I love visiting markets in Moscow. Although they can be pricier than supermarkets, I find the quality of the produce is much better. Almost every district has some kind of market, some better than others. One of the better ones I have come across in my adventures across Moscow is the Cheryomushkinsky Market. As you can see by the image accompanying this post, this market has a long history.
Just off Leninsky Prospekt, this market is right between Universitet and Profsoyuznaya metro stations. Although it is not really close enough to walk comfortably, you can take the tram from Universitet – the tram line passes right by the market. Here is the market on the map to make it easy for you to find if you don’t speak or read Russian.
The market is going through renovations right now, but is still very much open for business. It was closed for some time a few years back, but the new owners are looking to develop the market and modernise it. Just like the more famous Danilovsky Market, at Cheryomushkinsky Market there are produce stands in the middle, with prepared foods sold around the outside. What I really like about this market over other options is just how good and cheap the prepared food is.
Camera Obscura coffee is a real standout and I cannot go to this market without getting a flat white there! There are also a number of Georgian stalls and a great bakery that has lovely fresh baguettes and pastries.
As far as produce goes, by far the biggest section other than the fruits and vegetables is the fish. It is almost like a miniature aquarium and there can be some good deals on oysters, lobster and crayfish here. Recently, I have also noticed a lot more stalls selling Russian made cheeses. These cheeses are comparable in price to imported cheese from the supermarket and taste as good, if not better. It is great to see more Russian cheese producers!
One thing I do not like about the produce section in particular is the unclear pricing. Although I do speak enough Russian to conduct a transaction, I really dislike having to ask the price. I would much prefer to have it marked. Even if you are quoted a fair price after asking, you just cannot dispel the feeling that maybe you are being ripped off.
In general, I would not recommend this as a place to do your weekly fruit and vegetable shopping. It is fine for a special occasions, but the steep prices and unclear pricing policies really put me off. The prepared food is why I keep coming back. There are plenty of great option for breakfast or lunch, all at reasonable prices.
Check out the vendors at the Cheryomushkinsky Market and find details of upcoming events at their website: http://cheremushki-rynok.ru/
The market is open from 0900 – 2100 seven days a week.