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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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Great for souvenirs

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Average pedestrian street with no special unusual attraction. Shops are selling same touristic elements.You can eat here and there. Could invest more to show some special of old Moscow or of Moscow at all. You can find same streets and even nicer in other places.

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Krakow, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place for a walk, to enjoy Moscow, to feel the city, have some food or drinks. Shopping is also possible, but a bit expensive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's a long street from Smolenskaya MTR station down to Arbatskaya MTR station. There are lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes along the street. Prices for souvenirs significantly vary from one shop to another. I bought some souvenirs in the exposition shop which offered different types of staff from Russian traditional honey-cakes up to fur coats at reasonable prices.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Reach there by evening and u can see both day view and night view. You have lot of restaurants. Lighting arrangements are amazing and good pictures can be taken in DSLR.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Old Arbat is clean and trendy are in Moscow. You will find shop but if you have been to other shopping district in countries like Japan, Singapore, New York this could be a bit of disappointment. But the building are really beautiful and walking area clean and neat.

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Kolkata, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

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.

Thank Vikrant J

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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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