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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 cobblestone...

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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Strolling between old city center

Old Arbat received a new look. The old houses are mostly renovated, the street is clean and free from the annoying tourist traps stalls present in the past. Tourist shops are stil... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old Arbat received a new look. The old houses are mostly renovated, the street is clean and free from the annoying tourist traps stalls present in the past. Tourist shops are stil in abundance and not cheap, restaurants and coffee shops plenty and with fair quality food and prices. A street to do and from there the walk to the... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lie a Montmartre in Paris, you have artists, painters, souvenirs, cafes here. Very crowded, a lot of tourists. Worth coming 1 time.

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Heraklion, Greece
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

just a road with alot of shops to buy souvenirs! i didn t found anything else to attract me there! a lot of tourists and a lot of souvenirs even if i preffer to look for souvenirs at bazaars and not in shops! was lucky that there was a bazaar at a building there that you could find a lot... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

There are several souvenir shops, which are worth taking the time. I bought a watercolor from little shop ‘Mir Souvenirov’ at the beginning of the street. Then I was invited by a woman in Russian folk costume and I found a large souvenir shop where individual stalls had wonderful pieces. I bought two stones - Charoite and rock crystal, and... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Not worth to visit. One road full of souvenir boutiques and coffee chains like dounkin dounughts, hard rock cafe , mc donalds and other chains. Disappointing

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

It's a good place to just take a walk to browse the souvenirs. There's also a lot of restaurants. Find the place a bit too touristy though.

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Overpriced cafes, chain outlets; nothing old or real about this place at all. A very boring walk in the cold if you need it. Better to go for a walk near the river somewhere

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

If you aim to shop, this is not the place. Good ambience, mainly for photographs, hanging out, walking hand-in-hand, especially in winter. There are some decent souvenir shops, but those are available at the Izmailovo market as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

A nice street of memories of old Moscow; every stop of it is memorable and nice to see. Pushkin house is in the middle of the street which is a must seen museum.

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

This review coming from a local. I don't know why foreign guides keep including this street in Moscow's top attractions (probably lack of expertise), the city now has dozens of much better pedestrian streets. You wil find overpriced souvenir stalls, so-so restaurants and fast food, mostly crappy artwork and tons of annoying costumed people trying to rip you off in... More 

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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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