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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

Address: Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #9 of 211 Shopping & Fashion in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
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...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
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 souvenir stalls, performing artists and outdoor cafes.

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Kursk, Russia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

When yoou walk down this street you can feel the atmosphere of never-ending holiday. I was surprised at the price of souveniers which appaired to be quite reasonable.

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Moscow, Russia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Arbat Street was suggested by one of my Russian colleagues to visit. Arbat street is a long street, about a kilo meter. There are many restaurants and Shops on either side. There is a great Georgian place in front of an Indian Restaurant(Taj Mahal). Both of the them are great. There are many Souvenir shops in the street. All those... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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190 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A walk down this road is fun. Yes it's very touristy - got it's usual buskers and souvenir shops, but there's always a fun atmosphere. Only 15 mins walk from Red Square.

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Dresden, Germany
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Sad and scary, full of muggers, fake "attractions" made specially for tourists. Restaurants are expensive and made for mass tourism ... Boooooring

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Rooftops
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118 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed strolling through the more than 1km long of eateries and souvenir shops splashed on both sides of the street. This is one of the oldest roads in the city. The street was made into a pedestrian only thoroughfare in the 1980's and gained momentum as a tourist attraction embracing artists of all kinds to both... More 

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mumbai
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Old Arbat is a lively street with cafes, bars and restaurants and lots of souvenir shops. There are also street performers, artists making portraits (you can get one done of yourself), magicians etc all over the street. its a nice place to spend an evening. We lived very close by on our trip to Moscow, so ended up eating here... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

A nice stroll down a pedestrianised street but overwhelmed by tourist shops selling Russian Dolls. Could have been Disneyland selling Mickey Mouse rather than the Russian Dolls. Cafés and restaurants were all geared up for passing tourist trade. Difficult to make an educated guess as to which one may be worthwhile. When the sun is out worth a beer at... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Arbat street was enough interesting but did not meet my expectation . I was following for a complete feeling of Russia and her culture but I never can say I found what I intended . any how Arbat is enough enjoyable for a walking at the evening , may be a dinner in a restaurant in the street , you... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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