Saint Petersburg has had many good reasons to attract travelers since a long time ago. As Leningrad it already was a major spot in the now-extinct Soviet Union. Many visitors used to reach the city to take a look at the Soviet lifestyle, and even nowadays, with more attractions than ever, that curiosity keep attracting tourists.
If you feel such an interest, Saint Petersburg has plenty of historical places and neighborhoods from the soviet era, but between plaques and monuments, I like to spend some time at the Museum of Soviet Arcades, a peculiar and different view to the Soviet world.
The Museum is located in a inner yard with an industrial look, next to the central Griboyedov canal, meters away from the traditional silhouette of the Spilled Blood church. The 2 floors of the museum are full of different kind of machines, some of them supporting up to 4 players, where we can “hunt ducks”, run car races, simulate navy battles and play sports as we are traveling back in time with the graphics and designs of these machines.
I also come to play ping pong (here there are even tournaments on the weekends) or just to have a coffee while the sounds and music from decades ago repeats itself once more, filling the ambience, and the kids and adults are spending their game coins.