Itinerary for the day:
– Late breakfast at Table Café
– Moscow Zoo
– Back to hotel to rest
– Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
– Shopping at Aviapark
– Dinner at Aviapark
Address: Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street, 1, Moskva, Russia, 123242
We walked past the zoo the day before and I really wanted to visit it and so le hubby decided to go with me the very next day.
There wasn’t anything that is extraordinarily spectacular but we had a great time watching the animals since Jon and I love animals a lot. We spent a lot of time watching a super adorable giraffe and some funny penguins though.
The weather was so cold but he just slept there like it’s summer! Cool leopard is cool. He looks a little chubby, too cute.
The white tiger who couldn’t stop parading up and down for the visitors.
The very cute penguin I was talking about. He had so many funny antics!
The weather was so cold and the wind was so strong, it was actually a bad day to stay outdoors. Had to grab hot drinks to warm ourselves up every now and then. But the coffee tasted really terrible.
Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
If you want to relive the ’70s and ’80s of the Soviet era, head to the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games to play with fully functional vintage arcade machines that were salvaged by the museum owners.
The museum offers visitors a peek into the political history of that bygone era, where all the games were manufactured in military factories. It was a time where fantasy games where forbidden, and games that helped to trained real-life skills were encouraged. All the games had to be aligned to the Soviet’s ideology at that time.
Located at just a short walk from the Red Square area, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games sits in the midst of an open-air shopping street surrounded by shops and restaurants.
Upon registering at the counter, we were given a matchbox filled with little 15-Kopeck coins to play the arcade games. Of course, don’t expect the modern day kind of games we are used to, these are some real vintage, old school games for us to relive the ’70s and ’80s.
Two levels of fun.
Trying my hands on the shooting game but I was so bad at it.
Watch the video by National Geographic to get a better picture of the place.
Right at the entrance, there is this corner that sells Soviet Russian sneakers DVA MYACHA. I love anything with a story to tell and since we love the designs too, Jon and I each bought a pair.
I bought this 1969 model and I love the blue so much. I put them on the very next day.
And Jon bought the white, low-cut pair from the ’70s.
We weren’t exactly sure where to go so we went to the huge mall called Aviapark near our hotel for shopping and dinner. I thought I wouldn’t be able to shop very much in Russia due to my mini Asian frame but I was so wrong. If my luggage space permitted, I think I would have shopped double or triple the amount haha. It’s a very nice place to shop and there’s a shuttle bus at the train station to an fro the mall.
Didn’t this remind you of the aquarium in the middle of Wisma Atria in the past?
We found a very good restaurant on the top floor of the mall for our dinner and you can read about it here.
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 1) – Moscow Travel Tips
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 2) – Moscow 6-Day Itinerary
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 3) – Cafes and Restaurants We Visited in Moscow
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 4) – Petroff Palace Hotel Review
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 5) – Day 1 Red Square, Kremlin, St Basil Cathedral, GUM department store, The State Historical Museum, Okhotny Ryad shopping centre
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 7) – Day 2 Airbnb Experience, Pushkin Square
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 8) – Day 4
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 9) – Day 5
- Moscow, Russia Travel Blog (Part 10) – Day 6