What are the best gifts that you can bring from the Belarusian capital and what are the places where you can buy exclusive souvenirs, paintings and other objects of art?
When buying presents for your family and friends in Minsk you can choose either traditional Belarusian souvenirs or those dedicated solely to Minsk, its history and culture, fascinating architectural monuments and recognizable recently built landmarks.
Such souvenirs as paintings, boxes and statuettes, painted ceramic cups and bells, postcards, booklets and magnets depicting Minsk’s sights, will rekindle memories of the Belarusian capital. The following are the most famous sights of Minsk:
While in Minsk, you can also purchase hand-made souvenirs created by professional artists and craftsmen.
A wide choice of souvenirs can be found in the crafts galleries Slavutast and Slavutyya Maistry at the Trinity Hill, in the National Ornamental Art Gallery and in souvenir stores near the Minsk Town Hall…
For example, the crafts gallery Slavutast (21 Maksima Bogdanovicha Street, the Trinity Hill), located in Minsk’s historical center, offers souvenirs from the best craftsmen and artists. The following souvenirs are on offer:
The Gallery of National Arts and Crafts (Minsk Concert Hall, 5 Oktyabrskaya Street) showcases various household items and handmade decorative items from environmentally friendly materials:
Small souvenir shops in Svoboda Square near the Minsk Town Hall offer souvenirs depicting the symbols and landmarks of Minsk: magnets, badges, cups, figurines…
All the large shopping centers of Minsk have souvenir sections (the department stores GUM and TSUM, Kirmash, Belarus, Stolitsa underground shopping center, etc.) There are gift shops at bus and railway stations, and in the Minsk National Airport. The Belsoyuzpechat kiosks also offer souvenirs.
In Minsk you can find famous Belarusian flax souvenirs at the specialized shops Lyanok (46 Nezavisimosti Avenue), and Belorusky Lyon (Stolitsa shopping center, 32 Nezavisimosti Square).
In Minsk there are also big chain stores of Neman Glassworks, one of the largest manufacturers of glass and crystal products in the world.
You can find books, photo albums, booklets, travel guides, postcards with the sights of Minsk and other Belarusian landmarks, and small souvenirs in the bookshops of the capital city. The largest are:
Souvenirs with the logo of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship can be found at all specialized stores in Minsk, including the kiosks in Minsk Arena and Chizhovka Arena, the main venues of the championship.
If you are a connoisseur of modern art and want to buy works by Belarusian artists (fine arts, graphics, sculpture), you should visit galleries and saloons of Minsk. The largest are:
Remember that you need a special permission if you want to take a work of art out of the country. Generally, if you buy a painting at a gallery, you can settle the issue with the help of the staff.