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All the Yerevan Secrets

PHONE
TAXI SERVICE
LAUNDRY
GROCERY
SOUVENIRS
RESTAURANTS
Lower Priced/Fast Food
Medium priced
Higher Priced
CAFÉS
COFFEE AND TEA
BAKERY
PLACES NEVER TO EAT
PLACES YOU WANT TO GO IF YOU’RE BORED
BEAUTY DAY
MISCELLANEOUS

PHONE

The best place to make a phone call is the phone center on Republic Square. Open 24 hours a day, very low rates, private booths. It’s on the same side of the square as the Marriott Hotel Armenia and is in a set of buildings that includes the Post Office.

TAXI SERVICE

Do not pay more than 1,500 to get anywhere in town. Always ask how much it is in advance. Most taxis now charge by the kilometer, and are metered but can quote you a rate ahead of time. 100 dram per kilometer is standard, and there will usually be a minimum. Metered cars are best, try Taxi Alex 20-90-90

LAUNDRY

The most professional service that offers 24 hour turn around is Selena Service, located on Zakian Street, around the corner from the Marriott Hotel Armenia. Facing the hotel, walk to the right up the street and turn left at the first corner. It’s at the end of the street, on the right hand side. Ask about their pick-up and delivery service. Main – 536-508, Pick up and delivery - 397-330

GROCERY

There are numerous and they all carry a different variety of items. SAS Market is open 24 hours a day on the corner of Mashtots and Amirian. Worth the front door delivery service for 300 drams per order. They also have employees that speak English. 563-399 or 538-888.

Another market is Star Market on Amirian between Republic Square and Mashtots. Nice selection, friendly service, limited English and cheaper than SAS.

SOUVENIRS

The best place to buy trinkets and souvenirs is the “Vernisage”. Located just off the main square, it is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. But beware, some items are made commercially, not necessarily in Armenia. Also, the “Art Vernisage” at the corner of Moscovian and Saya Nova across from the opera in Saryan Park. Paintings only and a nice spot to wander

For REALLY nice things visit Treasures of Armenia on Abovian near the square, but be prepared to pay. They’ve developed an exclusive line of all Armenian made products. Very high quality items, but also high priced.

RESTAURANTS

Shawerma - That’s right, this now gets a category of it’s own!

Tumanian Shawerma – This is the original Shawerma stand, just in a new location. Much bigger selection of meats. Yum! On Tumanian between the Opera and Abovian street, but across the street from their original location. Tumanian

Tumanian Shawerma – This is the new guy in town that went into the old Tumanian Shawerma location . Confused? That was the idea. Good, but not as good as the original competition across the street. 19 Tumanian 520-781

Sayat Shawerma – Genuine original halebsi style shawerma. Excellent! Good salads too. 6 Sayat Nova on the corner of Abovian and Sayat Nova. No delivery.

Artashi Mot – New location, much more convenient, and now they serve Shawerma! Is there anything these bbq wizards can’t do? Take away or sit down for the counter-ordered Shawerma, and full table service down stairs with their original menu. AND NOW THEY DELIVER! Across from Saryan Park - 31 Moskovyan 501-222 or 501-333

Mr. Gyro – And new to the competition is the greek gyro entry. A nice change, good fries, cheap meal. Located right next to Ai Leoni, take the stairs down. How convenient, it’s the same owner! Small location, slow service, don’t expect it to be really fast food. Total non-smoking establishment. 40 Tumanian Street

Lower Priced/Fast Food

Top Table – Between SAS Supermarket and Parpetsi street. Turns into a nightclub after 10 on the weekends.

Lagonid– On Nalbandian, across from the old KGB building, between Moscovian and Sayat Nova (no tours available but you should wave at the guards). THIS IS THE BEST FALFAFEL IN THE CITY. BUT, only on Tuesdays and Fridays. 37 Nalbandian 580-804 or 584-993 delivery

Mer Tagh – Located right next to Tumanian Shawerma, good lahmajoon and if you call ahead, fresh soubeoreg (at least 30 minutes advance). To go available. 21/1 Tumanian Street 580-106

Tifosi Sport Cafe-Pizzeria - Terian north of Sayat Nova Street, next to the Puma store. Best pizzas, plus spaghettis, sandwiches, and much more. 52/28 Terian 583-885 delivery

