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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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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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Shopping street

There are a street Of famous shopping place in Moscow.Nearby Red Square,the center of downtown.Thousand and hundred touring -foreigners visited there .Wood-made dolls attracted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there at 11:00 am Most shops were still closed. Only things open were souvenir shops. Hopefully at night it gets busier. Don't forget to use uber or gettaxi. The drivers don't speak English

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are a street Of famous shopping place in Moscow.Nearby Red Square,the center of downtown.Thousand and hundred touring -foreigners visited there .Wood-made dolls attracted customers to purchase.Artists paintd the painting,poets sing the poetry.Inside the shop salesmen sold their artworks,varying languages is available,Thanks.

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Singapore, Singapore
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old Arbat Street is accessible by Metro: Arbatskaya. There are many standalone stalls along the art street selling art pieces and the occasional violinist basker. There are numerous souvenir shops and cafes lining the street. My group had our lunch at Macdonald's.

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sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

It's advertised as a 'walking street' and it's just that. Not very nice shops mostly, some performing artists and many restaurants. However it's picturesque in some spots and makes a good walk whilst watching other people. Some nice photo opportunities before sunset.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

I first came here in 2003 and it was full of life and bustle - I fondly remember a trader trying to sell me a 'real' ex KGB hip flask but giving in when I noticed it said "made in sheffield' on the base in english! last few times I have been here it has been empty, lifeless and full... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Went one day in the morning, store open at 10am….lots of good places for a good hearty breakfast….they even have a Starbucks…..great place to buy your local souvenirs…make sure to check a couple of store before you make your final purchase…..

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Of the Arbats, I prefer wider Noviy- by miles. I enjoyed walking in New Arbat, but not Old Arbat. I find leafleters really irritating, and there are more on Old Arbat than I saw in the rest of the city combined. I only went back to stop by Aromatniy Mir to get booze, and even that quick trip was a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Just tourist shops, nothing authentic. Listen to others who warn you away. I had read about it in a guide book so we went but I was immediately sorry. Also watch for pick pockets and other scammers. What a disappointment. Better to see yet another church or ask a tour guide for an authentic neighborhood to stroll through. The street... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

I had real bad experience there as I ran into this bad guy in a cartoon's costume. When I was about to enter Abat street, this guy came to me and asked me to shake hand and took picture with him using my cell phone and I did that thinking it was a normal welcome for tourists that I experienced... More 

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Bennington, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Be sure to hold on to your purse or belongings tightly. We encountered a very aggressive man who wanted money from us, as dozens of people walked past, carefully not looking. (Happy ending, though.) Most of the shops sell the exact same t-shirts glorifying Putin, or the cheap Chinese-made matryushka dolls, or the fake naval hats. Few will haggle on... More 

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Crowds of tourists, both local and international take in Old Arbat and its modern and gigantic peer – New Arbat. One reason visitors keep coming is no doubt Konstantin Melnikov’s famous private house, now open to the public and worthy of a visit. After exploring one of the oldest parts of Moscow, avoid the crowds and turn to the side streets and boulevards where calmness and affordable food is plentiful.