Visiting Old Arbat – less than one kilometer of Moscow – could be a comfortable final stop of the City Tour or a destination itself for a shot (1 hour) stroll along the first pedestrian street of Moscow.
Old Arbat used to be a part of the 15th century Moscow districts that in the late 18th century became the most aristocratic area of the city and was often described as the St Germaine of Moscow.
Muscovites used to say: “For money go to Zamoskvorechie, for a career go to St Petersburg, for knowledge and memories – to Arbat”.
Today Arbat is a souvenir shopping area in the down town of Moscow. Nevertheless there are many charming lanes and some old houses and churches along with quite a bunch of cafes.