The Russian Shopping Experience
There are two experiences when shopping for food in Russia. A Russian supermarket (in Russian – Суперма´ркет) is just like a Western one, no surprises here except for serious-looking guards at the entrance who might want to check the contents of your bags. One difference is that they provide lockers for bags which are not usually aloud while shopping. When you go to a “Big Box” shopping store it can be quite pleasent, wide aisles and lots of selection.
This is the “Big Box” experience.
Typical Shop (Магазин) Experience
This is the local grocery store (in Russian – Магазин)experience. They also provide lockers and will seal your purse or other bags that you take in, in plastic (Don’t open until you leave) In most of the smaller grocery stores shopping is much more difficult. Aisles are narrow and the selection is much smaller.
Compared to what supermarket’s were like during soviet times, things have come a long way.
To see more what thing were like during soviet times visit the following link.
In the following video, one gets to see what shopping is like at the open markets and vendors. The typical Russian Market is where you can buy clothes, underwear, footwear and accessories, all new. These types of markets were very popular after the collapse of the USSR, they sprung up under Perestroika during the 1990’s. They can be found in every major city in Russia.