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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

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Address: Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: If you're in the market for tacky souvenirs, stroll down this cobblestone...
If you're in the market for tacky souvenirs, stroll down this cobblestone street, which retains elements of its once elegant past, but is now mostly souvenir stalls, performing artists and outdoor cafes.
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some good buys for touristy stuff

Part of organised personal days out in Moscow. We had Alexie a local guide show us around each morning and then let us loose to our own devices. The shops and activity in Arbat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Arbat Street is pedestrian street closed to cars, with many souvenir shops and rather expensive restaurants. There are also some street performers and some historical buildings like home of Russian poet Pushkin. Be sure to haggle the price.

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A place to buy overpriced touristy junk and spend too much money to eat. Worth a look, but I suggest VDNK for matrisoshki (nesting dolls).

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Part of organised personal days out in Moscow. We had Alexie a local guide show us around each morning and then let us loose to our own devices. The shops and activity in Arbat were great and able to buy lots of touristy presents at reasonable prices with Alexies contacts. Bought some terrific propaganda posters from Cold War days and... More 

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Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

To the west of the Kremlin triangle, about 10 minutes or so walk, is Arbat Street (known as Old Arbat), its worth a walk as you'll see one or two other points of interest on the way, such as Moscow's first cinema. Old Arbat is a car-free plaza interrupted in the middle by a cross-road. In it you will find... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

If someone has time to spend,it might be a good idea to visit Arbat to have a beer.It 's nothing special.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I really enjoyed walking down the Old Arbat, sitting in a cute café and watch all the interesting people passing by. Street musicians, shops, cafés.. Great.

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Ankara, Turkey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It was very expensive and crowded when we visited the street. There is not much to do or to see, it's just a street.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A beautiful street to take a walk. Must see in Moscow. The street is full of cafes and shops where you can get souvenirs.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

a walking street lined with cafes and caricature artists.... From what I had heard this was one of the more lively spots in town but unfortunately doesn't have much character at present...better places to see in Moscow

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

On the weekend Moskovits like to come here in the afternoon to take a cafe, look at artists and meet friends. A nice walk.

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