Russian history through Moscow stores

There are more than a thousand cinemas, restaurants, shops, grocery stores in Moscow. But have you ever wondered how old are they? Moscow constantly reinvents itself, perhaps this has to do with the two times it was completely burnt to the ground, or just the city’s approach to time…change with it. In any case, few buildings have survived the years to find a place among the cities new structures. Those that survived were converted to museums, galleries and in the case of stores, even retained their function. The list below introduces most prominent and old grocery stores of Moscow, which will literally take you to the past.

Eliseevsky Gastronom

Once upon a time, at the end of the 19th century, the Russian millionaire Grigory Eliseev bethought to open a store that would be unique in the Russian Empire: the store with outlandish goods, educated staff, and an exquisite interior. For the store, he chose a magnificent building on the Tverskaya street. Soon “Eliseevsky Gastronom” opened the doors for customers. The store’s interior in itself was a work of art with its big windows, a huge hall in neo-baroque style with high ceilings, stucco moldings and gilding sparkled in the light of unimaginable chandeliers. Fruit and goods pyramids impressed everyone who entered the doors. It was called: “Yeliseyev’s shop and Russian and foreign wines cellar”.

Today, Eliseevsky Gastronom is a National Architectural Monument. Only the modern labels on goods and the carts remind visitors that they’re still in the 21st century.  People come around not just to shop, but to glimpse into the shopping past of the then Moscow nobility. In addition to groceries, you can also buy souvenirs here, which include Russian sweets.

Address:

14 Tverskaya ulitsa

Hours:

24h

 

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Gastronom No. 1 in GUM

Gastronom No. 1 is located in an architectural monument and offers to take it’s guests back to the USSR…food wise of course. Gastronom No. 1 is younger than Eliseevsky, and it had a short, but very bright life from 1950 to 1990. Its marble counters and windows overlooking the Red Square were a model of the Soviet trade. During an era of total deficiency, it was possible to find various delicacies and scare food products here.

Gastronom No. 1  was renovated and then it opened its doors again in 2008. Those, who still remember the store in its glory days of the past concur that everything, from the design and the staff clothes to the presence of some classical goods of the Soviet era (such as the “Three elephants tea”) is the same as it was back in the 50s and 60s.

Address:

3 Red Square

Hours:

24h

 

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Perlov Tea House

This bright example of the Chinese architecture used to be the Perlov family house, who were known as successful tea merchants. The building’s design was done to attract the attention of the Chinese ambassador to Russia Li Hongzhang, who was invited for the coronation of Nikolay II. Pirogov  invited him to stay in his house; he gussied up the building and transformed his house into a Chinese pagoda replete with dragons and golden facades looking for a contract of tea delivery from China. Although the ambassador was unable to visit the store, it became extremely popular among the nobility and the then rich. Today, the tea house sells tea from India, Kenya, China, Ceylon, and coffee beans from Brazil, Costa Rica, Kenya and Italy and different sweets. The interior and exterior are both beautiful and the place is definitely worth visiting. Here you’ll find yourself out at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.

Address:

19 Myasnitskaya ulitsa

Hours:

9 AM — 9 PM

 

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