Explore St Petersburg old markets and experience the real Russia. A mix of exotic and old fashioned atmosphere awaits you.
Visiting one of the many and lively St Petersburg old markets is an excellent way to soak up the local atmosphere, and find something interesting to buy at lower prices from local farmers and artisans.
As far as I am aware, in the whole city of St Petersburg there are ten markets of different sizes and ages anyone could visit, but in my opinion only five are worth visiting as much for sightseeing as for shopping. These five old markets, which I presented on this page, can give you a unique taste of the real Russia with its mixture of culture, stuff, and old architecture - plus they all are a fun place to go.☺
Regardless of which market you choose to go, you will find everything from food to flowers, modern art to antiques, and clothes to household goods, and of course Russian souvenirs or Soviet memorabilia, including pets. However, before buying anything I recommend that you bargain as much as you can because the prices are usually not fixed. If you don't speak Russian, then you should be accompanied by someone who knows the language to make your shopping easier.
If you're keen to visit any of these St Petersburg old markets, check out my picking list below, and enjoy the experience.
Below a list of the most interesting St Petersburg old markets. Click on your link of interest and find out more.
Address: Ul. Polyustrovsky, 45 | St Petersburg, 195197, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 540-30-39
"Huge Range of Items"
Formerly known as Kondratyevsky market, this Polyustrovskiy Market is huge and has an enormous range of articles. Not just fruit and vegetables and meat, but here you can buy fur products, aquarium items, fishing accessories, cats, dogs, birds, clothes, shoes, household chemicals, camping equipment, even a fishing boat! There’s a garden centre too. This is the only market in St Petersburg where trading in cats and dogs, birds, and aquarium fish is allowed and is locally known as the “bird market” where birds and animals are traded on weekends.
Address: Skobelevskiy Prospekt, Udelnaya Rail Station| St Petersburg, 194017, Russia
This is a fun place to visit – you’ll find all manner of items – old, unique, real, fake, and more. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure and Udelnaya Flea Market is the place to come especially if you’re a visitor wanting a truly local experience and if you’re looking for a bargain. Clothing, porcelain, used tires, electric motors, Soviet era memorabilia, vintage radios, bicycles and everything else you never needed. It’s the true flea market experience – even if you’re not buying.
Address: Ulitsa Nekrasova, 52| St Petersburg, 191014, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 273-17-34
"Handy Local Market"
Maltsevsky Market is housed in a two-storey barn built in the 1960s and has a Soviet-era look to it. This is very much a local shopping area for fresh fruit, vegetables, aromatic herbs, meat and fish as well as milk and homemade sour cream. While it lacks the historic charm of other market buildings, it nevertheless offers a dazzling range and quality of produce that is similar to that available in most supermarkets.
Address: Kuznechny Pereulok, 3 | St Petersburg, 191025, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 312-41-61
"True Market Atmosphere"
Kuznechny Market is St Petersburg’s best-known meat, fish, fruit, and vegetable market located in a beautiful 1920s neo-classical building. Stroll down the aisles and the vendors will offer you free tasty morsels -fresh honey, Korean salads, caviar, apples, while yelling out and doing their best to attract you to their offerings. It’s a magic atmosphere, and one of the finest Russian markets of its kind. If you’re ready for a challenge try your basic Russian and haggle for the best prices. A site not to be missed.
Address: Ul. Moskovsky, 4A | St Petersburg, 196066, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 310-02-17
"The Oldest Grocery Markets of St Petersburg"
Sennoy Market, also known as Hay Market dates back to the 18th century when hay and straw were traded. Today it’s a retail fresh food market just five minutes’ walk from the metro and offers fresh meat from farms in the Leningrad Region as well as delicious fruit and vegetables beautifully displayed by individual traders. Prices here are low, and you can buy whole animal carcasses, or just parts, e.g. a cow’s head. Readers of Crime and Punishment may remember this market as the place where a troubled Raskoinikov confessed his sins!
Written by Davide C.