Author: Michael Smeltzer

Calatch Cafeteria in Vladivostok

Calatch / Калач 59 Красного Знамени Проспект / 59 Krasnovo Znameni Prospekt Hours of Operation:  Mon – Sat – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Meals from $5 Calatch is a great, little cafeteria that serves traditional Russian dishes and is conveniently located across the street from the VSUES campus.  Most of the students will not […]

Grilletta Chinese Cafe in Vladivostok

Грильетта / Grilletta Ул. Светланская, 17 / 17 Svetlanskaya Street Hours of Operation:  Daily – 11:00 am – 12:00 am Meals from $8 (Business lunch specials from $3) Grilletta is a little Chinese café located in downtown Vladivostok, right next to the city’s Philharmonic.  The quality of food at Grilletta is comparable to Chinese cafes […]

“Fresh Fast Food” Cafe in Vladivostok

Fresh Fast Food Aleutskaya, 43 Hours of Operation:  Sun – Monday – 9:00 am – 12:00 am, Fri – Sat – Open 24 hours Meals from $4 Fresh Fast Food couldn’t be more appropriately named. The cafe is centrally located and seems to cater to both the on-the-move crowd, as well as to those just […]

Primorye State Picture Gallery in Vladivostok

Приморксая Государственная Картиная Галерея / Primorye State Picture Gallery Partizansky Prospekt, 12 Hours of Operation: Tue-Sun – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Cost: 200 rubles for adults,  100 rubles for children. From the street, the Primorye State Picture Gallery is hardly noticeable. But it is a classic example for not judging a book by its […]

Harbin Chinese Restaurant in Vladivostok

Харбин / Harbin ул. Алеутская, 45а Hours of Operation: Daily from 12:00 pm – 1:00 am Meals from $8 (Lunch specials from $2) Despite my Russian friends trying to dissuade me from eating at one of Vladivostok’s many Chinese restaurants, I decided to take a risk and visit a Chinese kitchen called Harbin.  I’d been […]

12 Cheap Theaters in Moscow

12 Cheap Theaters in Moscow including the Chekhov Art, Satiricon, Lenkom, and Sovremenik Theaters This information originally appeared in Russian on minimum-price.ru Translation provided by Michael Smeltzer Which Moscow theaters offer the lowest prices? Most people send their spare time on the couch in front of the television or at a movie theater, believing that […]

Gorky Drama Theater in Vladivostok

Gorky Primorsky Regional Academic Drama Theater Приморский краевой академический драматический театр имени Горького ул. Светланская, 49 Box Office Hours of Operation: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, break from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tickets cost between 200 and 1000 rubles depending on seat The Gorky Theater in Vladivostok will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in […]

Cheap Campus Eats in Vladivostok (Part 2)

“The Stand” 40 Gogolya Street / Ул. Гоголя, 40 (Directly across from the university) Hours of Operation:  10:00 am – 11:00 pm Price – $4-$8 For my second Cheap Campus Eats, I’ve chosen to write about my favorite little food stand in Vladivostok, which just so happens to be located directly across the street from […]

Cheap Campus Eats in Vladivostok (Part 1)

The Pink Panther Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service Hours Of Operation: M-Sa 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Meals starting at $4 While I’ve written about a variety of places to grab a cheap bite to eat around town, I have yet to mention the cheap eats located on or near the VSUES campus.  […]

Translating Mandelstam in Vladivostok

Translating Mandelstam Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service One of the things that I enjoy about the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service is how the Russian language department there is always trying to involve the international students in cultural events.  Whether it’s a weekend trip to an archeological dig site, or a […]

Svetalanskaya Stolovaya in Vladivstok

Stolovaya on Svetlanskaya Street ул. Светланская 21 Price: $5-$8 Hours of Operation: Daily from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m While my friends and family have been enjoying an unusually warm winter back in America, here in Vladivostok the weather has been as cold and windy as expected.  The café called simply Stolovaya, located on Svetlanskaya […]

New Year’s at Club BSB in Vladivostok

Club BSB Пр.Красного Знамени, 66 Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 pm – 5:00 am Cafe Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Entrance Fee: 500 rubles Table Reservation: 1000 rubles Every Russian person you meet will tell you that New Year’s is the biggest holiday in the country.  Unfortunately, […]

Satisfied Dragon Cafeteria in Vladivostok

The Satisfied Dragon / Сытый Горыныч ул.Адмирала Фокина, 4а Hours of Operation:  Monday –Friday – 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Saturday – Sunday – 11:00 am – 12:00 am Meals from $5 The Satisfied Dragon, or Сытый Горыныч, is a local chain of cafeteria-style cafes here in Vladivostok.  With three different locations in Vladivostok, the […]

