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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Eclectic Buys On the Arbat

Dom Knigi, located at 26 Ulitsa Novy Arbat, is huge, but its book quality goes in waves. Luckily we are on the crest right now, although the prices are not as competitive as you would expect.

Gone are the days when you could pick up dozens of Soviet propaganda posters and badges for kopeks, but the selection of books, postcards and postage stamps for tourists has held steady.

Up on the second floor at the far end you will find the antiquarian section and thousands of art books. With a smile and a bit of insistence, you can get yourself behind the counter to browse freely without having to depend on the sales staff to hand things over.

Foreign language readers, you are in for a treat -- this store seems to specialize in German and French 19th-century travel guides and long, dull novels that will make a Moscow winter look short.

Many of the books for sale cannot be legally exported, so be very careful with your purchases. The bibles and religious tracts are good to look at if you are an antiquarian buff, and every now and then they have nice maps.

Look out for the Mayakovsky art posters which have come onto the market in recent months, and don't miss the postcard and stamp sections further back in the store. If the stamps for sale are not what you are after, make your request known to the small knot of stamp-collectors who are forever lingering around the displays.

Rubles only. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. There is a daily lunch break from 2 to 3 P.M.