YEREVAN

Armenia

Yerevan is the capital (since 1918) and largest city of Armenia, and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country.

Info Yerevan

introduction

Yerevan is the capital (since 1918) and largest city of Armenia, and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country.

The city is home to over a million people - the largest Armenian community in the world.

In Soviet years Yerevan underwent massive reconstruction, following Alexander Tamanyan's (the architect) new plans to make a perfect city - a Neo-Classical wide-avenues-based town resembling Paris, Vienna and Saint Petersburg.

Central Yerevan is a true jewel of early Soviet architecture. She is also home to some large scale Modern and Post-Modern marvels which are mostly the result of Soviet-Armenian architectural megalomania. In Soviet days Yerevan had already become known as the Pink City as much due to the colour of the tufa stone used for building as for the flamboyant spirit of her young population.

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POPULATION : 1,060,138
FOUNDED :  782 B.C
TIME ZONE : (GMT+4) (UTC+4)
LANGUAGE : Armenian 97.7%, Yezidi 1%, Russian 0.9%, other 0.4%
RELIGION : Armenian Apostolic 94.7%, other Christian 4%, Yezidi 1.3%
AREA : 223 km2 (86 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 989.4 m (3,246.1 ft)
COORDINATES : 40°11′N 44°31′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 50,11% 
 Female: 49,89%
ETHNIC : Armenian 93%, Azeri 1%, Russian 2%, other (mostly Yezidi Kurds) 4%
AREA CODE :
POSTAL CODE :
DIALING CODE : +374 10
WEBSITE :  www.yerevan.am

Tourism

Most of tourist Yerevan is concentrated in the city centre, which very compact and easily walkable, with endless dining and entertainment options.

Tourism in Armenia is developing year by year and the capital city of Yerevan is one of the major tourist destinations. The city has a majority of luxury hotels, modern restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs. Zvartnots airport has also conducted renovation projects with the growing number of tourists visiting the country.

Numerous places in Yerevan are attractive for tourists, such as the dancing fountains of the Republic Square, the State Opera House, the Cascade complex, the ruins of the Urartian city of Erebuni (Arin Berd), the historical site of Karmir Blur (Teishebaini).

The basic layout is a couple of ring roads with a grid inside of them. If you climb the Cascade steps , you will get one of the best views of Yerevan around. Sunsets here are worth watching.


Tourist Office

As of December 2014, no tourist information office exists in Yerevan. The reception of Marriott hotel at Republic square is very helpful and will give you free maps of the city and the country by request.

History

The territory of Yerevan was settled approximately during the 4th millennium BC

Even though the history of Yerevan dates back to the Erebuni fortress, making it at least 2800 years old, little remains of what was small settlement saving the excavations at Hrazdan river gorge, Erebuni, Karmir Berd and Avan.

Being on a strategically important place Yerevan was a constant war stage for rival Ottoman, Persian and Russian Empires. It has been repeatedly ruined by those wars or natural disasters.

At the time of Armenia's independence in 1918, when Yerevan was made the capital of an independent Armenia, Yerevan was a town of just 20,000.

Climate

Yerevan has a steppe climate, with long, hot, dry summers and short, but cold and snowy winters.

The summers are usually very hot with the temperature in August reaching up to 40 °C(104 °F)   and winters generally carry snowfall and freezing temperatures with January often being as cold as −15 °C (5 °F) and lower.

Yerevan experiences an average of 2,700 sunlight hours per year.

 ClimateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
 
Daily highs (°C)0.63.711.719.524.329.634332920.712.14.5
Nightly lows (°C)-7.8-5.30.36.910.814.718.817.813.371.4-3.6
Precipitation (mm)222530374421988272323
 

Source: World Meteorological Organisation (UN) 

Geography

Yerevan is located on to the edge of the Hrazdan River, northeast of the Ararat plain (Ararat Valley), to the center-west of the country.

The upper part of the city is surrounded with mountains on three sides while it descends to the banks of the river Hrazdan at the south.

The Hrazdan divides Yerevan into two parts through a picturesque canyon.

Economy

As an attractive outsourcing location for Western European, Russian and American multinationals, Yerevan headquarters many international companies

The industry of Yerevan is quite diversified including chemicals, primary metals and steel products, machinery, rubber products, plastics, rugs and carpets, textiles, clothing and footwear, jewellery, wood products and furniture, building materials and stone-processing, alcoholic beverages, mineral water, dairy product and processed food.

