Old Arbat street
The Arbat is a true symbol of old Moscow , and has recently celebrated its 500th anniversary. First time , its name was mentioned in the city chronicles in 1493.Until the 1960s the Arbat was Moscow’s main westward artery. Initially there were many slobodas (settlements) . The names of nearby lanes – Khlebniy(Bread),Skatertniy (Tablecloth), Serebryaniy ( Silver), Plotnikov (Capenters) etc . Since the second half of 18th century the Arbat became the most aristocratic quarter of the city .
In 1986 the Arbat was repaved as the first pedestrian street in Moscow. nowadays , its a busy full of cafes , souvenir shops . You ll find there lacquered boxes of all kinds , wood carving items , filigreed metalwork , embroidery wooden spoons, dishes , samovars and so on .The works of Khokhloma, Palekh, Fedoskino are richly displayed in the shops .
Also , you can find some place to have lunch . All kinds of cuisine can be found there from fast food till Indian and of course Russian one.
Old Arbat street is from the “must see” list