Yerevan

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is a vibrant and historical city known for its pink-hued buildings made of local volcanic stone. The city is set against the backdrop of Mount Ararat, a sacred symbol for Armenians. Yerevan is home to numerous cultural landmarks, including the Matenadaran manuscript repository and the imposing Cascade complex.

The city also boasts a lively food and arts scene, with bustling markets and a variety of traditional cuisine to explore.

Places to visit

Key Phrases

Speak like a local

  • "Barev dzez" - Hello
  • "Shnorhakalutyun" - Thank you
  • "Votchk" - Yes
  • "Che" - No
  • "Hachoghutyun" - Goodbye

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Old Town

morning:Start the day with a visit to the historic Yerevan Brandy Company, followed by a stroll through the charming streets of the Old Town. Enjoy a traditional Armenian breakfast at Urartu Restaurant.

afternoon:Discover the history of the region at the History Museum of Armenia, then head to the Vernissage Market to browse local handicrafts and souvenirs. Try the delicious dolma at Caucasus Tavern.

evening:Experience the lively atmosphere of Republic Square, and then head to Mezzo Music Club for a night of live music and entertainment. 🎵

day 2

Cultural Heritage Trail

morning:Visit the Matenadaran Museum to explore ancient manuscripts, and then take a leisurely walk in the picturesque Cafesjian Center for the Arts. Enjoy a delightful lunch at Lavash Restaurant.

afternoon:Explore the Cascade Complex and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city from the top of the Cascade. Visit the Mother Armenia statue and the Military Museum. Savor traditional Armenian cuisine at Dolmama Restaurant.

evening:Embark on a memorable evening at the Opera House for a ballet or opera performance. 🎭

day 3

Nature and Outdoor Adventure

morning:Set off to explore the beautiful Dilijan National Park and take a hike through the lush forests and trails. Enjoy a refreshing morning coffee at Kavkazskaya Plennitsa Café.

afternoon:Visit the spectacular Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and take in the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains. Indulge in a delicious lunch at Geghard Restaurant.

evening:Relax and unwind at Jazve Café & Lounge with a cup of Armenian tea, offering a cozy atmosphere for an evening of relaxation. ☕️

day 4

Flavors of Yerevan

morning:Embark on a culinary journey through the Gumi Shuka market, exploring the array of fresh produce and local delicacies. Enjoy a traditional Armenian breakfast at Pandok Yerevan.

afternoon:Participate in a wine tasting experience at ArmAs Winery, learning about the art of winemaking. Venture to the Megerian Carpet Museum to admire intricate Armenian carpet designs. Taste authentic Armenian cuisine at Anoush Restaurant.

evening:Savor the vibrant nightlife at Kami Music Club, offering live music and a dancefloor for a thrilling evening. 💃🕺

Yerevan Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Khorovats

A must-try Armenian barbecue dish, usually made with marinated chunks of pork, lamb, or chicken, grilled to perfection. Visit Proshyan Street for some of the best khorovats in Yerevan.

Must-Try!

Dolma

Grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice, ground meat, and herbs, a delicious and traditional dish. Look for authentic dolma at family-run restaurants like Tavern Yerevan in the city center.

Lavash

A thin, soft flatbread with a unique taste, baked in a clay oven. Enjoy fresh lavash at gourmet food markets or bakeries like Lavash World on Tumanyan Street.

Photography Spots in Yerevan

Locations for the best views and photo opportunities

Cascades Complex

A grand stairway with outdoor art installations and panoramic views of the city

Victory Park

Offers great views of Yerevan and the giant Mother Armenia statue

Yerevan Cascade

A giant stairway and an art complex with beautiful terraced gardens

Seasonal Advice

Best times to visit and what to expect in different seasons

Spring (April to June)

One of the best times to visit Yerevan, with comfortable weather and beautiful blossoming nature. The city comes alive with outdoor cafes and cultural events.

Summer (July to September)

Warm and dry weather, perfect for exploring outdoor attractions and enjoying festivals and events. However, it can get quite hot in the city.

Autumn (October to November)

Cooler temperatures and stunning fall foliage make this an ideal time for sightseeing and outdoor activities. It's also harvest season, so expect fresh local produce.

Winter (December to February)

Cold and snowy weather, but the city is beautifully decorated for the holidays. Winter sports enthusiasts will find opportunities for skiing and snowboarding in the nearby mountains.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

GUM Market

One of the oldest and largest markets in Yerevan, offering an array of fresh fruits, nuts, spices, and traditional Armenian snacks such as sujuk and dried fruits.

Northern Avenue Street Food Stalls

Explore a variety of street food stalls offering local delicacies like grilled meat skewers, freshly baked pastries, and sweet treats. Don't miss trying gata, a traditional Armenian pastry.

Things to do in Yerevan

Unique local experiences...

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