunday. These days you will find all kinds of traditional stufs here: matryoshkas (with Putin and Trump, with Star Wars and classical and even with your portrait and many others), shawls (Pavlopossad, fur, woolen), amber jewelry (very early from 8:00, and begin to close already at 14:00, but you can buy this day cheaper + not so many people and you can enjoy everything leisurely. This place should definitely be a must-see if you want to see the Russian market and buy not expensive souvenirs. Prices are much cheaper than in the center almost 2 times.
Written April 18, 2020
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Jenny L
Warwick, Australia18 contributions
November 2018. This is the Flea Market you’ll read about on blogs. Amazing place! Beautiful buildings, very scenic, fabulous market place. Must see and do in Moscow! Easy to get to (follow to this location). The best part is that the souvenirs are all top quality unique and authentic Russian products. So much variety of new and used items. Used/suitcase rummage style markets are in a separate area. Russian souvenir section is refreshingly local. Reasonable prices, some bartering. Safe to walk around as solo traveller. Clean and organised. Try non-alcoholic Gluhwein in the middle courtyard area. As a bonus spend half the day walking around the parkland right next door! Beautiful and scenic - see how the locals get back to nature!
Written August 4, 2020
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pattayainsider
Las Vegas, NV1,039 contributions
Solo
Some people have posted wrong directions to get here. Below are the correct directions. Don't confuse the Izmailovo market with the Izmailovo (tourist souvenir/better) Market. For the souvenir market, the correct Moscow Metro stop is: Partisankaya... Do NOT get off at the more tempting name Metro stop of Izmaylovskya. The market there is a local Russian food and clothes market. It is a little interesting, only 50 meters from that metro stop. But the one for tourists is one Metro stop earlier at Partinsankaya. Once arriving at the Metro, exit the doors, walk to the left, cross the street towards the big tall buildings. Walk along the wide pedestrian path (you go under a small wooden doorway at the fence), walk about 4 minutes, and you will arrive at the "Izmailovo VERNISAZH" market, full of great tourist souvenirs of all qualities. There are the tall wooden buildings that look like an old Russian village, sort of like a Russian Disneyland entrance area. If you head all the way to the back, up the big blue stairs, you will find all the antique dealers, and there are lots on the weekends. Some good values, some insanely high prices. Some dealers will negotiate, some won't negotiate more than 10%.

There is a wonderful bbq kebob restaurant near the entrance of the market, once inside, on your left. You'll see all the smoke. It is really good, and there are some tables nearby.

Only one or two vendors will take credit cards, which are some of the stores there. If you need to use a credit card, your vendor will have to pay 10 to 12% credit card commission to that store, so best to bring cash. Rubles, dollars, Euros ok. There is an ATM all the way back near the Metro station area, but not inside the market.

It costs 10 Rubles to enter the market, about 33 cents u.s.

Prices for lower quality souvenirs will only be a little cheaper than on Old Arbat street, but on more expensive items, like the paper Mache lacquer boxes, they can be half off. Most vendors quote high prices to start, but bargain down about half. All the vendors I met were very friendly.

Have fun. I recommend 2 to 4 hours, plus Metro time.
Written May 11, 2013
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ToonTowner
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia2,720 contributions
Family
My family and I went to Izmailovsky Market on our trip to Moscow in December of 2014. Would we go again? Yes - definitely. Would we recommend it to friends? Yes - definitely.

Izmailovsky Market is the place to go to by souvenirs in Moscow. The market is huge. However, if you don’t go on the weekend, you will most likely be disappointed. During the week, only a small fraction of the stalls that sell souvenirs are open. This has pluses and minuses. Minus – less selection. Plus – as there are not as many tourists during the week, stall owners are more likely to cut you a good deal compared to the weekend.

To find the market by subway, check out this Web site (http://travelspy.in/2013/08/getting-to-moscows-izmailovsky-market-for-souvenir-buying/).

Tip: Make sure that you go to the bathroom before you go because I couldn’t find any public washroom and the one that I used in a restaurant was disgusting.

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Written January 14, 2015
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DimitriDonskoi
Miami Beach, FL146 contributions
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Once you've done Red Square and perhaps walked a bit of the Arbat, if you have a couple of spare hours in Moscow for an outdoor activity on a weekend the market at Izmailovsky Park should be on your short list. It's an absolute blast and is often reported as one of the highlights of their trip by many visitors. There are far fewer vendors on weekdays so it's best to go on a weekend. Since it is an outdoor attraction it is best to go in good weather without heavy rain or a snow storm.

Get there by taking the "blue" Metro line that runs through the heart of tourist Moscow, with stations at Arbat and Ploshad Revolutsyia (by the Metropol Hotel and Red Square) for example, a few stations up to the Partizanskaya Metro station. From there the Izmailovsky market is a five minute walk. Admission is 10 rubles.

