Old Arbat (Stary Arbat), Moscow

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#3 of 10 in Neighborhoods in Russia
An iconic walkway for visitors to the city, Old Arbat (Stary Arbat) represents one of Moscow's oldest streets and maintains some of its historical characteristics. With origins dating back to the 15th century, this cobblestone route has been used for hundreds of years and was converted into a pedestrian zone in the 1980s. Famous for its souvenir shops, it is also a popular place for bars, restaurants, artists, and street performers. If you enjoy tourist centers, need to pick up some gifts, or want to see an old surviving part of the capital, explore this busy street. Don't miss the charming statue of "bard" singer Bulat Okudzhava, whose song about Arbat is a Russian classic. To visit Old Arbat (Stary Arbat) and get the most from your holiday in Moscow, create itinerary details personal to you using our Moscow trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 19, 2017
    What a beautiful pedestrian street to walk around. Lots of souvenir stores, cafes, restaurants, historical buildings, Just enjoy walking around and absorbing the beautiful atmosphere  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Pedestrian street not far from red square, lots of street performers and small bands. Tourist shops and a huge choice of restaurants for all tastes.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Boutiques selling just like the riff-raff of souvenir shops and franchise restaurants, same as tourist destinations in other countries, the staff did not feel the freshness. Uncomfortable and enter the capacity, a souvenir shop and contrived as the fluent English with a smile glued and coming soon left the store. But I like this atmosphere, South-East Asia, if you don't mind. Image issue?
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