Vladimirskaya Vosstaniya

This bustling commercial district is really just an extension of the Historic Heart. Vladimirsky pr, which turns into Zagorodny pr, is one of the city's slickest shopping streets, lined with boutiques and overlooked by the Vladimirsky Passage shopping centre. As Nevsky pr continues east past the Fontanka River, it is also lined with stores big and small, catering to tourists, residents and everyone in between. A smaller side street, Pushkinskaya ul, houses a cluster of eclectic, arty shops, not to mention the avant-garde art centre at Pushkinskaya 10. Only east of pi Vosstaniya does the activity start to peter out.

LA RUSSE Map p92 Antiques

@ 572 2043; www.larusse.ru; Stremyannaya ul 3; Sl1am-8pm; M Mayakovskaya

Lots of rustic old whatnots and genuine antiques are piled into this quirky arty antique store. You might unearth anything from a battered old samovar to an intricately painted sleigh. Enquire about occasional excursions into the countryside, where most of these items are procured.

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