Guide to Local Markets in St. Petersburg Russia

Markets In Saint Petersburg

by Anna de Nord
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I’ve been planning to make a guide to local markets in Saint Petersburg for a while.

Firstly, a local market is usually an interesting place for every traveller. Secondly, markets in Saint Petersburg are often underestimated because visitors primarily head to big museums and known attractions. This isn’t bad. But I hope this guide will help you to discover new places in the city and to get off the usual tourist path.

I have some posts about St. Petersburg. If you’re planning to visit this city, you’ll find helpful travel tips here:

1. TOP 10 Saint Petersburg Must-See Places
2. Guide to Saint Petersburg Hotels
3. Saint Petersburg Public Transport: Guide to Metro, Buses and Taxis
4. Essential Guide To Suburban Royal Palaces In St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is mostly known as a place for designer and handmade markets. For instance, plenty of small workshops and creative studios sell their merchandise. It’s not a secret that they put soul in what they make. I know that it sounds pathetic but it’s true. So let’s talk about designer markets and see what and where we can find.

Local markets in St. Petersburg is a right place to find some pretty gifts
Local markets in St. Petersburg is a right place to find some pretty gifts

In this post, I put aside food markets in Saint Petersburg. They exist but, in my opinion, it’s not a must-see attraction. There are rumours that businessmen are very interested in the development of food markets. In other words, they would like to update these rather seedy spots. For example, to turn the old-style markets into modern food courts. A good example of such a transformation is the Danilovsky Market in Moscow. Food markets in Saint Petersburg could be interesting for seeing but not for shopping.

While travelling, I usually buy something I can wear or use. Fancy bracelets, purses and scarves still remind me of good times abroad for many years. That’s why I always look for places beyond habitual souvenir shops.


3 Reasons To Visit Markets In Saint Petersburg

  1. First of all, a market is a reflection of local culture. Chain stores offer the same goods all over the world. Every market has its own atmosphere. Moreover, this is the right place to discover something unexpected and unique.
  2. Markets are the right place to taste food made by locals. Small coffee shops make for visitors lavender cappuccino. Confectioners experiment on pepper chocolate and buckwheat ice cream. Would you say “Yes!” to pancakes with bacon and salted caramel? Temptations are everywhere!
  3. Markets in Saint Petersburg are often held in historical places. 150 years ago those mansions belonged to Russian aristocracy. Nowadays they develop into cultural spaces. Unfortunately, they don’t look as luxurious as before. Years of looting and neglecting ruined the buildings and the decorations a lot. However, the mansions still possess an attractive ambience. Shabby columns and wide staircases remind of former richness.

Permanent Markets in Saint Petersburg

Udelnaya flea market

Udelnaya flea market is a must-visit place for Soviet-style souvenirs. But not only Soviet… I have also seen Indian vases and Villeroy & Boch plates.

You’ll find vintage books, mirrors and porcelain figurines. There’s also a good choice of coins, pins, toys, and other small souvenirs. In short, sellers offer the widest range of unique stuff!

Udelnaya flea market, one of the local markets In St. Petersburg, Russia
Vintage books, photo frames and toys found on Udelnaya flea market

Pay attention to:

  • Vintage Christmas tree decorations: balls, bells, pinecones, animals, icicles… These adorable figurines are made of the finest glass and hand painted.
  • Vintage mirrors, jewellery boxes, tableware. Theatre and movie designers come to Udelnaya flea market for inspiration and decorations. Why not follow their steps?
  • Old-style devices like cameras or record players.

Don’t hesitate to bargain for reducing the price. And beware pickpockets!

Udelnaya flea market is open all year round. Better visit it on weekends.
Address: 36, Fermskoye Shosse, St. Petersburg, Russia

Loft Etazhi

Loft Etazhi is located in the historical centre of Saint Petersburg. It’s a former industrial bakery turned into creative space for youngsters. From all local markets in St. Petersburg, the Etazhi is most hipster place for shopping and eating out.

The loft occupies a multistorey building and the surrounding yards. Don’t hesitate to wander up and down all the floors. I’m sure you’ll discover amazing things like handmade cosmetics, cool knitted hats and charming jewellery.

Address: 74, Ligovsky Prospect, St. Petersburg, Russia


Temporary Markets in Saint Petersburg

Temporary markets take place during weekends in different locations around the city. They attract locals and city guest. All visitors will find here something nice to treat their soul or body.

Sevkabel Port

Probably, the most picturesque point located far from the usual tourist paths. Sevkabel Port is a former industrial plant which is now a hot spot for cultural events. Concerts and markets take place in former warehouses and industrial halls. A cool place to chill out!

If you visit Sevkabel Port, I recommend to grab a coffee and to head to the embankment. The view on the harbour during sunsets will take your breath away.

Address: 40, Kozhevennaya Line, St. Petersburg, Russia

Annenkirche

Annenkirche is an ancient Lutheran church in Saint Petersburg. The official name of Annenkirche is St. Anne’s Church. Don’t be surprised to see a market in an old semi-ruined church. Currently, it’s more about art than about religion.

