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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
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!
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 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
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.
Check the calendar on
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 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.
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
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 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
- 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. Check locations and include at least one to your itinerary.
In conclusion, let me know if you visit local markets while you travel. What treasures have you found there?