Arbat and Ostozhenka Area in Moscow

Author: Dimitry Paranyushkin (on 25 Aug 2009)

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Arbat - "The Shopper's Paradise"

With so many souvenir stalls and shopping malls, Arbat is the most touristic area in Moscow. However, together with Ostozhenka, it is also the most expensive residential area in Moscow, where flats can cost as much as $1,000,000.

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Arbat is one of the oldest areas in Moscow and it's the name of the most touristic street in the city. There are always many people wandering around, there are many cafes, restaurants, antiques and souvenir shops.
The area around Arbat is much calmer, and if you go to Kropotkinskaya area (towards the south from Arbat) you have a chance to see some interesting houses, to wander in complete silence, and visit the Church of Christ the Saviour (the biggest cathedral in Russia) and Pushkinsky Museum, which boasts the great collection of European art and hosts interesting exhibitions regularly.
metro: Arbatskaya (blue), Smolenskaya (blue), Kropotkinskaya (red) area: center south-west

What to Find There:

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Ukraine hotel (4 stars, from $80); Belgrade hotel (3 stars, $120), Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel (from $275); self-catering Arbat Apartments for short-term rental
Eating Out:
restaurants: Genatsvale (georgian), KishMish (uzbek), Mu-Mu (budget russian), Drova (budget russian), Tesoro (italian), KFC (american); cafes: plenty along Arbat street.
Internet Access:
Internet cafes (open hours): the nearest is TimeOnline next to the Red Square (24h), Wi-fi hotspot access points (Il Patio, Grand Imerium restaurants, Coffeemania cafe, Hardrock cafe, Smolensky Passage, Silvers Bar)
Clubs: Ministerstvo (chic), Cinemas: America-Cinema (movies in English)
museums: art: Tretyakov's Art Gallery, 2nd building (russian art); Pushkin's Fine Arts Museums (european art), Pushkin museum of personal collections (exhibits);
sightseeing: Arbat walking street, Gogolevsky boulevard, narrow streets around Arbat, the Church of Christ the Savior, courtyards next to Moscow river, Ostozhenka street. Novy Arbat street, the White House, American embassy building.
Shops & Services:
Beauty: Persona Lab (no.3); Health: 24h Pharmacy (beginning of Novy Arbat st); Money: many banks along Novy Arbat street. Shopping / Books: Trading House Moscow; Shopping / Souvernirs: plenty along Arbat street; Shopping Malls: Arbat, Smolensky Passage, Photolabs: Kodak-Mosfilm lab. Travel Gear: Erzog; Business: 24 Pring

Walking Around Arbat:
Arbat and Kropotkinskaya are nice areas of old Moscow, it was the area where the nobles used to live, so stylish mansions and cathedrals are usual for this place. Besides there's the famous Church of Christ Saviour (next to Kropotkinskaya metro - red line), the biggest cathedral in Russia and the most expensive also. On the bank of Moscow river there's a controversial monument to Peter the Great, and a typical residential area (also close to Kropotkinskaya or Park Kultury - red line).
A green Gogolevsky boulevard, named after the famous Russian writer Gogol, leads from Kropotkinskaya to Arbat area.
In Arbat area there's the Arbat street itself (also called

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Old Arbat) and the New Arbat street. Sixty years ago there was only Old Arbat street surrounded by the old houses. The government of Moscow decided to build a large avenue that'd lead from the centrum to the west of Moscow (where many Russian governors have their residences), so they destructed the whole area and build the big avenue called Novy Arbat (that means 'New' Arbat). On the sides of this street they built 'skyscrapers' (also called 'books' because of their forms) for offices, and a shopping district. In the end of Novy Arbat street there's a White House and American embassy.
The 'Old' Arbat street was left untouched, however in the 80s it was paved and became a walking street and got the status of the most touristic street in Moscow.

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