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Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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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.
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Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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"souvenir shops"
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"pedestrian street"
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"street musicians"
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"great street"
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"historical centre"
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"russian dolls"
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"pleasant walk"
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"stroll"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well...it's a part of history of Moscow...check out Victor Tsoi wall just off Arbat, the grafittied wall of the hero of modern Russian music. They kept trying to paint it over and his fans kept painting it back. The rest of the street is strictly...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Via Moscow's justifiably famous subway, to Arbat Street, where a 19th century posh neighborhood is re-awakening from its 20th century neglect...attracting Muscovites for a week-end stroll, like Barcelona's Rambla. Street performers, Hari Krishnas, statues (some live!)....great kaleidoscope of the "Russian people". Ending up at the...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

A pedestrian street in the historical centre of Moscow. About one kilometre long. It dates back to the 15th century. So, it ranks as one of the oldest surviving streets of Moscow. It was rebuilt after Napoleon's occupation of Moscow. What about the 19th and...More

Thank Betty P
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Tons of artists on the street and a historic district that’s worth the walk down memory lane. There’s a good number of places for food, coffee, and to buy souvenirs.

Thank Sean S
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Simply put, this is one of Moscow's legacies. The bustling streets offer lots of places to eat, not to mention a look back at the olden days of Russia's capital. While it's obviously a huge tourist attraction, it still is nice to immerse yourself by...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

‘And strangers hanging out in my pet-shop’ – google for the translation of that song, it’s much less politically correct. The Moscow bard who was born into Arbat comes out in bronze from one of the lanes. I was still at school when this lovely...More

Thank MuscoviteVT
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

We had been to Old Arbat street in evening. People are terrific here… there is open music played on street and people love to dance in their own way… What a cheerful crowd, vibrant and energetic atmosphere…The entire street was busy with guitarist, magic show,...More

Thank Rupali J
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Great street to walk down. Lots of souvenir shops and lots of restaurants. There is Arbatskaya Metro too.

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

It is easy to spend an afternoon strolling the Old Arbat. The combination of higher end shops, street performers and appealing buildings help make an afternoon stroll through the Old Arbat pleasurable. It provides a pleasant reprieve from the grandiosity of many of the other...More

Thank Jim U
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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

I visited Old Arbat after Lotte department in Moscow on Saturday morning and i could see some street stores. You can find some food and suveniors with reasonable price as i did it. Have a fun!

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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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Take the Metro at Biblioteka Lenina and get off at Smolenskaya...you get to troll the entire Arbat street...all the best!
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