Arbat street in Moscow
Arbat street in Moscow is a pedestrian street in the historical city center. The street dates from the 15th century and it’s one of the oldest streets in Moscow. It has been attracting craftsmen and artists since its early days. The Arbat district was once a prestigious living area in Moscow. Many houses belonged to the nobility and famous families such as the Tolstoys and the Pushkins. During the Soviet era, it was the home of many high-ranking government officials.
The street is a popular attraction for the tourists. There are a lot of statues including the statue of the Russian poet Bulat Okudzhava who wrote several songs about the Arbat. There are also many historical buildings such as the Pushkin Museum, the Church of the Savior in Peski and one of Stalin’s Seven Sisters, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square.
There are many bars, restaurants, and cafes. The options vary from Mc Donalds to ethnic restaurants. I recommend My-My restaurant for a fast, cheap and good quality Russian food.
The souvenirs are over-priced and of low quality. There are many artists selling their work, paintings, portraits, crafts and old books.
How to get there
To get there you can take the metro and get out in Arbatskaya station or Smolenskaya station. Each station is located in one end of the street.