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GUM, Minsk

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At GUM--essentially a department store--peruse the aisles for souvenirs such as Russian dolls and handpainted boxes. The building is a typical example of Socialist Realism and serves as a 20th-century architectural landmark. The department store was built in 1951. It offers clothes, shoes, toys, cosmetics, souvenirs, household appliances, and more. Look for Soviet-style radios or digital Elektronika watches--a must for collectors of kitsch. Use our Minsk trip planner to visit GUM on your trip to Minsk, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • every time we are in Minsk we have to visit GUM, especially shoes store which is located on the way to the main GUM entrance, also Belarus textiles and socks. GUM is situated i main shopping street.  more »
  • If you're looking for the latest fashions, this isn't the place, but tourist can find essential items at good prices. Good souvenir selection on the ground floor, and also more upstairs. For me, the m...  more »
  • Only Belarusian goods. First of all, high-quality knitted things for children, as girlfriend-lover to buy socks, this is our paradise, I wanted to buy a natural linen-bought, basic and necessary goods at very affordable prices. No other brands, except the main brand (slogan) "buy Belarusian"
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Where to stay in Minsk

The funky town of Minsk is flooded with cool hotels and chic apartments to rent, many of which can be quite luxurious. Renting an apartment is a great option--and if you are traveling with a group, you can keep the cost per person down. While bed and breakfasts and guesthouses are not quite as popular in this city, you can find affordable lodging at the nice but less expensive hotels that may sacrifice location or amenities. Most hotels and hostels will arrange to register you as a foreigner with the police. If you rent an apartment-style accommodation, make sure to check in advance whether or not your host will do so. Without registration, you can stay in Belarus for only five business days.
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