Even though the economic crisis of the '90s ravaged the industry of the country, several factories remain always in service, notably in the petrochemical and the aluminium sectors.

Armenian beverages, especially the Armenian cognac and beer have a worldwide fame. Hence, Yerevan is home to many leading enterprises of Armenia and the Caucasus for the production of alcoholic beverages.

Subdivisions

Yerevan is divided into twelve administrative districts : 
Ajapnyak  108,282 
Arabkir 117,704 
Avan  53,231 
Davtashen  42,380 
Erebuni  123,092 
Kanaker  73,886 
Kentron  125,453 
Malatia-Sebastia  132,900 
Nork  12,049 4
Nor Nork  126,065 
Nubarashen  9,561 
Shengavit 135,535


Most of tourist Yerevan is concentrated in the city centre, which very compact and easily walkable, with endless dining and entertainment options. The rest of the city is mostly sleeping or business quarters, so a typical tourist will not have much incentive to leave the centre.

  • Kentron, Centre City, City Centreor Downtown - is central Yerevan, locally called as kentron or just kaghak (meaning 'the city'). This is the heart of Yerevan and indeed Armenia. Though Kentron's architecture is diverse, ranging from Belle Epoque to Soviet Panel blocks, the great majority of the centre is in Beaux-Arts tradition. The city centre follows Tamanyan's plan for a circular city with two hubs - grand Republic Square, and the more elegant and soft Opera district (Opera house, Freedom Square and the Swan Lake Park). The two are linked with newly constructed pedestrian-only Northern Avenue. The Main Avenue (standard South European Corso) is still under construction (for last 60 years, though on a greater scale during the last couple of years) and will eventually reach the hill on which the historical Kond neighborhood rests. Kentron is also home to the University City, where the campuses of State University, Medical University, Engineering University, Agricultural University, Economics University, Pedagogical and some other universities come together in one big group. Virtually all of the museums, hotels and popular places to eat and drink are in Kentron, so most visitors will probably not venture much past it.
  • Barekamutyun - Meaning friendship, Barekamutyun is the area around the metro stop of the same name. This hub is home to Hayastan Hanrakhanut (department store) which is more of an indoor bazaar than an actual department store. The hub branches off to Kievyan and nearby Komitas streets.
  • Monument - At the top of the Cascade steps rests the towering monument to Soviet victory in WWII. Directly adjacent is the large construction site of the Cafesjian Museum, which houses a large collection of contemporary art, including perhaps the best glass art collection in the world. Beyond the monument is Victory Park, and the neighborhood around it is known as Monument as well.
  • Erebuni - In this district is situated ruins of fortress of Erebuni, founded in 782 BC by king Argishti.
  • Bangladesh - Not to be confused with country in Asia! Not much to offer a tourist, the name however is worth an explanation. At the time this was one of the furthest new districts built in Yerevan, and because of the distance, locals quickly began calling it Bangladesh, which has stuck to this day. The biggest outdoor bazaar of Yerevan is located in this district.
  • Nor Nork district is the last Soviet project of residential expansion of Yerevan. It entirely consists of standardised Soviet Panel blocs. However, every tourist crosses this district on the way to 'obligatory' Garni temple and Geghard monastery (as the highway to that direction is connected to the main avenue of this district). The main attraction of this district would be the Gay Statue, though the name has nothing to do with homosexuality (to avoid this interesting misunderstanding most often the name of the avenue and statue is Romanised as Guy).

Internet, Comunication

Stores offering Internet access with PCs are called Internet Club in Armenia. Internet cafes are everywhere and cheap.

There are three GSM service providers operating in Armenia. It is strongly advised to acquire a temporary prepaid SIM card as they are cheap and convenient, allowing both local and international calls, no charge for incoming calls and no monthly fee. Mobile internet and UTMS are also offered from all companies, as well as the normal full range of wireless services.

