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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

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Address: Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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If you're in the market for tacky souvenirs, stroll down this...

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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good area for a local souvenirs….

Went one day in the morning, store open at 10am….lots of good places for a good hearty breakfast….they even have a Starbucks…..great place to buy your local souvenirs…make sure to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alex A
New York

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went one day in the morning, store open at 10am….lots of good places for a good hearty breakfast….they even have a Starbucks…..great place to buy your local souvenirs…make sure to check a couple of store before you make your final purchase…..

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of the Arbats, I prefer wider Noviy- by miles. I enjoyed walking in New Arbat, but not Old Arbat. I find leafleters really irritating, and there are more on Old Arbat than I saw in the rest of the city combined. I only went back to stop by Aromatniy Mir to get booze, and even that quick trip was a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just tourist shops, nothing authentic. Listen to others who warn you away. I had read about it in a guide book so we went but I was immediately sorry. Also watch for pick pockets and other scammers. What a disappointment. Better to see yet another church or ask a tour guide for an authentic neighborhood to stroll through. The street... More 

Thank Pamela F
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had real bad experience there as I ran into this bad guy in a cartoon's costume. When I was about to enter Abat street, this guy came to me and asked me to shake hand and took picture with him using my cell phone and I did that thinking it was a normal welcome for tourists that I experienced... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to hold on to your purse or belongings tightly. We encountered a very aggressive man who wanted money from us, as dozens of people walked past, carefully not looking. (Happy ending, though.) Most of the shops sell the exact same t-shirts glorifying Putin, or the cheap Chinese-made matryushka dolls, or the fake naval hats. Few will haggle on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We came here twice during the course of our stay in Moscow, once with our guide and once without. It was decently crowded, but not terribly overwhelming. Our guide suggested a fast food place here called Teremok, a Russian McDonalds, if you will, and it was easily one of the best culinary experiences we had in the city. The shops... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

A place for walk and feel European-Russian Building style. Souvenir shop scattered around area (a bit upper price than Izmailovsky) Fountain are and Pushkin house exhibits with his statue. Hard Rock café restaurant located at end of street.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Great walking street straight to the Kremlin that is lined with shops and restaurants. I wouldn't buy any souvenirs here though.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Pedestrian street with all sorts of stores and restaurants. As foreign tourists, we found it difficult to look for a restaurant to eat here as most are local restaurants. As for the stores, prices of their souvenirs are relatively high compared to the Izmailovsky market. We didn't buy anything here. Despite these, it's still a good walk to experience one... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A very popular street in Moscow, full of tourists. Lots of shops and restaurants there, but again more or less fro tourists only,.. I prefer other strets in Moscow as Kamergersky or Stoleshnikov if I want to walk,...

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