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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #76 of 1,381 attractions in Moscow
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, Flea/ Street Markets
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Fethiye, Turkey
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141 reviews 141 reviews
80 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

this is a realy nice street ,very different atmnosphere ,you can also eat some resanoble food,but shops are bit expensive

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Helsinki, Finland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We really loved this street. It is one of the oldest and the most beautiful streets of Moscow. Every building and lane are full of history and Russian soul. We were lucky to be guided there, that's why we learned so much about the history and legends. Also we liked all that cafes and restaurants where you can try Russian... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

There's many different cafes, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and interesting statues/fountain on this street. It's great to take a walk down there even if you don't go into any places on the street, there's a great atmosphere on this street. There's artists, magicians and other street entertainers that really bring the street alive. It's always busy, especially in summer. They... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We loved walking down this street. Watched people walking around. Also visited souvenir shop, where we bought some presents for our friends and relatives. A guide told us about history of this district and also showed few lanes with amazing house and churches, which are usually hidden from the tourists. Wonderful street.

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Townsville, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This a strip/ pedestrian mall of about 3 blocks that was a mixture of western food options, tourist shops and a few 'Russian' things like a theater. It's a happy place with street performers and some artists but it is for the tourist dollar. One thing that did surprise me is that there are many shops selling the same tourist... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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110 reviews 110 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Nothing real special here from either a historic or tourist shopping perspective. Street performers are working the street, there are a variety of souvenir stalls and the like. If you're looking to buy something Izmailovsky Market is much better.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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67 reviews 67 reviews
56 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Old Arbat is a nice and lively street, full of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. We had a good time, bought some memorabilia (is you eant to get some souvenirs, this is the place) and had lunch at this wonderful soviet restaurant but I can´t remember the name. Nice place to visit!

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Hull, Yorkshire
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60 reviews 60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

My husband and I spent a good few hours wandering down here. Some tacky shops but some that sold some good memorabilia. A few bars and cafes to stop and have a drink in and a particularly wonderful soviet restaurant which we cannot remember the name of (it has apparently been mentioned in time out magazine). Well worth a visit... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We visited the Arbat on a sunny Sunday morning in October. I really couldn't see what was so special, Lots of tourist shops, various artwork for sale, but no real atmosphere. We just went off to the nearby attractions instead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

A great street that is incredibly lively in the evenings! There are also some very nice restaurants and cafes along here. But at night, when the street musicians pitch up, it's a really great place to people-watch and to take in the night!

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