Gimalai Indian food store in St. Petersburg, Russia

Located just off Ploschad Vosstaniya behind the Oktyabrskaya Hotel, this tiny store is your first stop in St. Petersburg for Indian spices, pulses and sauces. Not only is the choice of ground spices greater than anywhere else in the city (and pretty much exhaustive for nearly all Indian cooking), but also available at half the price you pay for similar at St. Petersburg's high-end supermarkets. Gimalai also stocks groceries from elsewhere in Asia (including Kikkoman soy sauce sold by the half-litre), as well as Indian clothing, souvenirs, and cosmetics. Goods are imported direct from India by the expat owner of Gimalai, who is nearly always in the store and speaks perfect English.