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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #106 of 1,405 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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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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UK
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94 reviews 94 reviews
27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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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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