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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #95 of 1,386 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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