Looking for St Petersburg souvenir shops? Here’s a list of the best local shops for buying an original souvenir or gift from your trip to Russia.
There are a large number of small or big souvenir shops in St Petersburg where anyone can buy amber jewellery, traditional handcrafts, a Russian doll, or a Russian fur hat, and many other items.
If during your visit to the Imperial city you wish to take a little something home with you as a reminder of your trip to Russia, even if it’s something as small as a thimble or a postcard, head off to the famous Nevsky Prospect in downtown, and keep walking in and around the street. There you will find a special place to buy something you like for you, your friends, or your family.
However, when you're out doing your shopping avoid the touristy street shops near the main city's attractions. If you buy there, you may end up paying more compared to a regular souvenir shop. You're better off going into a licensed shop such as Gostiny Dvor Shopping center or those listed on this page for example.
Now, to help you navigate through the countless St Petersburg souvenir shops, we've made a selective list of what we think are the best places to shop for souvenirs. Hope you find something of your interest!☺
Below a list of licensed St Petersburg souvenir shops. Click on your link of interest, and find out more.
Address: Fontanka River Emb. 21| St Petersburg 191023, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 333-26-55
If you’re lucky enough to have booked a tour of the Faberge Museum, then be sure to visit their Gift Shop. They have beautifully crafted Faberge items which are a far better quality than most of the ones you’ll see at the souvenir outlets in the city. Of course, they’re not bejewelled with the same quality gemstones as the originals, but that’s what makes them affordable. They are boxed and each item will have a Certificate of Authenticity from Faberge (a souvenir in itself!).
Address: Moskovskyi Street, 189| St Petersburg 196105, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 371-97-13
Krupskaya Confectionery was named after Vladimir Lenin’s wife. It’s interesting that someone famously renowned as the symbol for sour-faced Soviet womanhood should be remembered as one of capitalism’s sweet indulgences! The business was founded in 1938 and continued operation during World War II. Try their delicious Troika chocolate flavoured with hazelnuts, or their St Petersburg almond chocolate, or Putin’s favourite “Bear on the North”. This is a great place to shop for souvenirs, as many of the boxes of sweets feature St Petersburg symbols – paintings from Russian museums, city views, and old-Soviet style iconography. Prices are reasonable.
Address: Kuznechnyy Lane, 3| St Petersburg 191002, Russia | Phone (+7) 911 -085-99-91
"The right Price"
Seasoned travellers will know that souvenir buying can be a hassle with pushy sellers and dubious quality. That’s not the case when buying from Matreshka Tanushka which is located in the market (D). The owner provides warm service and has a great knowledge of the different items. The prices are moderate although you will pay more for hand-painted dolls which is as it should be. This is one of most popular St Petersburg souvenir shops hosting an extensive range of Russian items (not made in China) and the prices are generally more competitive than most others.
Address: Ul. Marsovo Pole, 7| St Petersburg 191186, Russia | Phone (+7) 911 113-41-38
Maker Design Loft is a two-level atrium that offers clothes, shoes and accessories from young designers, furniture and interior items, souvenirs, confectionery, a flower shop, photo studio, and beauty studio. A central lounge zone has an espresso coffee bar. This is very much the place for young trendy shoppers who are looking for the latest in style and design but is also a cute and stylish place to just have a coffee. Fast WiFi and clean restrooms are a plus! Definitely one of the most contemporary St Petersburg souvenir shops.
Address: Nevsky Prospect, 17| St Petersburg 191186, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 315-13-48
The Chocolate Museum is in fact a chain of six chocolate boutiques in St Petersburg offering unique handmade chocolate. You can choose from figures, sweets, chocolate boxes, or souvenirs. Exquisitely presented and using the finest ingredients, there are chocolate gifts for all occasions - weddings, special days, men, women, and children. Souvenir chocolate figures include Lenin, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and other unique St Petersburg symbols. You can even have your own specialized message engraved.
Address: Obukhovskoy Street, 151| St Petersburg 192171, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 326-17-43
Imperial Porcelain, founded in 1744, has nine stores in Saint Petersburg and provides a unique view of life in Russia from before the 1812 Revolution to today. Over 4000 articles of all shapes and genres are displayed in the Gallery which opened in 2004. Exquisite paintings and designs on porcelain and thin-walled bone china delight the eye. The range for purchase includes sets and souvenirs, vases, animalistic sculptures, decorative plaques and museum replicas. An online shop is available but the English version is still under construction. Porcelain painting workshops and factory tours are available, making this spot one of the most interesting St Petersburg souvenir shops.☺
Address: Nevsky Prospect, 16| St Petersburg 191186, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 314-23-37
"White and Red Patriotism"
If you fancy sports gear emblazoned with Russia, or just fancy a nice jacket in white and red then Bosco Sport will have it. Prices are relatively expensive but the gear is high quality. Products featuring the cute Russian cartoon character Cheburashka are available too. Olympic gear from both the Winter Olympics and the Beijing Games are still available. For the money conscious, magnets and badges won’t hurt your pocket.
Address: Nevsky Prospect, 90-92| St Petersburg 191186, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 273-89-01
"Max Out Your Credit Card!"
Elena Furs is THE place to go in Russia for furs of all kinds – sable, marten, ermine, fox, mink, astrakhan, and much more. Whether it’s capes, vests, jackets, or coats, Elena Furs will have them. Accessories include hats, berets, scarves, shawls, wraps, and trinkets. They have gorgeous fur keychains which make an ideal souvenir. They have many items on sale, as well as eye-watering prices just for the courageous. Elena Furs have several stores in St Petersburg and throughout Russia.
Written by Davide C.