The Izmaelovski market is actually located outside the Partizanskaya metro, not the Izmaelovski metro stop, but don't let that stop you from trying to find it! Along the streets running up to the castle you will find stalls with all the Russian souvenirs your traveling heart could ask for. Scarves, mugs with Putin's face, Russian dolls, and anything else you can think of. Around you, Asian and European visitors are haggling for their souvenirs in English. The second floor of the market turns into an art and flea market combo. You can find artists selling their own pieces, old cameras, old stolen signs with funny sayings, and the like.
When Russian is hard and you just wanted to purchase some gum
Many people have warned me that Moscow is a hard city to navigate for foreigners if they don't know how to speak Russian. With this in mind, the number of English speakers has been much higher than anticipated. Russians who don't speak any English but try to help helpless foreigner (me) regardless have been even more in number.
The writer of Not Home Syndrome can be seen wandering around Moscow, searching for pour-over coffee