The Izmailovsky market is really five markets and a tourist/local attraction all blended together. The tourist attraction is the Izmailovsky "Kremlin" a large set of buildings made from enormous wood logs that's interesting to walk about and is often used by locals as a setting for weddings and banquets. The five markets are different sections that blend together and comprise a tourist market for an endless variety of tourist souvenirs, a flea market where individuals and small dealers sell used goods ranging from pathetic household items to interesting second-hand stuff, an antiquarian market where a very wide variety of antiques are sold, an art market for original artwork in various media and a rug market where you can try out your negotiating skills with some of the cagiest rug dealers on the planet. Unlike the Arbat walking street where stalls selling tourist stuff cater almost exclusively to tourists, the Izmailovsky market is very popular with Russians as well who are there to buy rugs, antiques or art.

Upon entry one encounters the "lower" part of the market where numerous stalls and a few stores sell an endless variety of hats, matryoshka dolls, laquerware boxes, fossil ivory carvings, knives, military doo-dads, watches and so on. Some of this stuff is the usual tourist junk but quite a bit of it is very good. For example, there is one vendor who has the very best selection of fine, hand-made knives I've seen in Russia, at reasonable prices no less. Some of the vendors of hats also have superb choices with a wide ranges of size, also at less-than-crazy pricing.

After the initial impact of several rows of tourist stalls one enters a space where a row of shashlik (barbeque) vendors is set up. All are very good. I always time my visits to have lunch here. Seriously, the food is very good: I've seen many Westerners put off by some of the come-ons or thinking that the food can't be that good or is unsafe but that is not the case: these guys are the real deal and are all from places in the South like Dagestan and similar where they really, really know how to make shashlik. Superb! Lamb is classic but I like the pork better and the salmon shashlik is wonderful.

Going up the stairs to the upper part there is a mezzanine level where small-time flea market vendors lay out their wares on tables and then a bit further up the stairs there are many antique vendors to the left, many rows of stalls for art vendors in front and to the right a large area where rug vendors lay out their rugs.

I speak perfect Russian with a local accent so I usually get price quotes that are the same as locals get. When I overhear prices offered to obvious foreigners they are higher, but usually not crazy so. I suppose there is too much competition. So, when haggling this is not the sort of place where for fine art you'd offer half or a fourth of what they ask initially. But I suppose for most foreigners I'd expect to take 20% off and maybe 30% off. Look around a lot and don't just buy the first thing you see.

The antiques are like London markets with a mix of utter junk interspersed with truly superb and wonderful things. I make special trips to Moscow just to visit the antique, art and rug stalls, but you really have to know what you are doing to get special deals. Keep in mind you are competing with highly knowledgeable, very rich Muscovites for purchases so any notion that you are going to get a super cheap deal from some Russian selling precious family goods for "survival money" (... I have no idea where the other reviewer got that phrase from...) is nonsense. Russians have more money than you do and they know what the good stuff is worth so it is not going to go cheap. The main reason to shop at Izmailovsky is to get reasonable deals on unique, very interesting stuff.

Good art is in general not cheap. For example, I like engravings and some of the finer engravings sold at Izmailovsky will set you back over $500. There is one artist there who I have been collecting for over 20 years. He is very well known and has works in various Western museums but to this day still sells his wares from a stall in Izmailovsky on most weekends. When not vacationing at his place in the South of France, of course... It's that kind of place.

You can get some superb deals on rugs if you know what you are doing, negotiate very hard and are willing to walk away but for all that really good rugs will be very expensive. One of my friends is a rug dealer at Izmailovsky and he will fly to Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan on a special trip just to pick up a single, special rug for one of his regular clients in Moscow. These are silk rugs that can sell for $100,000 and more so he wants to escort them himself as checked luggage back through customs. He doesn't stock such rugs in his container and area at Izmailovsky, but he'll have plenty of wool and silk rugs there that sell for $5000 to $15000.

Persian (Iranian) rugs will be very expensive. These days as rich Muscovites have acquired a taste for fine rugs even what used to be cheap from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Dagestan has gotten more expensive. However, it is still possible to get a very nice Afghan or Dagestani carpet that is around one and a half to two meters by a meter or so for around $500. Shop carefully since you may be surprised that you can find such stuff in the US or at an Ikea store in Moscow for about the same price. Keep in mind that there may be an embargo on Iranian rugs if you want to take them back to the US.

On the other hand it is possible to run into bargains, such as an older, vintage rug from Dagestan that you can pick up for under $200. If you like the color (not easy since in Dagestan they tend to go for garish color combinations) it can be a great deal, so long as you don't count the couple of hours you spent going from dealer to dealer back and forth looking at different carpets and haggling.

Bathrooms at Izmailovsky are in the "kremlin" complex and cost 25 rubles to get in. Besides the cooking area for shashlik there are also vendors with carts selling tea, coffee and vodka.
Written April 1, 2013
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Paul S
Bermuda65 contributions
Couples
read the previous reviews and decided to visit . Only down point would be that I only had 2 hours left to visit this amazing place. Mi6 machine guns, WW11 German helmets, old pictures of the Russian royal family its all here alone with the normal tourist stuff.

