Leading west from the Manezh Square, New Arbat today is one of Moscow’s most busy, boisterous, and fashionable avenues. Three large entertainment complexes compete here with top-end boutiques, popular bars, huge shopping malls, and oversized beauty centers, while sidewalks are clustered with smaller kiosks, pavilions, and peddler stalls.
New Arbat is a direct motorway passage from the Kremlin to prestigious dacha residences on Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Highway. The 20-plus story residential towers on its flanks give breathtaking views of New Arbat, the Moskva riverbanks, and the Kremlin. However, the sector behind New Arbat, including low-traffic Povarskaya Street, is full of quiet winding lanes and boulevards; it is also home to several embassies. For those who require a modern hi-tech living environment, several new apartment towers have been erected recently at the end of New Arbat offering downtown and river views combined with advanced amenities and superb condominium service and maintenance.