Arbat Street in Moscow is not quite like anywhere we had been before, yet it seems every town has somewhere similar. In Moscow, “The Arbat,” as it’s more commonly called, refers to the old Arbat Street where visitors find a kilometre long pedestrian-only road lined with souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants, artists, street performers, and a few random museums.
One of the oldest surviving streets in Moscow, the first recorded mentions of Arbat Street are from 1493. Today it is a perfect spot for people watching.
- Old Arbat Street is a tourist destination. Therefore, many “souvenirs” are over priced. However, most vendors are open to negotiation.
- “New Arbat” is home to many of Moscow’s rich and features some of Moscow’s most expensive restaurants and nightclubs. It is nearby, but a different location to old Arbat Street.
- We arrived via the Moscow Metro. Either the Smolenskaya (both blue lines) or Arbatskaya (both blue lines, from Dark Blue line, take west exit) station will get you to Arbat Street.
- Arbat Street is only 800 metres west of the Moscow Kremlin.
- We planned our days in Moscow with the Lonely Planet Moscow City Guide. If you prefer a tour, we have been impressed with Viator in other cities, and they offer several tours in Moscow.
- We stayed at the Moscow Marriot. Like most of the better hotels, they provided us with the sponsorship paperwork we need for our Russian tourist visa. Check prices and availability in Moscow at Booking.com.
We visited Moscow a few years ago, but like many of the photos we took, they somehow never made it onto Albom Adventures before now.
Does your town have an area like Arbat Street?
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