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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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Street of memories

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Tehran, Iran
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank JustLoveToFly
Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 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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Alexandria, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Arabat Street is a liberal shopping and cultural hub to reflect the Muscovite local culture. The dozens of restaurants and cafes offer endless options round the clock.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Pedestrian street with lots of cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops (if you are looking for cheap souvenirs, better go to any book store). There are only few interesting buildings, everything else is very touristy.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Excellent spot to get all the moscow souvenirs for the family and friends. Great place to walk and soak up the atmosphere, lots of cafes and restaurants

Thank 801stephen

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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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