Gusto Gastronomia Gelateria – Abovyan, between Sayot Nova and Tumanian. Fairly good Italian. Not as good as Ankyun, but can hold a medium size group. Nice salads, try the seafood pasta. 11 Abovyan 581-121

Mr. Toaster – Located at right at the curve where Mashtots turns, just below the Matenadaran and next to Grand Candy. First US style sandwiches in town. And now they serve pretty good pizza, giant sized for a crowd. 25 Koriun Street 566-444 delivery

Southern Fried Chicken – It’s on the street that takes you to the St. Gregory Cathedral, from the main square. All the money changers are also on that street. Try the chicken fingers. 12 Tigran Mets 524-232 delivery

Shirvan Restaurant – Tumanian, across from Tumanian Shawerma. Small basement restaurant, great Persian food. Get the Sultani. Right next to a carpet store. Stop in they have nice rugs, same owner. 32 Tumanian 583-565

Yum Yum Doughnuts – For a quick sugar fix, US style doughnuts. Not bad sandwiches either. Near the corner of Mashtots and Moscovian. And now a second location on Tumanian in the Nord Building on Northern Avenue, with free Wifi! 39/12 Mashtots Avenue 561-984 delivery

Medium priced

Art Bridge - Very good sandwiches, tea and coffee. BEST FRENCH TOAST IN THE WORLD. The front of the store is a bookshop, the back is the restaurant. On Abovian between Sayat Nova and Tumanian. 20 Abovian 521-239

Charentsi 28 – Off the beaten path, but it is worth the trip. Outstanding food, fantastic atmosphere. Book their upstairs with patio for a private party. Located at Charents Street #28, between Nalbandyan and Sayat-Nova Streets, near the big new Zig Zag (this might help the taxi drivers) 57-29-45

Square One – American style food. Located next to Marco Polo on Abovian street. Do not leave the country without having had one of their chocolate milkshakes! Delivery available. WiFi! 1/3 Abovian 566-169

Artashi Mot – Ok, this place is hardcore, for locals and no chicks allowed on the first floor. Be prepared. But it’s meat-o-rama, best barbecue in town. Try the bbq giant mushrooms. Located in back of the St. Gregory Cathedral in Yerevan. You can’t miss it, it’s across from the back parking lot next to a gas station. 9/5 Kochar St. 553-222 and their new location across from Saryan Park with delivery service - 31 Moskovyan 501-222

The Club – Western Armenia dishes. Right next to Ai Leoni on Tumanian Street. Half art gallery and half restaurant, you need to walk down a set of stairs, it’s at basement level. Varied menu and creative dishes. Owner is part of Narek.com, so he also has a gift shop on site. They also deliver, but pizzas only. 40 Tumanian Street. 531-361

Griar Restaurant – Newest of the new. Rooftop dining on the 5th and 6th floors! A basement, but don’t eat there, it’s not as fun. Classical music in the evenings, and the 6th floor holds 32. Good food, great view, nice ambiance. Just down from Republic Square at the Corner of Zakian & Amerian, brand new building 548-652

Getap Restaurant – Down in the Hrazdan gorge. Better than most of the standard “kabob” restaurants, plus fresh lavash made on site. Just past Miracle restaurant when traveling down into the gorge from the “bridge” side.

Parvana – Down in the Hrazdan gorge. Food is still better at Getap, but this place is more fun. Dancing lots of entertainment. Their music annoys me nightly. Also a fireworks show, everynight at 10. First one you come to when traveling down from the “bridge” side.

Mer Gyugh/Our Village –- VERY traditional Armenian food. Outstanding mezza. Tiny restaurant, very cute, nightly traditional music. 7 Sayat Nova 548-700

Arma –– Amazing view of the entire city. They serve consistently good food, and can accommodate large groups. 275 Norki Aiginer St. 581-843

Hin Yerevan/Old Yerevan Tavern – 5 floors of Armenian cuisine! Each floor is decorated in a different motif. On Tumanian bordering the new Northern Avenue, across from Opera park. Great for large groups. Make the tourist happy-land. 23/4 Tumanian 540-575