Prices in Yerevan

PRICES LIST - USD

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter€0.76
Tomatoes1 kg€1.05
Cheese0.5 kg€2.80
Apples1 kg€0.80
Oranges1 kg
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€0.75
Bottle of Wine1 bottle€4.00
Coca-Cola2 liters€0.96
Bread1 piece€0.45
Water1.5 l

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RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2€13.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€25.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€3.80
Water0.33 l
Cappuccino1 cup€1.50
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€1.15
Beer (domestic)0.5 l
Coca-Cola0.33 l
Coctail drink1 drink

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ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets€8.00
Gym1 month€50.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut
Theatar2 tickets
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.
Pack of Marlboro1 pack€1.10

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PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack€3.45
Tampons32 pieces€3.96
Deodorant50 ml.€2.90
Shampoo400 ml.€2.95
Toilet paper4 rolls€1.60
Toothpaste1 tube€1.45

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CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1€60.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1€40.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1€85.00
Leather shoes1€75.00

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TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter€0.90
TaxiStart
Taxi1 km€0.20
Local Transport1 ticket

Tourist (Backpacker)  

33 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

85 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Zvartnots International Airport (14 km west of the city centre),  +374 10 493000. The main gate to Armenia. In 2006, a new terminal was opened, where most arrivals and departures are now based. It remains a smaller airport however, so navigating your way around is easy and fast. Free WiFi access is available in the departure terminal. Several decent cafes, ATMs, bank and post branches are all available at the 1st and 2nd floors of the airport. Tourists may get information about Armenia from information desk or a touch screen information stand.

Numerous carriers fly to Yerevan aside from Armavia: Air France, Iran Air, Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Aeroflot. Yerevan is connected to all major European and Middle Eastern cities: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Moscow, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, St Petersburg, Minsk, Riga, Kiev, Istanbul, Aleppo, Tehran and Beirut. Armavia reopened the Route Yerevan - Tbilisi - Yerevan again, with two daily flights (July 2011)

Transportation between the airport and the city

  • A public bus N107 is available during the day-time for about 350 AMD, which will take you to the Opera House in central Yerevan. However, it seems to stop operating after 20:00.
  • Two mini-buses - N 17 and N 18 operating routes to/from different districts of Yerevan.
  • A taxi ride from the airport to the city will cost from 3,000 to the centre, and up to 5,000 AMD for the most distant parts of the city (2015). Some drivers may try to convince you to pay more, but don’t ever believe them, and telling them you will call the police (who will help you) should straighten out any opportunists. Almost 100% taxis are using a taxi meter (sheochik), so, the best if you have local currency with you to pay for the trip. It might be a good idea to use official transporter of Zvartnots Airport - AeroTaxi, you can book a taxi on-line and be sure that your driver is waiting certainly for you. Do not agree on a flat fee, but insist on the meter being used (and switched on), even with AeroTaxi. There is also an official taxi stall inside the airport.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

Yerevan StationTigran Metz Avenue (Access to the Metro: 'Sasuntsi David' is by underground passage). This is a Neo-classical building, small scale version of Soviet skyscrapers such as Moscow State University or Warsaw Culture Palace, with a red-star-topped high spire serving as a symmetry axis. Unfortunately, the square, the building and the statue are in a measly condition now, as the blockade-driven underusage of the railway left the place unattended.

An overnight train runs on odd numbered days from Tbilisi in Georgia. After departing at 20:20 the journey takes twelve hours. Estimated arrival time in Yerevan is 07:00, but delays are common. Border formalities are around midnight at two stops about half an hour apart, expect them to take some time. Visas can be bought by those who require them (not needed for EU citizens) at the border for 3000 AMD or $10. 'Up' trains leave Yerevan on even numbered days, departing 22:00, arriving at 8:00. Beware that to purchase a ticket, the travel document to be used is to be presented at the ticket counter, traveller's full names will be transliterated into Russian, and this information printed on the ticket. Before a passenger is allowed on board, the wagon's conductor verifies this information. Toilets are locked by the attendant whilst the train is not moving and at the border. The wagons are the standard Soviet era hold-overs, but they're fairly comfortable. Bring your own food, water and vodka for socializing as there is no restaurant car on board. Notice that during the summer months this train runs from Batumi instead, and is a daily service, so 15/06-01/10: Batumi 15:35 Tbilisi arr 22:16 Tbilisi dep 21:40 Yerevan 07:25 (46.41 GEL 2nd class Tbilisi-Yerevan); Yerevan 15:30 Tbilisi arr 00:12, Tbilisi dep 00:45, Batumi 07:10. A night in a 1st class compartment (2 beds) costs about double that.

