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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

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Address: Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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

This street is famous for shopping Russian souvenirs besides enjoying a drink and / eat in numerous restaurants located on this pedestrian street. Great shopping experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Panaji, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Just an uninteresting pedestrian street, its a waste of time, there are much better ways to spend your time in Moscow!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This street is definitely worth a visit. A beautiful old street lined with reasonable priced souvenir shops and fantastic cafés! Try the french patisserie, a gorgeous, quaint little cafe which makes the most mouthwatering treats to enjoy with a coffee or real hot chocolate, menu in both English and Russia as well as waitresses which speak both languages. This street... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Overrated. Packed with overpriced souvenirshops with your usual dumm stuff, strangely a lot of Apoteka, restaurants and streetvendors of really very, very bad paintings. Save your breath for something else.

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Warsaw, Poland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Well, a nice street with many tourists but nothing really special. There are many streets like this in Eastern Europe, even in Moscow. Tchistyje Prudy, Marosiejka, Pokrovka, Myasnickaya or Nikolska in the neighbourhood provide same or nicer architekturę but more real life experience, not just bizzare guys in animal disguise and crowds of other guys molesting you to visit a... More 

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Panaji, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This street is famous for shopping Russian souvenirs besides enjoying a drink and / eat in numerous restaurants located on this pedestrian street. Great shopping experience.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Old Arbat (Russian: Старый Арбат, read: Stary Arbat) is famous old street in Moscow and in Russia in general. Arbat is Arabic word means suburb. It is about 20 minutes away from Kremlin. Today, this long pedestrian street with many cafe bars, shops and street artists is, in my opinion, best place in the City to feel the authentic atmosphere.... More 

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Beringen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Located near the city center this is the place to be souvenir hunting in Moscow. Had lunch in a nice Georgian restaurant nearby with great food and drinks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We have stayed at a hostel justvaround the Arbatskaya street. The street is like 15 minutes walk from the Kremlin and Red Square, so it is really very convenient. On this pedestrian street there are several places to eat, bars, galleries and shops. Good place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I know most people say this is a really touristy place (which it is,) but I really like it. Each time I have been in Moscow I make sure to take some time to visit Arbat street, sometimes even multiple times. It is a great place in the summer to sit down at a cafe and people watch. You will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This street made a lovely walk in the evenings and nights. I felt safe here. The street is lined with restaurants, souvenirs and has stalls scattered along the way which were worth a try. The souvenirs here were on the pricier side though compared to the market.

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