Arbat is a famous pedestrian street in Moscow, built-up with historical mansions and picked by street artists and musicians. The first mentions of Arbat - the area between the modern streets of Bolshaya Nikitskaya and Znamenka - are found in the Moscow chronicles of the 16th century. After the fire of 1736, Arbat was turned into one of the most aristocratic streets in Moscow. It was a place where the upper crust of the Russian society lived at various times: the nobles Tolstoys, Golitsyns and Dolgorukiys, as well as the poets and writers Pushkin, Chekhov and Gogol.
In 1986 the Arbat became a pedestrian street. Today, residents of Moscow and guests of the capital like to walk along the 1,2 km long street, from the Arbat Gate to Smolenskaya Square, peeping in numerous antique shops and coffee houses and viewing the newly appeared Russian Walk of Fame. In addition, Arbat is home to the constructivist building of the Vakhtangov Theater, on the stage of which the greatest dramatic actors of the Soviet Union and Russia performed. Arbat is one of the most famous and attractive places in Moscow. Here you can not only explore the architecture of old houses, gain inspiration from the art of street musicians or pose for an Arbat painter, but also have your picture taken with heroes of different eras, buy souvenirs and have a snack at an authentic restaurant.