Yerevan is the "hub" of Armenia's small rail system, most lines are only served once daily. There is no timetable information in Latin characters in the station, but an online Timetable exists (2014). Local destinations: Armavir (1 hr), Gyumri (3 hrs), Vanadzor(4.5 hrs), Dilijan, Armavir, Vardenis, Airum, Lake Sevan.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

Buses and minivans are the major means of transportation within the country. From Yerevan you can get to literally every place in Armenia within a day. To make things confusing for foreigners, there are several different regional bus-stations in Yerevan and the minivans tend to leave from hard to find places just somewhere at the side of the road. When heading into Yerevan, they are not unknown to drop you at random spots somewhere in the city, so ask the driver beforehand to drop you at a convenient place. The following is an incomplete list of the major bus stations.

  • Yerevan Central Bus Station (Kilikia Bus Station), Tsovakal Isakovi Ave., 6 Building(to the south-west of the city centre on Admiral Isakov Avenue, around one kilometre from the Shuka, at the end of Mashtots Avenue),  +374 10 565370. This is the biggest non-commercial bus station in Yerevan. To get there, take Minibus 13 (from Barekamutsun Metro), 23 (from the Train Station) or 15, 68 and 75 (from Republic Square). Bus stop 'Kilikia'.

Local destinations: Sisian, Goris, Kapan, Gyumri, Vanadzor and Stepanakert amongst many others.

From Tbilisi, fare costs 15 lari and takes about 12 hours. More expensive is to take a 35 lari marshutka/minibus but it’s much faster at about 5 hours. Sometimes you can take a shared car from Tbilisi as well. Again, a bit more expensive than minibus, but faster and more comfortable. The last marshrutka leaves for Tbilisi at 2:30 PM

Bus service to Yerevan also is available in Istanbul, or many of the cities on the Black Sea coast of Turkey en route to Yerevan, with a detour through Georgia. In Yerevan some of the bus lines from Turkey are: Karbut Tour: +374 10 542697 and Oz Aybaki +374 10 565003.

Buses to Tehran (via Tabriz) leave from this bus station at 10:00 every day - 24 hour-trip (give or take), 22,000 Dram, and arrive at "Azadi" bus station. Lunch and dinner stops along the way (one in Armenia, so keep some Dram).

  • Northern Bus Station (around 5 km north of the city centre on the Yerevan-Sevan Highway). It is worth visiting just for its soviet architecture and the desperate feeling the huge and empty building gives. To get there take bus 113 or Minibus 101 (both from somewhere on Komitas). Buses and Minivans from here go to for example Dilijan and Sevan.
  • Station square. Some buses and shared taxis depart from the station square. Marshrutkas to Tbilisi leave every 2 hours (9, 11am, 1, 3, 5pm). Price 7000 Drams
  • Gai Bus StationGai Ave. It's merely an open square from where buses depart to Garni, Gogh and Geghard villages.

Transportation - Get In

By Car

Options include arriving into Armenia via Georgia or Iran. A drive to Yerevan from Armenia-Iran border will take approximately 6 hours, and is a great way to explore Southern Armenia, cities like Meghri, Kapan, Goris, Sisian, etc.

Arriving from Georgia will allow you to drive trough Northern Armenia and driving to Yerevan will take 4–5 hours.

Highways are high standard, although sometimes can be narrow (1 line to each direction) due to mountainous terrain.


Transportation - Get Around

Transportation - Get Around

On foot

The centre of Yerevan is compact and easy to get around by foot. Watch your step, however, as construction sites, potholes and aggressive drivers abound. Make sure to be careful especially while crossing the street. In Yerevan, Armenia (and many other places I am sure) the drivers may tend to be very distracted when driving and don't pay attention to the road, especially to jaywalkers. Be aware, that there are recently introduced penalties for jaywalking and crossing the streets in non-designated areas, and once spotted by police, you will have to pay a fine of 3,000 AMD.

Transportation - Get Around

By metro

The metro system in Yerevan is quite reliable and relatively modern, having been built in the early 1980s. It is the quickest way around town, and at 100 dram, the cheapest aside from walking.

Today the metro operates as a single line, with a shuttle branch and covers 12 km (7.5 miles), with trains running every five minutes from 06:30 until 23:00 Due to Yerevan's uneven landscape, the metro in some cases goes above ground. Continuing the tradition of all ex-Soviet underground systems, most of the stations are exquisitely decorated, often blending Armenian national motifs with late-Soviet architecture.


