Sochi offers good shopping opportunities and the upcoming Winter Olympics is certainly going to provide a boost to the Sochi shopping scene. From high-end malls to boutiques and outdoor markets, there is plenty on offer for shopping enthusiasts. Alongside many well known stores and brands that have outlets in this popular holiday destination, you will also find shops catering to the needs of the budget traveller. Visitors usually go back with some well picked souvenirs and gifts.
Our Sochi Shopping Guide below tells you all about the great shopping to be had in Sochi. Make sure you take a break from touring and shopping in Malawi, and relax and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the local Sochi restaurants.
Sochi souvenir shops are found throughout central Sochi. Do check out Tsentralny Market too for unique local gift items. Local craftsmen produce wonderful jewellery, woodcrafts, pottery, painted dolls and curios. You will also find excellent keepsakes and art pieces at the museums and the well stocked art shops—there are quite a few of them all over Sochi. The city is blessed with a thriving artistic community. Original paintings by accomplished local artists are available at several museums and galleries and the prices are often very reasonable. Many visitors come away with great bargains.
A good place to start your shopping expedition is central Sochi. A profusion of supermarkets and stores dot the area offering you just about anything you need. Judging from the number of shops displaying the trendiest fashion wear and accessories, it is evident that the holiday crowds that frequent Sochi expect to find fashionable outfits here. Outdoor activities form a big part of the Sochi vacation and you can get all your sporting goods and outdoor gear here.
Don’t miss Sochi’s street markets. They are lively and you get a sense of local life and a chance to mingle. You can purchase a variety of good quality local stuff and fresh produce including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fish, meat and flowers. The Sochi Central Market is the main trading venue and dates back to the 1930s. The Adlersky market is another buzzing market. It is also a great place to sample traditional Sochi cooking. A variety of local delicacies is served at the restaurants and cafes that you find scattered around. A sweet snack called churchkhela made with natural grapes and walnuts finds many takers.
Your bargaining skills can come in handy at the outdoor markets and souvenir shops but not so much at the high-end stores and boutiques. Major supermarkets and malls accept credit cards but you will need cash in the street markets.