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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #153 of 1,567 Attractions in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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 souvenir stalls, performing artists and outdoor cafes.

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Dresden, Germany
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Sad and scary, full of muggers, fake "attractions" made specially for tourists. Restaurants are expensive and made for mass tourism ... Boooooring

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed strolling through the more than 1km long of eateries and souvenir shops splashed on both sides of the street. This is one of the oldest roads in the city. The street was made into a pedestrian only thoroughfare in the 1980's and gained momentum as a tourist attraction embracing artists of all kinds to both... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Old Arbat is a lively street with cafes, bars and restaurants and lots of souvenir shops. There are also street performers, artists making portraits (you can get one done of yourself), magicians etc all over the street. its a nice place to spend an evening. We lived very close by on our trip to Moscow, so ended up eating here... More

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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

A nice stroll down a pedestrianised street but overwhelmed by tourist shops selling Russian Dolls. Could have been Disneyland selling Mickey Mouse rather than the Russian Dolls. Cafés and restaurants were all geared up for passing tourist trade. Difficult to make an educated guess as to which one may be worthwhile. When the sun is out worth a beer at... More

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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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