Arbat Street, Moscow
Ulista Arbat is a pedestrian street that is more than a kilometre long. It is lined with clothing stores, restaurants, bars & cafes and of course souvenir shops.
There are also plenty of street entertainers and artists, along with pickpockets and the occasional dodgy looking person.
A great place for an afternoon stroll and a spot of window shopping.
Arbat Street is one of Moscow's most popular places for a short stroll. It's a pedestrian street which stretches between Arbatskya and Smolenskaya Square. The houses here a nicely renovated and some of them host museums and galleries. This is also the place to find all kinds of souvenirs.
When it comes to buying a souvenir of Moscow, the most popular choice seems to be a Gorby Doll, which is a twist on the popular Matrushka nested dolls. The quality varies tremendously, and so do the prices. A really fine example can have around 10 dolls and go all the way back as far as Ivan the Terrible. Popular figures to find in a set are Gorby, Yeltsin, Breznev, Krushchev, Lenin, Stalin, Catherine the Great, Peter the Great and Ivan the Terrible
Later examples of interesting Soviet architecture are usually marked by their impressive size and the semi-Modernist styles employed, such as the Novy Arbat project, designed by Mikhail Posokhin.
Long time ago this street was a face of soviet Moscow... Now days you could visit this place just if you need to spend lots of many for shopping and casino....
The first historical records of Arbat relate to the year of 1493, the street was mentioned in an account of a major city fire. Most probably, the street name originates from the Arabic world for “suburb”. In the 19th century Arbat turned to be a favourite neighbourhood for Moscow’s nobility and creative intelligentsia, it was believed to number one noble for every seven ordinary residents.
Nice walking street with lots of souveniers. Nice restaurants. Perfomances. Interesting characters.
Old Arbat- walk along this charming street, with its unique atmosphere. You'll see street vendors everywhere. They sell typical souvenirs, always at higher cost than in other places. You can always bargain though. Sit by a café and watch the people go by. Lovely.
New Arbat- a busy , yet pleasant street. There's a lot of shoarma stands in the street, where they make some delicious shoarma. Visit the Dom Knigi which is probably the biggest bookstore in Moscow.
This street is actually quite ugly. On one side it has a post office, an official MTS office (if you eg bought a MTS phone number and need turning on roaming etc) and the famous bookstore (Dom Knigi). In Dom Knigi use the right entrance go straight ahead and up the stairs, then turn left. Here you find all the maps and guide books (a fair few of them in English too, they have a selection of LP and Rough Guide too). On the ground floor you find a card section which sells a variety of postcards.
On the other side are shops and casinos and you can cut across to Old Arbat street.
Actually there are New Arbat and Stari Arbat, which are situated parallel to each other. Here's the picture od Stari Arbat, one of the most famous spots visited by tourists in the center of Moscow.
All sorts of souvenirs sell there. Also you can drop by one of the numerous cheap (or relatively cheap:D) cosy little restaurants or cafes:)
Come! You'll like its enchanting atmosphere!
Ulitsa Arbat is Moscow's most charming and lively pedestrian street. Once a bohemian quarter of the city, littered with cafes crammed full of the capital's intellectual elite, Ulitsa Arbat still retains a vibrant and artistic air today, with souvenir stalls selling traditional Russian gifts, artists offering original canvases and street performers entertaining the shoppers.
The street boasts an impressive selection of cafes, restaurants and bars, where you can sample everything from a decent cup of coffee and a French pastry, to a genuine Lebanese shawerma (kebab).
If you visit Ulitsa Arbat, you will normally start your walk from Arbatskaya ploschad, dominated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, one of the Seven Sisters in Stalinist Gothic architecture.
As I was strolling along Arbat Street on my recent trip to Moscow, I recognised from a distance a familiar figure dressed in lounge suit. Lo and behold, he was none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin.
No, he was not the real Vladimir Putin, but rather, his waxwork figure. For 100 roubles, I got to pose for a photograph with him.
Old Arbat (Russian: Старый Арбат, read: Stary Arbat) is famous old street in Moscow and in Russia in general. Arbat is Arabic word means suburb. It is about 20 minutes away from Kremlin.
Today, this long pedestrian street with many cafe bars, shops and street artists is, in my opinion, best place in the City to feel the authentic atmosphere. At least, it is hard to be boring here. I am enjoying to see creative side of modern metropolis.
To resume - this street has all - it is one of main landmarks of points of interest in city, it is historic walking areas and unique flea or street markets elements.
Its cobblestone pats give us, visitors, very nice feeling of authentic historic trips. It remind me on Skadarlija street in Belgrade (and I sure that many other country has his similar Bohemian street). And it would be interesting for me to discover this "kind" of street in every country that I visit.
This historic street to the west of the Kremlin is where Alexander Pushkin's former house can be found. A walk down the busy street will allow you to explore the range of stalls selling various souvenirs such as Matroshkay dolls, a huge variety of pictures, all kinds of military odds and ends including flying suits. If you can find the time, the street artists will also draw your portrait (I paid 300R in March 2003) and there is also the Western influence on show in the form of MacDonalds
Arbad street was the art center during the communist period .Russian Artists tried to sell thair hand made works to the few tourists who visit the city .After the prestroika this place become very popular place to spend some time with many cafes ,restaurants even Mc donalds !!!.Now parallel to this street you can visit also in the New Arbad street with modern looking shops and malls.
Arbat street is a very popular landmark for shoping. We found many strret vendors and stalls, souvenirs, restaurants...
I bought some matriushkas and the beautiful pink raincoat you can see at the pic. It started raining, and I prefered to look ridiculous than to get wet!!
At number 33, you can visit the house where Pushkin lived in 1831.
In the mid 80's Arbat became the first Moscow’s pedestrian street where cars are not allowed, the Old Arbat street. Over the years the street has developed into one of the most popular places in Moscow. In fact, this is a peculiar area of many small streets and lanes with beautiful 18-s and 19-s century mansions, museums, cafes and shops. You may meet here street artists or get into multiple smart clothes and souvenir shops, cafes, cultural centers, etc.