Many visitors to Moscow visit the flea market which makes up part of the Vernisazh Market at Partizanskaya metro station, but the Levsha Flea Market is much less often visited by tourists, mainly as it is located 30km from the centre of Moscow just outside the city of Khimki. However as it is off the tourist route, you are much more likely to find a bargain here than at Vernisazh.
The front part of the market has stalls where you can find all sorts of odd random stuff on sale. There is lots of Soviet memorabilia - statuettes, banners and painting of Lenin and Stalin; postcards, badges, money, medals and toys - but also even some Nazi memorabilia here - including the odd bust of Hitler. Some things on sale are even more antique and exotic.
Further back in the market individuals have rented a small section of ground on which their wares are laid out and there is no limit to what you can find on sale here, although a large part of it is made up of shabby second hand clothes.
To get to the market you need to get an elektrichka (suburban train) from Moscow’s Leningradsky Railway Station to the station of Novopodrezkovo (Новоподрезково) which is about 30 minutes away. Most trains heading to Kryukovo (Крюково), Tver (Тверь) or Klin (Клин) stop at Novopodrezkovo. There is a small kiosk at the market which sells tea and snacks. In total you could easily visit the market within 3 hours.
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