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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #98 of 1,380 attractions in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Melbourne, Australia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We loved the Arbat area- Full of buskers in every type- Dancers, musicians, artists, poets and singers. Great place to eat ice cream eat out and really soak up the atmosphere!

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

First visited Old Arbat 15 years ago. Then it had an unique amostphere. Typically Russian. Now, like so many places around the world, it's been too cleansed which sadly extracts the reason we went there in the first place. Don't however miss it if you have time to spare. The artists we saw were of a high standard. We even... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Ubfortunately, this is not the same Arbat as 20 years ago. No musicians, no feeling of boheme and artists. There are some sellers of old books, some portrait masters who are tallented - the portrait is between 1000-2000 rubles. The buildings are beautiful, but the logos of shops cover their beauty. Shops with souvenirs dominate, some years ago the artist... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It is a nice street with plenty of eating options plus souvenir shops. Our hostel was close by but if you are staying further away, i wouldn't make a huge effort to come here

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Brasília
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51 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Very nice street for shopping souvenirs, seat in a restaurant, just a stroll or enjoy the performances that many artists present along the street everyday. Really pleasant.

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Toronto
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Long converted into tourist crap and some Pushkin kitsch. A few interesting buildings but there really is no reason to go here.. Melnikov house is nearby and there are a couple of Art Nouveau buildings worth seeing but nothing else.

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Suzhou, China
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

most places were under construction. can't see that it's a busy shopping street. stagnant, only a few cafes and sushi restaurant open.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Another must do in Moscow! People painting, playing musical instruments, jokers walking around, Some of the nicest restaurants, Pubs. This is one of the place that no one should missed while visiting Moscow!

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cairo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This is the main walking street in Moscow where a lot of shops and cafe it is very nice to go there all the morning and have. A lunch there , there is an old wall with drawing but no photos is allowed there

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

Went here with a moscow friend because the guidebooks told me it would be an historic neighboorhood with a nice atmosphere. It is probably historic, with some imagination you can picture what a great neighborhood it probably was.50.years ago. The buildings are still nice, but of the atmosphere there is nothing left. It is now a pedestrian street lined with... More

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