Even on a thronging part of Nevsky Prospekt that is packed with tourists snapping pictures of the Church of Spilled Blood, it is impossible to miss this beautiful bookstore, the largest in St. Petersburg. Known for the enormous window displays and glass dome roof (a trademark of the Singer Sewing Machine factory which occupied the building until 1917), the store is open 24-hours a day and boasts a good selection of English-translated texts, Russian classics and reproduction Soviet-era propaganda posters that make great and unusual gifts.
Imperial Porcelain Factory
Larissa Pogoretskaya and her daughter Alexandra are St. Petersburg-based fashion designers who have a cult following among Russia’s new wealthy. The pair has traveled widely and adores such modern international designers as Alber Elbaz and Jean-Paul Gaultier as well as classic maestros like Balenciaga and Christian Dior. One recent collection was inspired by the late Princess Grace of Monaco but all bear a distinctly Russian flair. They are best known for their glamorous satin gowns and evening wear but their cotton jersey knit tops and delicate silk blouses with ruffled sleeves and collars appeal to Westerners. Most everything is one-of-a-kind or made-to-order. Indagare members can contact our bookings team to arrange for a private visit to the designer’s atelier, which happens to be located in the historic attic apartment where Anna Pavlova once gave ballet lessons.
Most antiques cannot be taken out of the country but folk pieces can be and this is the best source folk paintings in the city.
Lomonsov Porcelain Factory
This antiques shop sells furniture and objects, including lovely vintage purses and jewelry if you are lucky. It feels like prowling through a turn-of-the-century attic but for the dogged, you may unearth a treasure.
Tatiana Kotegova is Russia’s version of Diane Von Furstenburg and Coco Chanel combined. Her fashions are sexy and feminist, and she is a role model to progressive women and fashionistas. She works with precious natural materials like cashmere, silk, fur and velvet for dramatic statement dressing. Among her fans are Russia’s most famous ballerinas and internationally adored photographer Deborah Turbeville.
Yeliseev's Food Hall
This gourmet food specialty store is like the Russian answer to London's Harrod's Food Hall. Stop here to pick up caviar, pickled delicacies and vodka.