Yerevan metro stations from north to south

  • Metro Station Barekamutyun (Baregamutyun, lit. Friendship - Russian: Druzhba), Marshal Baghramyan Ave (National Archive of Armenia, Yerevan Expo).
  • Metro Station Marshal Baghramyan (Marchal Baghramian), Marshal Baghramyan Ave (American University of Armenia, Embassy of UK, Lovers Park, National Assembly of Armenia, Presidential Palace,).
  • Metro Station Yeritasardakan (Eritasardakan), Isahakyan St (Abovian street, Alexander Spendiarian Armenian Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre, Freedom Square (Azatutyan Hraparak), Komitas Chamber Music Hall, University of Architecture and Construction, Medical University).
  • Metro Station Hanrapetutian Hraparak (lit. Republic Square, formerly Lenin Hraparak 'Lenin Square'), Republic Square (Armenia Marriott hotel, Central Bank, Erebuni Hotel, Government House, History Museum of Armenia, National Gallery, Vernissage).
  • Metro Station Zoravar Andranik (lit. General Andranik, formerly Hoktemberyan), Tigran Mets Ave (Spartak (Armenia) Sports Stadium, Ayrarat Market, Luna Park, Saint Gregory Cathedral, Tashir Mall, Agricultural bazaar/G.U.M. market).
  • Metro Station Sassountsi David (lit. David of Sasun), Sevan St (Yerevan Mall, Yerevan Railway Station).
  • Metro Station Gortsaranain (lit. Factory), Street Bagratuniats near to intersection of Arshakuniats Arshakuniats Ave (Nairit Chemical Plant).
  • Metro Station Shengavit (Chengavit), 9th St. Metro shuttle to Charbakh
  • Metro Station Gareguin Njdehi (lit. Garegin Nzhdeh Square, formerly Spandaryan Hraparak), Garegin Nzhdeh Square, (Mika Stadium, Yerevan Lake).

Transportation - Get Around

By minibus

More than a hundred minibus (marshrutka, pronounced mar-shroot-kah) routes exist that criss-cross the city and travel to the suburbs and beyond (such as to Georgia or Karabagh). At 100 dram (US $0.25) a ride in Yerevan, they are a bargain. The minibuses are often overcrowded, and you may find yourself standing, crouched without a seat during rush hour. The route number is displayed prominently in the window, along with Armenian text listing the major landmarks and streets of the route. The Opera (ՕՊԵՐԱ) is an easy Armenian word to recognize on these signs, and is the main crossing point of many of the lines. When you want to get off, you should say “kangnek” or “ijnokh ka” for the driver to hear, or else, just say “stop” in English. The numbers of the minibuses are written on the bus stations though and the webpage of the tourist information has the whole list with destinations. Pay when leaving a minibus.

Transportation - Get Around

By bus or trolleybus

Yerevan also has trolley and regular bus lines, operated by "Yergortrans." The fare is very inexpensive (50 dram for trolley and 100 dram for regular bus) and the vehicles are not too crowded. Pay when leaving a bus.

Yerevan Routes is an app for your Android/iPhone; It does not give you exact bus schedule but still a very useful (and the only) way to find out about all bus, trolley, and marshrutka routes. Android version. iPhone version .

Transportation - Get Around

By taxi

Abundant throughout the city, a taxi anywhere in the centre should not cost more than 1,000 dram. Almost all taxis with company names on the sides have meters, and prices tend to be competitive among taxi companies. To flag an empty one down on the street, just hold your arm out and pat your hand in the air, if they’re free they’ll stop. Taxis without a logo on the side tend to charge more, and may to try to get more out of foreigners. To avoid being ripped off, either call a taxi from a big company or head for the most modern looking ones which usually have a meter. Make sure that the driver switches it on when you start and politely remind him to do so if he has "forgotten" it. If taxi has meter and the driver hasn't turned it on, in most cases passenger can not pay for the trip. Carry some coins to prevent the drivers from telling you that they have no change on them. Standard price is a minimum of 500-600 Dram for the first 5 km and than 100 Dram for every further km. A car and driver can easily be rented for day trip outside of Yerevan, for as little as 20 USD plus fuel. Beware of moonlighting "taxi" drivers at the airport who will try to charge you ridiculous amounts (20,000 dram or more) to get to the city. Finally never ever believe any taxi driver who wants to convince you that there is no bus or minivan to the destination you are heading to.