Jazz Festival in Vladivostok

VIII Международный джазовый фестиваль / VIII International Jazz Festival  Приморская Краевая Филармония / Primorskyi Krai Philharmonic Светланская ул., 15 / Svetlanskaya Street, 15    Tickets: 300 – 3000 Rubles As a former trombone player who has dabbled in a little jazz over the years, I was excited to hear that Vladivostok holds a yearly International […]

Pizza Land in Vladivostok

Pizza Land ул. Фонтанная, 35  Hours of Operation: Daily from 10am – 10pm Price: $7-$10 A tasty, cheap place for pizza in Vladivostok is the appropriately named Pizza Land. It’s located downtown, a few blocks from the Semyonovskaya bus stop. Pizza Land does have some expensive items on its menu, but if you can resist […]

KVN Primorsky League Final in Vladivostok

Приморский КВН Финал / Primorsky KVN Final Fesco Hall, Vladivostok  Verkhneportovaya Street, 38 Cost: 200 per ticket I was lucky enough to get invited to this cultural event by my Russian friend, Lena, who had acquired some tickets through work. Like most Americans, I assume, I had never heard of КВН and all I knew […]

Oki Doki Pizza in Vladivostok

Оки Доки / Oki Doki (Pizzeria and Russian Café) Алеутская, 11  Pizza for 208 Rubles There are quite a few pizza places sprawled about Vladivostok. You’ve got Pizza land, Pizza Bar, Pizza Mia, etc. But, in general, most places are going to charge you upwards of 350 rubles (around 11 dollars) for a medium pizza. […]

International Jazz Festival in Vladivostok

VIII Международный джазовый фестиваль / VIII International Jazz Festival  Приморская Краевая Филармония / Primorskyi Krai Philharmonic Светланская ул., 15 / Svetlanskaya Street, 15    Tickets: 300 – 3000 Rubles As a former trombone player who has dabbled in a little jazz over the years, I was excited to hear that Vladivostok holds a yearly International […]

Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov’s Speech in Vladivostok

Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov Visits VGUES While I wasn’t able to sit down with my family for a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal, I was treated to a certain Thanksgiving day surprise.  About a week before Thanksgiving, we Americans studying at VGUES were informed that Igor Shuvalov, a Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, was […]

Tochka Sushi in Vladivostok

Точка Суши  / Tochka Sushi  ул. Светланская, 4  Hours of Operation: Daily from 10:00 am – 12:00 am Price: $8-$12, Business Lunch for ~$8 Being from central Illinois, I don’t eat a whole lot of sushi. Yet, when I found out that I was going to be living in Vladivostok, with all of its eastern […]

Kofeika Cafeteria in Vladivostok

Кофейка / Kofeika Cafeteria / Coffee-Cocktail Bar Светланская ул., 23 Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours a day (круглосуточно) Price: $4-$8 (as low as 100 rubles for business lunch) Usually when I ask locals for advice concerning a cheap place to eat, they either tell me to cook for myself or point me to a […]

Republic Restaurant in Vladivostok

Republic Океанский проспект, 17  Hours of Operation: Sun – Mon – 10:00 am – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat – 10:00 am – 12:00 am Meals for ~$5-$8 It’s my first time in Vladivostok, so I wasn’t exactly sure what places to check out. Of those students living at VGUES, most typically prepare their own […]

Primorsky State Museum in Vladivostok

Приморский Государственный Объединенный Музей им. В.К. Арсеньева / Primorsky State Associated Museum of V.K. Arsenyev Светланская ул., 20 / Svetlanskaya Street, 20   Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday Cost: 100 Rubles (70 with student ID), plus another 100 to use a camera Walking around Vladivostok recently, I noticed an advertisement […]

Museum of Automotoantiquity in Vladivostok

Музей Автомотостарины / Museum of Automotoantiquity  ул. Сахалинская, 2А / Sakhalinskaya Street, 2A  Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday Cost: 50 Rubles I recently went to the Музей Автомотостарины, (The Museum of Antique Cars and Motorcycles). As I’m not exactly a car enthusiast, I was initially skeptical. However, the exhibition […]

Oh Wow Blini in Vladivostok

 Ух ты, блин / Oh Wow, Blin (Dang) 9 улица Адмирала Фокина Blini/Pancake House Meals for $5 – $8 The mere name of the restaurant, Ух ты, блин, was enough to get me interested in this place. Set on Admiral Fokina, Vladivostok’s major pedestrian shopping street, the restaurant stands out against the horde of clothing […]

Paleo Village in Vladivostok

Paleo Village  Near Nakhodka Village, 3 hours from Vladivostok Open from 10am to 6pm, Closed Mondays Entrance: 1000-1500 Rubles (not including transportation) Have you ever been curious about who lived in Russia’s Far East before the Russians? Well, the Paleo Village is just the place to learn about the ancient inhabitants of the Asia’s far […]

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