Fantastic BBQ lamb , salmon stalls is a must . My wife ordered a whole bbq salmon for about $5 !
We found this place very difficult to find as the names on the Metro are very similar and like the comments on a previous review, If you come out of the tunnel you have definately gone too far! Even still after reading previous reviews we still got off on 2 occasions at the wrong metro stations.You will know you at the right place when you see the windmill outside the Metro The place looks a bit like a tacky 3rd rate theme park
but has a great character and we found it one of the more interesting places to visit in Moscow.
Written November 25, 2011
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WynneWoody
Bartlesville, OK1,288 contributions
The Vernisage at Ismailovo is a large, outdoor shopping market, full of all sorts of Russian souvenirs, crafts and other interesting things to buy, along with paintings, "flea market" items, rugs from central Asia, and a few places to get a bite to eat or a drink. You can easily spend the better part of a day just wandering around among the stalls looking and buying. In the dead of winter, however, you will probably only be able to stand the cold for a couple of hours. Don't forget to try some of the shashlik (kebabs) with flat bread. It's easy to find - just look for the smoke from the grills.

Adjacent to the Vernisage is the Kremlin at Ismailovo ("Kremlin" is the Russian word for "fortress" so there are many kremlins in Russia, in addition to the most famous one, which sits on Red Square). This Kremlin also has some stores, restaurants and museums, including the Museum of the History of Vodka. Near the market is Ismailovsky Park, which is a large, wooded park with walking trails.

There is also a very large, outdoor general merchandise market which surrounds the front entrance and the back (the largest part is in the back) of the Vernisage. That market can also be interesting if you have never visited a Russian outdoor market. There you can buy just about anything, from food and clothing to electronics and household goods. This is the sort of market where many Russians do their daily or weekend shopping.

The area is easily accessible by Metro. Travel east of the city center on the "dark blue" line to the Partizanskaya station. Exit the station and follow the crowds, walking left out of the station for about 300 meters. You will walk past a large hotel complex on your left before you reach the market, and you will also walk through a small outdoor market area where vendors sell mostly clothing and snacks, before you reach the Vernisage entrance. The Vernisage requires a 10 ruble payment to enter. If you reach the area by car or other means, and are unsure which way to go, just look for the buildings that look like old Russian architecture, with onion domes and lots of wood. That is the Vernisage and Kremlin. Most drivers know which area tourists want to go to, and will take you directly to the Vernisage entrance.

Saturdays and Sundays are the only days when the Vernisage is really much of an attraction. On weekdays, it is open, but only a fraction of the shops are open and selection is very limited. On weekends, all shops are open until about 5:00, and many stay open longer, but some begin to shut down around 5:00 - 5:30, or even earlier in winter.
Written October 13, 2007
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holidayfunhunter
London, UK12 contributions
This is an open air market. Take the metro (Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line, which is dark blue or purple on the metro map) to the station of the same name, get off there, and ask any local to point you in the direction of the market. It's easy to spot with its wooden-fortress-like encasement and crowds of sated shopper milling back to the metro.

I used to go to this market 10 years ago when I lived in Moscow. It was better then and less touristy and had a lot more real craft for sale. It's still worth seeing but be a tough negotiator. As you enter the market, there are two lanes to walk down. These lanes or alleyways go left and right from the main entrance. If you are looking for a present to take back home, then you will have a choice of the usual Russian tourist stuff, "ones mans junk is another mans treasure" as they say. Painted mugs with Putin face or the communist star, wooden dolls and painted boxes. The painted boxes are beautifully done but you will pay a high price as they are sold in a tourist market and take days and weeks to paint. Always haggle your price NEVER pay what they ask you. If they don't agree just walk away. You can find all the tourist stuff on sale that you see in the market anywhere in Russia.

You can buy the latest movies, all on pirate CD (or you can now, this may change later if Russia introduces some copyright laws and actual laws!) Be careful on the quality as the sound and picture quality can be bad to awful. You can buy fur hats made from questionable fur such as from rabbit, bear and perhaps dog. If you feel hungry you can buy a kind of kebab made from chicken, lamb or pork. The portions are small but it will fill you up and is tasty. Once you have passed the through the main lane alleyways, you will reach some steps that go up. These steps go up to the antique section. You will find a lot of nice things to buy and I love this section but prices will again be inflated so always negotiate your price. A word of warning. You cannot take anything out of Russia that is more than a 100 years old.

The market is fun and worth seeing. Spend a morning there, have lunch and go somewhere else after. The market seems to have been built on a swamp area and can be very damp and cold in the winter. The damp goes through most clothes, so wrap up warm. I recommend seeing this market but don't expect so much hand crafted stuff there is some, but its mostly tourist stuff which is fine if you want to buy tourist stuff you will not bee disappointed.
Written October 9, 2011
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Izmailovsky Market is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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