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Shopping


Markets

  • Ayrarat Market31 Tigran Mets Ave (: Zoravar Andranik).
  • Covered Market (Agricultural bazaar, G.U.M. market, Food Market), Movses Khorenatsi St. It's an original building, a combination of Jungenstil and Beaux-Arts. It still houses a market of fresh, sun-dried and conserved produce.
  • Vernissage (From : Republic Square a block east). Sa-Su. A walk through the weekend Vernissage through the park is a must. From rugs, souvenirs, instruments and paintings, to pets and chemistry supplies, this outdoor market seemingly has everything.

Malls

  • Dalma Garden Mall.
  • Tashir Mall (: Zoravar Andranik).
  • Business centre (Универмаг), Abovyan street.

Souvenirs

  • Armenian brandy (locally called Cognac as well) is considered one of the world's finest brandies and is accordingly a popular gift to take home for tourists. It was actually Winston Churchill's brandy of choice. There are many stores within central Yerevan centre devoted solely to brandy from the Ararat Cognac Factory; the airport is also a good place to stock up at duty free. As a rule, the more aged the brandy, the more refined the taste and the more expensive. But regardless the series of brandy, in Yerevan it will be an excellent value.
  • Armenian rugs, new and old are popular. New carpets can be purchased at the Mergeryan Rug Factory for a good price. More upscale is the international brand “Tufenkian Carpets”, with a shop on Tumanyan near Abovyan. Both will add your name or inscription request into an existing rug, or do a custom rug for you. There is no problem with exporting these. Old rugs are found in stores all over town, or in Vernissage. Be sure the seller obtains an export certificate from the ministry of culture for you – or you’re taking a chance that it may be confiscated. Negotiate to have the certificate delivered to you as part of the purchase price, and buy your rug a week before you go to give them time to obtain this certificate. New rugs do not require certification, but keep your factory certificate as proof that it is new.
  • More fragile, but maybe worth the effort are some of the more exotic jams and preserves made in Armenia. From walnut preserves, to “Sea Buckthorne” (Chichkhan), virtually everything that grows in Armenia is canned!
  • L'atelier Restaurant Salon Imperial Russian AntiquesMashtots 37 (near Opera).

Stores

  • General Market7/4 Yervand Kochar St (Near to Saint Gregory The Illuminator Cathedral),  +374 10 550785. A supermarket
  • SAS supermarket52 Komitas Ave (Near to Iranian Embassy),  +374 10 200755. A chain. More units: 35 Isahakyan St (: Yeritasardakan), 18 Mashtots (: Hanrapetutian Hraparak ( Republic Square)), 31 Tumanyan (Close to Armenian Opera Theater), 85 Baghramyan (: Barekamutyun ), 20/1 Qajaznuni, 1A Kievyan
  • Subterrranean bookshops at Khanjyan StKhanjyan St and Vardanants St.

Currency

Dram (AMD) is a national currency of Armenia. As of April 2015:

  • 1 USD = approx. 475 AMD
  • 1 EUR = approx. 515 AMD

The rates can vary. Check [www] for the most recent rates.

When arriving in Zvartnots International Airport exchange only 20-30 USD for taxi or airport service as the exchange rate at the airport is always poor. Exchanges can be found all over the city, and do not charge a commission – count your money on the spot, though they tend to be patently honest. Banks tend to be the least convenient place to exchange, and tend to have the worst rates – exchange on the streets. Exchange rates on the streets are almost all quite competitive, so shopping around is only worthwhile for very large amounts. Stores and restaurants will frequently accept USD in a pinch, though they prefer dram.

Cash (in dram only) can be withdrawn from numerous ATMs located in the city, but you may have to try several machines before getting money. You may also visit different bank branches to withdraw cash from credit/debit cards. Though VISA and MasterCard are accepted in many restaurants, supermarkets and shops in Yerevan, carry some cash. To withdraw EUR and USD from your credit card, you can go into a bank.

Restaurants


Budget

Stands selling Armenian-style "pizzas" called "lamehjun" or "lahmajoun" are prevalent throughout Yerevan. This cheap snack consists of a thin layer of dough topped with an herb and meat paste.

