The State Department Store

The State Department Store, Ulaanbaatar: Hours, Address, The State Department Store Reviews: 4/5

The State Department Store
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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147 reviews
Very good

Chatan-cho, Japan1,025 contributions
Lots of shopping
Jan 2020 • Solo
There’s a bit for everyone here. A large supermarket on the ground floor. Money exchange and beauty products too. Clothes for all occasions. Souvenirs as well. There’s everyday items like electronics, furniture and kitchenware. A book shop and a food court.
It was busy with locals and expats whenever I was there.
Written 15 February 2020
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Moreno Valley, CA265 contributions
Shop till you drop
Nov 2019
If you visit Mongolia you must go to the State Department Store to shop. The store was opened in 1921 as a store based on the concept of GUM (The Soviet version of a State Department Store located in Moscow). Over the decades, the Mongolian version attempted to operated as a model retail enterprise for consumers throughout Mongolia regardless of class, gender, and ethnicity. This concept continued from 1921 until 1991, when Mongolia finally broke free of Soviet control. A new era emerged for the Mongolian State Department Store. Commercialism. Today, The State Department Store, known as ikh delguur (big shop), is a modern shopping center that's the largest and reportedly the most luxurious store in Mongolia. It has become a local institution and a tourist attraction in itself. Here the best products from around the world are on displayed in this 7 story building. The store features a variety of world top international brands and local products such as cashmere and camel leather clothing. You'll also find a number of services like goldsmiths, jewelry shops, seamstresses, beauty parlors, laundries and dry cleaning shops (first floor). Quality cashmere clothing (2nd floor), Clothing (3rd floor): Erdenet carpets and Children's toys (4th floor); electronics and home appliances (5th floor) and a wide range of souvenirs, traditional clothing and books about Mongolia (6th floor). It is reported that the souvenir department has in excess of half million different items on display. There is a diverse and affordable food court, serving Asian and Mongolian cuisine located on the 7th floor. Excellent food. Several fast food shops (Pizza Hut, Burger King and a Coffee and pastry shop are located on the first floor as well as modern supermarket. It should be noted that most of the staff speak some English and will attempt to assist with your purchases. However when you get to the 6th floor, the sales staff comes across with I don't want to be bothered with you attitude. During my several visits to this Store in November 2019 the entire store was decked out in Christmas decorations and there is a large Christmas tree in front of the store. This is a must visit site to purchase different items and observe a remarkable store. To see the entire store from 1st floor to the 7th floor, I suggest spending 3-4 hours. It is a great experience.
Written 8 December 2019
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia37 contributions
This store has everything!
Oct 2019
I finally visited the State Department Store. It has 5 floors, the first floor is groceries. I did not check it out this time, but it looked huge, so probably has stuff you can't get in the smaller stores.
The other floors have clothes, shoes, housewares, electronics, everything you expect from a department store. They have cashmere stuff, but for the really high quality go to the Gobi store. If you just want something cashmere and of ok quality you can buy scarves and other things there that are much less expensive.
The top floor has the souvenirs. They have a ton of stuff, I got sensory shutdown trying to see it all. I will have to go back to get some more things. You can buy very small portable souvenirs like spoons, key chains magnets, etc. Medium size things like dolls and mugs.Then they have a big leather section, Mongolia has superior leather goods. They have a lot of slippers in leather, but I wanted felt slippers. They had some but not nearly as many as the leather ones. I ended up buying my slippers from a different store which I have also reviewed. They have a lovely section of furs, traditional Mongol and Russian fur hats etc. Not cheap!
They have some traditional jewelry and clothing, hand painted leather pictures, Chinggis Khaan is a well used motif in souvenirs. I will go back and look for specific things next time as I was so overwhelmed I forgot a few things.

An all-inclusive store for one-stop-shopping if you don't have much time, or don't want to shop at multiple stores.
Written 3 November 2019
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Dublin, Ireland215 contributions
Well worth visiting
Sep 2019
There is a great selection of Mongolian produce on display and this place is a real one stop shop where all essentials (and luxuries) can be picked up. The supermarket has a great selection of produce - we found it perfect for Mongolian chocolate and sweets. Most of a floor was given over to a good range of reasonably priced cashmere and there is also a floor given over to Mongolian souvenirs. I'd say this is an essential spot to visit if your time in Mongolia is limited and you want to obtain some keepsakes.
Written 31 October 2019
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Bangkok, Thailand2,816 contributions
Good for shopping if in a rush!
Jul 2019
You can find pretty much anything you want or need at the huge State Department Store on Peace Avenue. The sixth floor is the place to head for incredible selection of Mongolian handicrafts, arts, and other products. Second floor is cashmere center. Most prices are fixed, but I've found that if you are buying something a bit more expensive and you talk respectfully to the sales clerks, you might get a discount. There is an excellent grocery store on the ground floor in the back, with huge selection.
Written 15 October 2019
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Singapore155 contributions
Sep 2019 • Business
Good place to stop over to have an overview if what's available and prices to compare later.
Came here to exchange local ccy and buy a sim card as well as buy lip balm urgently.
Written 26 September 2019
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Alameda, CA180 contributions
Good selection of cashmere products
Sep 2019 • Solo
They have good selection of cashmere products. Their system is to give you shall price written in paper, they pay at the cashier and come back to pick up the items. Most of them speak basic English. Bathroom is on the third floor.
Written 15 September 2019
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Nairobi, Kenya396 contributions
Good selection and convenient hours
Aug 2019
I was Ulaanbaatar for business and had a few hours to spare the Sunday before my conference and on one of the evenings of the week, so I visited this store twice.

The place is huge, with a supermarket on the ground floor, cashmere items on the second floor, and a huge selection of souvenirs on the top floor. The store is open until 10 pm and is therefore a good choice for someone who cannot get out till after office hours.

The top floor has all manner of souvenirs. You'll have to be quite patient though to go through piles, especially if you are visiting the store at the end of the day. The second floor has a good selection of cashmere clothing, but if you're looking for higher end products, then you may be better off going to the Gobi shop. The supermarket is a good place to get some Mongolian chocolates (I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Golden Gobi) and vodka.

If you prefer to shop in more serene surroundings, then head to Mary & Martha.
Written 2 September 2019
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Denver, Colorado209 contributions
East lunch here!
Aug 2019
My wife and I saw the ground floor restaurant and decided to have lunch. The food and service was quite good. They offer a range of cuisines and the coffee was nice and strong!
Written 12 August 2019
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Mary J
Poughkeepsie, NY433 contributions
Came for money exchange
Aug 2019 • Solo
This is a large store with name brand product counters, along with a restaurant, grocery store and gift shop. The exchange counter is efficient and gives a good rate. Later I came to the grocery store and was able to find things for an easy and light dinner. Good central location.
Written 4 August 2019
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