If you’re heading to Saransk specifically for one of the four 2018 FIFA World Cup matches at the Mordovia Arena, we’re going to guess that you aren’t too sure what a traditional souvenir from the area is. That’s where we come in (obviously), and we’re thrilled to inform you that the answer is sweets, and lots of them! Not just sweets of course, but the produce of the iconic Lamzur factory is only available within the republic, so be sure to pick some up to take away. Confectionary doesn’t come much sweeter.
Elsewhere, the distinct Mordovian culture makes for some interesting takes on the classics. The village of Urusovo is famous nationwide for its felt boots, and the Erzya people are as well-known for their artistic endeavours. Keep an eye out for dolls wearing traditional Mordovian attire, although you’ll be forgiven for stocking up on sweets and little else.