Supermarket shopping in Russia

During my visit to Russia, I spent a number of days at the same place in Saint Petersburg, so I hit up the local supermarket for some provisions. First stop was the breakfast aisle.

'хлопья Завтраки' (breakfast cereal) aisle in a Russian supermarket

Then some milk – the cartoon cat is the spokesperson for ‘Простоквашино’ brand in Russia.

Selection of Russian milk brands in the supermarket

Next was bread.

Bread aisle in a Russian supermarket

One fun fact – in Saint Petersburg white loaves of bread are called ‘Булка’ (‘bulka’) while those in Moscow call it ‘белыи кхлеб’ (‘belyi khleb’).

I’m not the kind of person who enjoys a continental breakfast, but there were plenty of packaged meats and smallgoods for sale.

Meat and smallgoods in a Russian supermarket

An entire aisle of local beers was also on offer, but it was a little early for that!

Entire aisle of beer in this Russian supermarket

Finally, it was finally time to pay for my purchases. Compared to an Australian supermarket, the checkouts were much smaller, and the customer needs to put their own shopping into bags.

Cash registers in a Russian supermarket

Another difference is the cigarette displays – everything is on show, and you can buy them from any register!

Cigarette displays above the cash registers in a Russian supermarket

Another thing

One useful service at the front of the supermarket is free lockers – just put your backpack inside, then lock it up and take the key while you shop.

Lockers at the entrance of a Russian supermarket, to hold your backpack

Some background

The supermarket I visited is called Дикси (DIXY) – it’s Russia’s third largest food retailer, with over 1400 stores across the country, mostly in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Most of them are smaller than your standard Australian supermarket – doing a ‘weekly shop’ with a massive shopping trolley is an unheard of concept in Russia.

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