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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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Its a pedestrian stretch with cafes and souvenirs shops.. The cafe we dropped in served very good food, ummm don't remember the name.. Good place to change money, in Alfaa bank... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Vikrant J
Kolkata, India
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Kolkata, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Its a pedestrian stretch with cafes and souvenirs shops.. The cafe we dropped in served very good food, ummm don't remember the name.. Good place to change money, in Alfaa bank, right at the crossing or entrance to the street.. Good exchange rate. And the street to shop for souvenirs, tees etc.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A well known pedestrian mall lined with restaurants and souvenir stores. Not very interesting, Go if you must but it is a waste of time.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks 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 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

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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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

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 bubbles 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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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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