Moscow’s Quirky Vending Machines

I apologize for the delay, as I just returned from traveling around St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia.  Hint: for those in the US, the visa application isn’t so taxing…if you get someone else to do it for you.

Though (loosely defined) Russian points of interest will make future appearances on BuildingMyBento, most fresh in my memory now is the unexpected amusement found in the form of vending machines at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO).  Here I thought Japan – and Florida? – already had cornered the market on this stuff.

Without further ado, let’s take a gander at a few surprising – and one not so surprising – souvenirs:

Moscow, Russia - Putin T-Shirt Vending Machine

Now you too can own a t-shirt of President Putin wearing shades.  Or a hat.  Or neither.  Not to mention, why isn’t Patriot Box written in Russian too?  Because locals.  Already.  Know.

Moscow, Russia - Contact Lense Vending Machine

A contact lense vending machine.  Stick your eye into that little slot in the lower right…no, that’s not it.  So then, was this purpose-built with one person in mind?  Yeah, if I had my own vending machine in public, it would probably sell pillows.  Or pancakes.

Moscow, Russia - Japanese Vending Machine

This is a neat idea–a vending machine selling only Japanese products.  When I bought a bottle of green tea from this one, it uttered “有り難う御座います” (arigatou gozaimasu/thank you).  Although this was the only photo of the four not taken at Sheremetyevo, that airport did have its own too.

DyDo, I think I’m going to write to you to introduce this concept to NY.

Moscow, Russia - Caviar Vending Machine

Food.  Well, to me at least.  This is what you were expecting to find in Russia, right…a caviar vending machine?

Even with the currently agreeable exchange rate, I still didn’t dive in to a jar of икра (ee-kra).  Guess I’ll have to settle for the fake stuff for now.

Which of these products, if any, appeals most to you?  Seen any vending machines in Moscow that should be added to the list?



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10 Responses to Moscow’s Quirky Vending Machines

  1. Sergeiy says:

    i found this facile

  2. Alex says:

    Hello from Russia! Thank you for visit my country! I think it was enjoyed you. When I read this. I understand now new word here is quirky.

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  4. How have we not got a Japanese vending machine in London?! There would be a queue!!

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