Marco Polo – On Abovian, next to Sil Plaza almost down to Republic Square. Their ice cream is the best in town. Try a combination of orange and chocolate! They also have a themed restaurant in the back called Buccaneer. It has a pirate theme, private rooms, and same menu. Think Disneyland Armenia-fied. 1/3 Abovian 545-352

Eastern Cuisine – Located farther up in the suburbs. More US style Armenian food. It’s also referred to as AREVYELIAN KHOHANOTS. Unfortunately, there are two restaurants with this name, make sure it’s the one on Komitas. 16 Komitas Avenue 271-620 delivery

Ankyun – Off of Vardanants Street around the corner from the Europa Grocery Store. Very small restaurant, EXCELLENT Italian food. 4 Vartanants 519-998

Beijing Restaurant on Tumanian before Khanjian – Very good authentic Chinese food. Owner and head chef are from China. Try the orange chicken and the bean sprout salad. 9 Tumanian, 527-822 delivery

Dragon Restaurant on Moskovyan across from Saryan Park (art vernisage) – The best Chinese food I’ve had anywhere and my current favorite restaurant. Dragon is the newest in the chinese food world, and has some very creative dishes. Try the spinach salad with peanuts. And the chef is so cute and little! Say hi, poor guy doesn't speak anything but Chinese but he's very friendly 31 Moskovyan 533-381 delivery

Warstein – Good German food and great beer. Isahakian Street on the Cascade nearer to Moscovian. Spicy mustard guaranteed to make you cry.

Studio Café – Walk on the promenade of the Cascade. At almost the end of the walk, on your right you’ll see a teeny-tiny restaurant. Good steak, great fries. Fabulous Chinese chicken salad. But VERY small. Can’t hold a large group inside, but the patio can hold roughly 20. 38 Isahakian Street – 540-568

Cactus - Not the greatest Mexican food, not the worst. A nice break if you’re tired of kabob. Nice patio in the summer with pretty good margaritas. Delivery available. 42 Mashtots Ave 539-39, 536-399

Mimino - If you want Georgian food, I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Experiment! By the University 7 Alek Manukian 573-344, 578-886

Lake Sevan – Lake Sevan has numerous small restaurants and cafes all around the shores. The nicest hotel/restaurant is Harsnaqar Complex. Their café is located below the hotel and right on the water. Try the “Rak” kebab! Tel : (3741 61) 2-04-50, 2-33-58, 2-24-00

Higher Priced

Dolmama – The chef makes the best of the fresh produce that is abundant in Armenia, so they have a changing menu. You can see the wooden sign when you look down the street from Abovian. Directly off of Abovian street. Super cool interior. 10 Pushkin – 568-931

Ai Leoni – Tumanian 2 blocks off Mashtots. Only one of four places to go for Italian food, good salads and pastas, and the desserts are fresh and authentic. 40 Tumanian Street 538-831

Mozarteum – Modern French cuisine, lots of creative dishes. Small and quiet, reservations recommended. Across from the Opera off of Sayat Nova. 589 – 128 Closed Mondays

Phonecia – As you’re walking up the promenade of the Cascade, it’s at the street dividing the walk, on the left side. New restaurant, Syrian chef, boutique style. Cannot accommodate large groups. 3 Tamanian Street 561-894 And yes, there is a Tamanian and a Tumanian street.

Cucina – Marriott Armenia Hotel – The hotel has three nice restaurants with varying themes. All are good, with a higher standard than typical hotel fare. This one’s Italian. The Armenian Brasserie on the same floor also serves a very nice Sunday Brunch. Republic Square 599-000.

Restaurant Rossini – Hotel Yerevan – Located in the Hotel Yerevan, it has a fine selection of authentic Italian dishes. Hotel and restaurant are owned by an Italian investment company along with the Hotel Congress. 14 Abovian Street, 589-400

CAFÉS

Yerevan is filled with cafés. Open from May 1st until October 31st, the season is nice and long. The best place to see and be seen is the café at the Marriott Hotel Armenia. But it’s definitely not the best we’ve got to offer. There are lots of nice cafés around the opera, the best is Jazzve, with great desserts, coffee and teas. VIP section is really comfortable. Try the crepes with ice cream and hot fudge sauce. They’re also on Moscovian and Tumanian. Wander around opera park, they’re all nice.