Annenkirche often hosts designer markets in St. Petersburg, Russia
Interiors of semi-ruined Annenkirche serve as a picturesque background for many markets and cultural events

Markets usually take place in the main hall of Annenkirche. The hall is spacious enough to hold a hundred sellers. Besides, visitors also go up the stairs and enjoy a nice view from the balcony.
Address: 8В, Kirochnaya Street, St. Petersburg, Russia

Golitsyn Loft

The creative cluster is made of 5 buildings. Full of restaurants, time cafes and designer shops. Golitsyn Loft is a city inside a city. As soon as you pass through the arch leading to its yard, you immerse into a vibrant atmosphere, a mix of history and youthfulness.

Wander around inner spaces of the Loft. After that, go out to a balcony and make a picture of Mikhailovsky Castle. In addition, have lunch in the Georgian restaurant “Kazbegui”. Enjoy every minute of your life ))
Address: 20, Fontanka River Embankment, St. Petersburg, Russia

Merkato Locale

Merkato Locale is a large summer market with farmers products and food corners from big Saint Petersburg restaurants. Head to Merkato Locale when you’re hungry and grab a shashlik (Russian style barbecue) and a borsch. Or international food like pizza, burgers and pasta.

Open only in June-August.
Address: 28, Rubinstein Street, St. Petersburg, Russia


What To Buy From Local Markets

Handmade ceramics spotted on one of the markets
Handmade ceramics spotted on one of the markets in St. Petersburg
  • Ceramics. Handmade home decorations, mugs and plates have fancy forms and colours.
  • Accessories. The weather in Saint Petersburg is very changeable. Therefore, a hat or a snood will protect you from cool winds while you’re walking along embankments or enjoying a boat trip. Buy one from local designers — isn’t it a useful “souvenir”?
  • Jewellery. Elegant or brutal, it’s up to you to decide. I confess that for me it’s absolutely impossible to leave without a new ring or bracelet…
  • Local food. I mean food really made by locals. Saint Petersburg is a northern city. Certainly, you won’t find exotic fruit or vegetables. On the other hand, farmers make excellent cheese and other dairy products. I’m sure gourmets would appreciate local parmesan, gorgonzola and chocolate camembert. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then you’ll certainly fall in love with honey souffle with cranberries. Or jam made of pinecones…

This is not everything but the best. And I highly recommend to include at least one market to your itinerary.

I have some posts about St. Petersburg. If you’re planning to visit this city, you’ll find helpful travel tips here:

1. TOP 10 Saint Petersburg Must-See Places
2. Guide to Saint Petersburg Hotels
3. Saint Petersburg Public Transport: Guide to Metro, Buses and Taxis
4. Essential Guide To Suburban Royal Palaces In St. Petersburg

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In conclusion, let me know if you visit local markets while you travel. What treasures have you found there?


Best wishes from Russia,
Anna

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paddockfamily4 02.04.2019 - 9:21 pm

We love finding markets when we travel- it’s a great way to get the local vibe! This market is super cute!

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Anna de Nord 03.04.2019 - 2:10 pm

Markets often have nothing to do with shops — precisely because of the local vibes. Good places to visit!

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Jayne 02.04.2019 - 11:08 pm

I love a market and if they are also in a historic building or part of town then that sounds perfect!

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Anna de Nord 03.04.2019 - 2:01 pm

That’s what I call “to get two for the price of one”: a mix of shopping and sightseeing. Especially knowing that our travel schedules are usually quite tight…

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Webb of Learning 03.04.2019 - 4:43 am

I love going to markets and buying hand made things. It’s so much more special than getting souvenirs from somewhere that

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Anna de Nord 03.04.2019 - 1:57 pm

I totally agree. I’m not against postcards or fridge magnets but sometimes we need something special to treat us… 🙂

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Ženja | Bearly Here 03.04.2019 - 5:34 am

This is so lovely! Now I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t visit some of these markets when in St Petersburg. Oh well, has to be next time. Thanks for sharing!

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Anna de Nord 03.04.2019 - 1:55 pm

Next time for sure 🙂 They’re waiting for you!

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Viết Lách 03.04.2019 - 9:12 am

interesting market with the very chilling atmosphere, I can feel it through your pictures which I really love, I love the color of your pictures- very suit the content. thank you for your sharing <3

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Anna de Nord 03.04.2019 - 1:50 pm

Oh, the atmosphere is very chilling, you’re right 100%!

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Cath - Passports and Adventures 04.04.2019 - 11:43 am

I love visiting markets and agree that you can’t leave without buying at least one thing. These markets sound brilliant and there’s no better recommendation than from someone in the know!

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Mike 04.04.2019 - 9:28 pm

Whenever I travel to a new city or a new country, I love visiting local markets. A market is just the best place to get a feeling of a new culture. In Russia, I have only been to Moscow so far but when I will visit St Petersburg, I know what market I have to visit! Thanks for sharing!

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Yukti 04.04.2019 - 10:04 pm

This is very useful information about what to purchase in St. Petersburg as I love such handicrafts and local made things. Merkato Locale looks very tempting to me.

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