New “Back to the USSR” cafe in Kandalaksha

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 opened in Kandalaksha

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 sushi joint in Kandalaksha

sushi-bar-kandalakshaA 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

Yet to be visited in person.

Alcoholic’s dream come true

watering-holeAt last! Now booze can be bought in Kandalaksha around the clock. A vodka store operating under the banner of a “cafe”, to which no time restrictions apply, just opened by the Malahit Shopping Center (Pervomayskaya ulitsa 59). A small sign on the store says it is open 24 hours.

A new pattern breaking waterfront restaurant

This is the waterfront view we are so used to..sea-front-kandalakshasea-front-kandalaksha-3

All of a sudden at the east end of this rotten row there pops up a new Yacht Club restaurant:

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May 23 ban on the sale of alcohol

sobrietyYou won’t be able to buy any type of booze, including beer, the whole of May 23, 2015 because it’s the “end of school” day.

Stock up, or get ready to spend the day unanesthetized.

Water quality in Kandalaksha district said to be OK 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.

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A new cafe discovered in Kandalaksha

nivaniva-menuOn 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.

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What to see/do if you are staying in Kandalaksha for 1-3 days

kandalakshaHere is a summary of attractions that await a hurried traveller through our town.

The classics: museums and souvenirs

For nature lovers

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