Mokka - The street that the runs in between the sections of the Cascade. Fun interior, nice coffees and teas great desserts. Head-to-toe black and no-neck look optional. 3 Tamanian 547-910

Poplavok Jazz Cafe - Jazz in the evenings, ok-ish food, go there primarily for drinks and the atmosphere. 41 Isahakian 522-303, 547-118

Le Café de Paris - on Abovian near Moscovian is open year round and has excellent espressos. Best Café Glace anywhere. 23 Abovian Street. 522-648, 544-534

Café Central - on Abovian between Moscovian and Sayat Nova. Great desserts and killer hot chocolate. Try the Pepsi/Cappuccino mix. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. 30 Abovian 583-990

COFFEE AND TEA

Segafredo – European restaurant chain. Great coffee and BEST WIFI in town. Plus, first “to-go” coffee!!!!! Located on the corner of Northern Boulevard and Tumanyan, right across from the Opera.

Natura Gold – Very nice tea house with sandwiches, salads and crepes. It’s located on Abovian between Sayat Nova and Toumanian street across from Art Bridge. 11 Abovian Street 569-091

Pascussi Café – The Italian entry to the mix. Good coffee drinks, a little pricier than the most. Across from the opera park at 42 Teryan http://www.pascucci.it/

Thomas Twining Teas – Located on Abovian, between Sayat Nova and Tumanian street, closer to Abovian. Just a couple steps down from Zig Zag. Go downstairs to reach the restaurants. Wonderful selection of good teas. 22 Abovian Street 580-658

Zodiak – Fake Starbucks. Corner of Terian and Goriun. Good coffee and desserts, nice sandwiches. WIFI! 1st floor of the Citadel Building. 105/1 Terian 514-310

BAKERY

Pasticceria – On the street that is “between” the Vernisage arts and crafts section and the home depot section. Great desserts to go only. 67 Hanrapetutian 566-373, 516-373

Palmyra – Located on Moscovian next to the Poplavok park. Traditional middle eastern desserts, small café to eat there or take away.

Papaya – Baghramyan just past Moscovian as the street starts to go up. Great cookies and cakes. And yes, all good bakeries start with “p”. 2 Baghramyan 583-308

PLACES NEVER TO EAT

QUEEN BURGER = COCKROACH BURGERS – conveniently located in front of the St. Gregory Cathedral

Jean-Jacques Rosseau Café and Wine Bar – They have a nasty habit of overcharging. Tumanyan 32

PLACES YOU WANT TO GO IF YOU’RE BORED

Fast Kart Center - Go Karts come to Armenia! Full professional track with viewing stands. They also have a Paint Ball facility. 35 Acharian Street. 628-880

Miniature Golf - Located in the basement of Diamond Pizza on Abovian at 2 Byuzand Street, near Republic Square. Very small. You need to be very bored. 543-434, 543-432

Victory Park (Haghtanaki Aygi) - Located at “Monument” at the top of the hill overlooking Yerevan. Rides, games, food and fun.

Water World - Only good in the summer, open from June 1st to September 30th. But fun if it’s open, and even worth seeing if it’s not. 40 Myasnikian Avenue 63-89-98 http://www.waterworld.am/waterworld.html

Yerevan City Tour – Operated by Menua Tours, you cannot miss this bus. It leaves at 10:00 a.m. Tues thru Sat. Stops along the way - Victory Park, Mother Armenia Statue, Tsitsernagaberd Monument and Museum, Sasountsi David Monument. You can get off, wander around, take pictures. And it’s fun. 2000 drams per person. Picks up at Hotel Marriott front parking lot, no reservations necessary.

BEAUTY DAY

Lila Day Spa- Very nice spa. Massage, pedicures, facials, the works. US prices, but well worth it. 40 Pushkin, between Abovian and Mashdots. 53-64-91 http://www.lilaspa.com/

Anahit De Lux– Small, but great place for an inexpensive manicure or pedicure. Also best eyebrow plucker in town, or so I’m told. 27 Mashtots, 53-29-93 corner of Mashtots and Pushkin.

MISCELLANEOUS

Travel Agency

Menua Tours– They can help you with day tours, car rentals, tickets, etc. http://www.menuatours.com/
9 Alex Manoogian Street, AUA Business Center 512-051,512-052,512-053

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