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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
Fee: No

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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This lovely pedestrian street is full of art, entertainment, and restaurants. Crowded in the evenings and close to the metro

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jennefer N
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This lovely pedestrian street is full of art, entertainment, and restaurants. Crowded in the evenings and close to the metro

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Old Arbat is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. There's a ton of history on this little street (which is primarily pedestrian), so be sure to read up on it before you go. My favorite point of interest is the building that boasts Pushkin's apartment, near the west end of the street. This place can be a tourist trap... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Out tour group left us at the Arbat to dine and shop. We saw that many items for sale were made in China. There were many shops with Chinese tourists. A major disappointment was in shopping products. We were not impressed by quality and felt we were in a tourist trap. We just bought two Russian matryoshka dolls for souvenirs.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is full of restaurants and souvenir shops. I went on a Saturday and it was full of entertainers and was lively. Everyone was enjoying themselves. There are p, enty of seats alomg the way to people watch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just restaurants after restaurants on this street. We picked one at random, and they didn't have an English menu. Which made me think, "Yes, they are not a tourist trap." There seems to be a lot of small shops and galleries in the area as well, though I did not explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are a variety of bars and restaurants on this street . Portrait by painter artist. Traditional crafts and Russia . Interesting streets and scenic paths .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A pedestrian walkway not far from Red Square with cafes ( Hard Rock cafe is there ), restaurants, souvenir shops. In the evenings you can see different artists: painters, painters, jogglers. Pushkin's House is in the street as well as his statue with his beautiful wife.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

Though this was my 20th trip to Russia I had never been to Arbat Street. When my friend found that out - she said I had to go. We ate a resturant specializing in "dumplings." It was very nice and priced right. I found lots of shopping - with a different variety than Izmilovo. Very lovely and good places to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

I stayed in a hostel on this street and don't regret a minute of it! It's safe, very clean, and animated with street performances everywhere. The restaurants have English menus and pretty much every place you go into has great food. It can get a bit expensive but personally it was worth it for me. Don't forget to visit the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

Walked the entire length of this street. 90% junky souvenir shops and cheap cafes. There was one very hard to find women's clothing collective - Russian designers - but the little shops are up a flight of stairs and the rooms were so hot in August - just a little fan in the corner. It made it difficult to shop... 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.