That’s one of the regular question. I’d try Olesya who is better oriented in these things. boxoffice.bolshoi.org has been recommended but I have no personal experience with it. Attempted going to Bolshoi once in 1993, was turned off by matreshka dolls in the lobby. I could tell you more about my Bolshoi related experiences and impressions but as it is now I think this project suffers from lack of balance and proportion between information you travellers need and my views that I try to inflict on humanity so I’ll shut up but if you think I’m just an old grouch google Bolshoi+scandals+acid to see what sort of a place you want to support by paying for these silly $400 tickets.
Here is what you’ll find in the Fish Market near my apartment that’s available for short-term rent for a very reasonable price:
- Fish and caviar.
- Tea, coffee, chocolate.
- Fruits and vegetables.
- Shoe repair (but see other posts on the subject).
- Home hardware.
- Dry cleaners.
- Clothing repair.
- Air and train tickets.
And this Fish Market is just one of several clusters and a multitude of free-standing stores, shops, and service providers in Zamoskvorechye. Of all the neighbourhoods I think it is Zamoskvorechye that has the most developed and intense infrastructure to take care of traveller’s everyday needs.