Shopping in Vasilyevsky ostrov
Of course you can find all the traditional Russian souvenirs for sale in St Petersburg – matryoshki, lacquered boxes, scarves, wooden toys, samovars, vodka - and you'll be expected to bring some of these home.
But if you're looking for something more original, there are plenty more options too. How about a surprisingly affordable piece of porcelain from the Imperial Porcelain Factory, founded in the city almost 300 years ago? Or a classic Soviet designed watch from the Raketa watch company, located in Peterhof? Amber from the Baltic, caviare from the Caspian, fur hats and coats from the heartlands of Siberia, Soviet memorabilia such as badges or posters, military belts and hats, commemorative coins, icons and antiques - all make interesting and unique souvenirs for yourself or loved ones. Many of the international chain stores are represented in the city too, and the shopping malls are extensive and include non-shopping entertainment too, such as restaurants, cinemas and bowling. So make sure to leave some space in your luggage, you won't be going home empty-handed!