  • Design cafe42 Toumanyan st. (near Yerevan State Lingustic University), +374 10 531333, e-mail:. A place to eat and relax, signature interior, delicious food, perfect service, Internet cafe second hall, free high speed Wi-Fi. Lunch time discounts 15%.
  • Dona BakeryMesrop Mashtots avenue close to the Matenadaran. The underground Dona bakery offers delicious pastries, both European and Armenian. A good place to catch an inexpensive snack.
  • Jazve Cafe. Lunch and appetizer menu. Watch out for its misspellings on the menu. There are plenty of these cafes across Yerevan.
  • Mer TaghTumanyan St. west of Abovyan. A small lahmejun joint on Tumanyan, and their lahmejuns have a big following.
  • KhingaliTumanyan St. west of Abovyan (next to Mer Tagh (above)). Has excellent khingali (dumplings) with meat or cheese filling. Either can be served boiled or fried.
  • LagonidNalbandyan St (north of Sayat Nova). A Middle Eastern restaurant with sandwiches starting from 600 AMD (ask to see the sandwich menu specifically). Besides of this serve lots of other Arabic and Lebanese dishes.
  • Melody CafeFreedom Square. Cheap restaurant, lots of food options and drinks. Very centric, next to the Opera at the Freedom Sqare. Free Wi-Fi.

Mid-range

  • AntebKoghbatsi St (between Pushkin and Aram Street). A family-run cafe that serves a huge variety of kebabs in a very casual cafe-type setting. The Adana and Urfa are a bargain at about 800 AMD each and the Iskender, though slightly more expensive (3,000 AMD) rivals the best. The rice pudding is pricey but tasty. Cheap drinks and free lavash.
  • ArtbridgeAbovyan St. north of Tumanyan St.. Good breakfasts and lighter fare, and the French toast is a must. A nice selection of foreign language books and Western periodicals if you need new reading material.
  • Artashi MotSpendiaryan St, across Mashdots Ave. from the Opera. Is considered by many to be the finest place for khorovats (BBQ) in Armenia. Judge for yourself, but not before trying the horti (beef) and sunki (mushroom) barbeques. They are both delicious, when they have them. Other nice alternatives include the fish barbeque and the piti soup. Whichever barbeque you get, get some of the tomato sauce mix that Artash makes to put on your meat, or just to dip your bread into.
  • Cactus42 Mastots Ave. Closed for renovation in 2015. Mexican restaurant, located near the Opera off Mesrop Mashtots Avenue. The food is decent imitation Mexican with all the usual dishes - burritos, tacos, etc. The prices are a bit steep by Yerevan standards, but not that expensive for Westerners. The décor gets an "A" for effort.
  • Café CentralAbovyan St., south of Moscovyan. Good place for a meal, reminiscent of a Viennese café
  • Caucasus (Кавка́з), Hanrapetutyun near Sayat Nova. Extensive menu of Caucasian dishes in 5 languages plus photos. You can order fish straight from the aquarium. Starter ~1,000 AMD, main dish ~2,500 AMD.
  • Charentsi 28 (A 10-15 minute walk from the Opera House, across the German Embassy). A fully restored two-story house turned restaurant, serving a variety of dishes from Mediterranean, Indian, Thai, Western Armenian, to continental cuisines. They manage to do all of these justice. There is also seating outside in the summer and fall, on the balcony or front-yard courtyard. Starters 1,200 AMD, main dishes from 2,600 AMD.
  • L’Orange21 Tumanyan St. Has great service and a good menu.
  • Mer GyughSayat Nova, west of Teryan Street. Traditional Armenian cuisine with a village atmosphere. The chicken "Ararat" comes with a dried fruit pilav that is quite a treat! Menu items are often unavailable, so have a backup in mind when ordering. The restaurant often features traditional folk music in the evenings.
  • Old Yerevan (Hin Yerevan), 2 Northern Ave. Offers traditional food, songs, dances and the décor will make you think Disney has come to town. Almost a must for any visitor.

