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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Shopping Tips

1. Opening Hours

Most of the shops are usually open from 10am until 7pm, seven days a week. The city has many 24-hour shops, ranging from simple grocery stores to hip boutiques.

2. Credit Cards

Only top places accept credit cards. Some shops may advertise the fact that they accept cards, but this is a perestroika-period hangover from when stickers advertising Western goods and services were stuck up even if not actually offered. Carry plenty of cash when shopping. You may be asked to show your passport when paying by credit card.

3. Haggling

Haggling is not practised in shops, but in markets, especially the ones selling souvenirs, it is expected. Do not expect huge discounts, as the price you are offered is probably only about 15 per ...

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