Local tap water will not kill you. At least not immediately. And if it does its destructive power will be in its taste rather than chemical content. It is a proven fact that tea and coffee taste better from water obtained from one of several springs around the city. Here is how it is done at the City Park on the left side of the Niva river..
The fashion for the Soviet style seems to have reached Kandalaksha. A poster advertising the opening of a new “Back to the USSR” cafe was recently noticed on the Kandalaksha VK group. The address is ulitsa Pervomayskaya 83A.
We’ll be checking it out soon.
A new hotel/hostel/cafe just opened 1 min. walk from the train station, in the building of Kandalaksha’s former bus station. The cheapest accommodation option, a bunk bed in a room shared by eight, is 550 roubles (just under $10) per night. more >>
A new and almost the only one, if we put aside sushi counters in two of the local Euroross supermarkets and the Greenwich cafe that used to advertise sushi, was noticed in Kandalaksha. It is on the side of the pedestrian overpass opposite to (south from) the train sation. The address is Komsomolskaya 32A, and their VK page is https://new.vk.com/bentokanda.
Yet to be visited in person.
Dates: Nov. 23 to Dec. 7.
Location: Hotel Belomorye, ulitsa Pervomayskaya 31.
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm.
All of a sudden at the east end of this rotten row there pops up a new Yacht Club restaurant:
Hibiny.com reports that Kandalaksha and area water is safe before it enters the distribution system, and if I correctly understood the story, it remains borderline acceptable when delivered to households through dirty rotten pipes.
Still, the official advice is to boil water before drinking it.
My own nose tends to be skeptical about this advice, and I recommend you get your water from one of several springs around the city.
On the second floor of the Niva movie theatre, ul. Pervomayskaya 32, around the square with a T-34 tank around which you’ll find the City Hall and the Belomorye hotel. A very short and basic menu. OK coffee and hot chocolate. Open Wedn. to Sunday noon to 9pm. Geared towards children, with a football board and a “labyrinth” avaialble for the kids, although somewhat overpriced (80 roubles per can) beer is offered to adults.