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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #116 of 1,527 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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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Arbat street was enough interesting but did not meet my expectation . I was following for a complete feeling of Russia and her culture but I never can say I found what I intended . any how Arbat is enough enjoyable for a walking at the evening , may be a dinner in a restaurant in the street , you... More

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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

In this street you can find Pushkin's house and his statue and lots of gift shops and restaurants. you can eat, you can see and you can buy.

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Moscow, Russia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The legendary street surprises you with old buildings saved in perfect condition, good musicians (those who are old, younger ones usually play, uhm, bad music), street dance performers and artists, lots of souvenir shops and restaurants from cheapest to most expensive ones. A "must visit" for every tourist.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

With all that old central planning, massive amounts of traffic, the noise, etc Arbat is a relief in the centre of Moscow. Yes it is kitsch but it is peaceful kitsch. Message to the Mayor of Moscow - make more havens like this and you will get more tourists - or at least get the current ones to stay longer.

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A historic area of old Moscow that was once home to artists, bohemians and the elite, Old Arbat has been restored to it's former self. A pedestrian only wide cobblestone street has it all...from street artists and booksellers to restaurants from the inexpensive to some great eateries...even a Hard Rock Café.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Loved this street in the old area of Moscow. It is certainly very touristy, lined with eating places and souvenir shops ... many selling nested 'Russian dolls' from China ...but still great fun. The day we were there was gloriously sunny and the street artists and artistes were out in force. Have your portrait painted, watch the jugglers or stand... More

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Stary Arbat provides blocks of pedestrian friendly enjoyment. This street is full of entertaining buskers, artists, shops and restaurants. Also, this is a great place to people watch.

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Albion, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We started at one end and walked to Red Square. Very enjoyable. Artists, shopping, restaurants and people watching all along the street

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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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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