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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Full of tourists and people wanting to draw your portrait. It's still one of my favorite places in Moscow, just for wandering around, people watching, and maybe buying an insanely priced piece of spray painted art (some of which is damn good, by the way). I like Arbat for its buildings, even though their ground floors are all taken up... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Nothing to see or to on this street. Not one nice shop or coffee place. Only tourist shops with Putin mugs and giant babushkas

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Raipur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Old Arbat (or Ul Arbat/ Stary Arbat) is a pedestrian Street in Moscow stretching for about one Kilometer from Arbatskaya Pl on the Boulevard Ring to Smolenskaya Pl on the Garden Ring. Arbat is derived from the Arabic word “arbad” which means suburb. In the early 1980s the street which saw busy traffic, was closed off and made into the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I stayed on Arbat Street and it was always a delight to come home at night to a street still alive. But it is a bit of a walk to a lot of tourist attractions, and walking tour meeting points were even further. When I first got here I thought I'd definitely do my souvenir shopping here but since visiting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is the only place where all foreigner tourist will be welcome here by those friendly staff with not only good english but mutlilingual. Good choices of cafe, restaurants, shops, street performances and souvenirs. Definitely a nice place to chill and hang out

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