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GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin)
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The largest department store in Russia, dating back to the days of the tsars, is located opposite the Kremlin in Red Square.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“The best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

Did not know what to expect, what I got was a wonderful department store, better place to visit than Harrods or Macys, great building well kept, lovely night time lighting. It is set out over three parallel halls that run the width of the building on three levels with stairs and escalators to get around, there are bridges that span the halls on the upper levels, wonderful places to get pictures from. Yes all the boutiques are high end with the biggest Louis Viuitton I have ever seen, that sums up the new rich in Moscow.

Visited August 2014
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“No longer the "you could get lucky" store”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is the place where Muscovites used to try to "get lucky" and score scarce items. So much so, that a net shopping bag used to be known as a "I could get lucky" bag and the fountain in the middle of GUM is the central meeting place in case you get separated from your friends. Because the crowds were SO busy during Soviet times, the place was jammed. "Meet me at the fountain..."

Nowadays, GUM is a beautiful arcade of high end boutiques like Michael Kors, Prada, etc. The architecture --19th Century skylit roof with arcades, marble steps and fountains is beautiful enough for a visit. Shopping? Hold onto your credit card, it's not cheap.

There are lots of stairs. There are probably elevators but we didn't use them. The lavatories are wonderfully clean--one is near the restaurant/cafe upstairs.

One more tip; the cafeteria on the top floor is excellent--and a sentimental whiff of old Soviet times. A handful of rubles gets you a Kotelty Pozharskie (ground chicken patty, breaded with soft bread crumbs), delicious buttery mashed potatoes and Russian tomato sauce (I think we paid no more than about five or six dollars and it was absolutely delicious.) A bargain in pricey Moscow. Worth the visit for the history and right on Red Square, so you really have no excuse. A must.

Visited July 2014
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“Go There!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014

Go there,
Look around.
Enjoy local specialty - ice cream made of real cream (Мороженое).
Don’t waste your time in Sotolovaya 57, unless you need a reminder of your poor college cafeteria.
Just stroll around the GUM and soak up the atmosphere.
If you are rich enough shop there.

Visited August 2014
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Trondheim, Norway
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“Amazing dep store!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

This shopping center is grand, its a huge complex the red square. Inside you have every brand you would like, but dont come to Russia, or atleast Moscow to try to make bargain deald, Moscow is one of the most expensive ccitys fro shopping and you will quikly learn that. Even thou its nice to have a look inside with the hugh 3 story high building with fresh flowers everywere. They also have cafees, restaurants and some candy stores to by something to eat from.

Visited June 2014
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Roanoke, Virginia
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“Nice for a stroll through”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

Never saw the "historic bathrooms" but nice to walk through the mall. Very nicely decorated and if you are there, take a stroll past the fountain. Reasonable place for lunch is the cafeteria (forget the name, maybe Cantina 54?

Visited July 2014
Thank Kris D
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