Quite a bold statement, I'm aware. But I just think it might be. This place puts Dean & Deluca to shame.
Michael and I are the kind of travelers that go to see the sights, yes, but we also go and see things that other tourists may not. One of our favorite things, as designers, is to go to local supermarkets. We went to a few in Russia, but were more fascinated by the lurid colors of borscht and the wonder that is cyrillic typography than anything else.
Until we went to Eliseevskiy. This place is insane. It looks like a Tsar palace that they sell food in. Gone are the visions of Russians waiting in line for a loaf of bread. Oh no. Here they have mangosteens (we don't have those in the US yet!), fresh tamarind, even longans from Vietnam! Sure, you'll pay $80 for a small package of them, but hey, it's not the price, it's the fact that you can.
Photographs from http://eliseevskiy.ru/, because we were too scared of the Russians to take any photos.