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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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  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Arbat Ulitsa | Arbatskaya Metro, Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed yesterday

This area is famous for its large range of shops, where you can literally find anything from antiques to tacky mementos, books, clothes and so on, interspersed with bars and cafes

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice light hearted street with cafes and shopping. Relaxing atmosphere. Lots of tourists and buskers. Nice walk through the street.

Thank meero26
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you read the book, you have to feel the nostalgia of Arbat Street, not the USSR times any more but still you can transport to that era again

Reviewed 1 week ago

A very long street converted to a mall. Plenty of restaurants and buskers. Lots of people living life. Plenty of people watching to be done. Well enjoyed it and would go back.

Thank Stevo58
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stary Arbat is the old shopping street in Moscow where there are many shops in selling souvenirs, dommodities and food there. Tourists can shop here and stroll along the street at leisure and to take photos on the scenic sites as well. The street is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a cute and interesting street, with lots of local merchants and small cafe's. Crowd is friendly and food cheaper then the Kremlin and less crowded.

Thank 73duster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not far from Red Square, about 15 min walk. Street is closed off to vehicular traffic. Many restaurants, souvenir shops, artists and musicians. Not as upscale as GUM @ Red Square but well worth a visit if you have an hour or two.

Thank Patman2108
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's just for a sense of history that one would visit Old Arbat because it's now filled mostly with stores selling cheap souvenirs. Don't buy any here, as there are many places to get genuine, handmade Russian souvenirs.

Thank Diane H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It looks like a fast food type restaurant, however the quality of the food is amazing. Staff are great too. If you are in Moscow call in and if it is a beautiful evening go upstairs a enjoy the terrace.

Thank StuDubai
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit street in Moscow. It's full of sovereign shops, restaurants, pubs etc. I loved to explore and shop while walking in the street, it's full of crowd and looks happening through out the day.

Thank vikram_narang
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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12 March 2015|
Response from Richard L | Reviewed this property |
Take the Metro at Biblioteka Lenina and get off at Smolenskaya...you get to troll the entire Arbat street...all the best!