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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a walk one afternoon on Arbat street. There are tacky gift shops up and down the street. The prices were not any better than can be found at other locations. It makes for a nice walk, but definitely this is not a must...More

Thank TheMcLeanVAFive
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This street has little to commend it. A trap for tourists with lots of souvenir shops. No class. No atmosphere.

Thank Baldrobe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very center of Moscow and easy to get here from any location by metro or taxi or walk. A lot of beautiful Russian souvenirs shop, food stores. There are Hard Rock Cafe and Starbucks coffee, several nice restaurants. Really interesting to walk...More

Thank Andrey889
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The street is a typical walk only shopping street found in most european countries. There are shops for souvenirs, clothes, native products and restaurants. We ate at hard Rock café then took a long walk and shopped. There is a Building bazaar OF 3 three...More

2  Thank GeneP788
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been on weekday. There is a few shop opened and not many people on the street but I'm not sure how's it going on weekend.

Thank PantakanS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is very interesting place, so different from the most of Moscow's attractions. The pedestrian street full of bars, shops - everything vibrant and full of people (I have been to the place on sunny afternoon). If you add to this a dozens of street...More

2  Thank CoventryCrusader
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went through this street several time for shopping and cafe. Some are cheaper and some are expensive. But this street is not only for tourists. Very nice to walk here at late evening time

3  Thank Discover59892922509
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This pedestrian street is a walking way from Smolenskiy metro to Arbatskiy. And there are more than 20! different shops with Russian souvenirs. It was interesting for me that you can burgain in shops. Also many cafes to sit. Not overcrowded

2  Thank Dreamer35781081987
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This street is full of bars, cafes and shops. And it does not feel overcrowded. Honestly this is one of the best shopping area in Moscow.

2  Thank NorthStar62490951835
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice street to visit in Moscow . It’s located in the centre of the city and is very well connected with both bus and metro. You will see a lot of live performances here , good place to shop souvenirs and have street food...More

1  Thank Rahulsharma83
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Crowds of tourists, both local and international take
in Old Arbat and its modern and gigantic peer – New
Arbat. One reason visitors keep coming is no doubt
Konstantin Melnikov’s famous private house, now open
to the public and worthy of a visit. After exploring
one of the oldest parts of Moscow, avoid the crowds
and turn to the side streets and boulevards where
calmness and affordable food is plentiful.
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Mew T
October 5, 2018|
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Response from waqaspai | Reviewed this property |
its almost open 24 hours - but peak time is evening 6 pm - 1 am.
August 6, 2018|
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Response from Anisah M | Reviewed this property |
The red square is your best bet,, amazing at night and full with people until after midnight, it feels very safe in general even late in the evening.
August 6, 2018|
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Response from Marie P | Reviewed this property |
Arbat Street has plenty of souvenir shops, but I recommend checking prices in all of them to get the best for each item you want.