Splurge

  • Al LeoniTumanyan st. just west of Parpetsi. Some fine Italian dining.
  • Hotel YerevanAbovyan st.. Also fine Italian dining.
  • Dolmama10 Pushkin st.. Fusion Armenian-World cuisine. Excellent food, service and ambiance. The outdoor seating out back is a way to experience the old courtyards that filled central Yerevan in the past.
  • Rossini14 Abovian, Golden Tulip Hotel,  +374 10 591 608. 7:30 - 23:30.Central location, Italian Executive Chef, European and Armenian cuisine, customer oriented staff, elegant and relaxing atmosphere, extended wine list, free Wi-Fi.
  • The Club40 Tumanyan St.. has some excellent Western Armenian dishes, including manti, su borek and the amazing midia dolma. The underground space is very hip, and the tea room, when not too smoky is a good place to sit on a bean back and chat. For a budget option, you can order one of their very filling thin crust pizzas, starting at 5 USD.

Coffe & Drink

Armenia itself is a place to drink, with no prohibition against drinking in public. Cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs and the countryside on a picnic are all popular places for vodka, the usual drink of choice, with wine, beer, champagne and brandy all popular as well. You can drink in a car, as long as you’re not driving. Drivers cannot have a drop of alcohol in them, with zero being the legal threshold – and the penalties for violating this are stiff.


Places for a drink

The most popular places to drink in the summer tend to be outdoor cafes and café/restaurants. The cafes by the Opera and Republic Square are always packed.

The following bars are popular spots with visitors.

  • Tro's PubSaryan 5 St.
  • Troll Pub.
  • Rock Bar Parpetsi. Popular spots with visitors.
  • Dolce Vita bar (of Hotel Yerevan), Golden Tulip Hotel, 14 Abovian. open round the clock
  • Jazzve Cafe. A wonderful place to meet up with someone for a drink. Their strawberry coffee is wonderful, and is a drink like no other.
  • DIYParpetsi street. Its fun, funky, innovative, alternative and a place to drink, have fun, make music and meet people from every background.
  • Calumet56a Pushkin St.+374 94 359229. Bohemian, friendly, alternative crowd. Insanely smokey. Seriously. free.
  • Red Bull Pub2 Saryan St. (corner of Saryan and Tumanyan.),  +374 10 580375. One of the oldest pubs in Yerevan, open since the 1990s. Friendly local crowd.
  • Wild West Pub25 Tumanyan st (entrance on Koghbatsi),  +374 10 581664, e-mail: . Good drinking hole by the Opera.

Drinks to try

  • Cognac – see the buy section above.
  • Homemade fruit vodkas – these are not flavoured from fruit like most of the western vodkas but made from pure fruit. The most popular is the Tutti Oghi (Mulberry Vodka), but just as impressive if you can find them are the Cornelian Cherry (Hon), Pear, Apricot and Peach.
  • Wine – Areni grapes are only grown in Armenia, which is in the oldest grape and wine producing part of the world. Old Yerevan is the best brand.
  • Compote – if you can get it, this usually home made fruit juice is fantastic. Ask locals, and if some of them have it at home, they will drag you in to try.
  • Tan – blended plain yoghurt with water and a dash of salt, this drink is often an acquired taste, and very refreshing. You can sometimes find bottled fizzy tan, which is an even more acquired taste.

Cafés

Yerevan has a serious cafe culture, and it can be hard to tell where one outdoor cafe ends and the next begins as they run into each other.

  • Mirzoyan Library10 Mher Mkrtchyan (Petros Adamyan) (Hard to spot inside the courtyard at 10 Mkrtchyan/Adamyan). Started out as a space in a traditional courtyard with a collection of photography books, it's now a cafe with very nice drinks and creative and excellent bites and sweets. Free wifi.

Sights & Landmarks


Churches

Churches in Yerevan are open from early morning till very late evening. There is no entrance fee ever charged. If you manage to find the priest you can ask him to bless you and any object (of non-violent usage) that belongs to you (including friendship and other relationships).

  • Katoghike Church (Holy Mother of God Kathoghike Church, Սուրբ Աստվածածին Կաթողիկէ Եկեղեցի), crossroads of Sayat-Nova Ave. and Abovian St (: 'Yeritasardakan' 300 m). The oldest surviving church of Yerevan. It is a tiny structure constructed in typical Armenian style. Currently, the area of Katoghike (also named St Holy Mother of God) church is under construction: It is planned that a white stone based St Anne Monastery will be built, of which Katoghike church will be only a minor part.
  • Katoghike Tsiranavor Church of Avan (Ավանի Սուրբ Աստվածածին Կաթողիկե Եկեղեցի, Katoghike Tsiranavor church, later renamed Surp Hovhannes) (in Avan district). This is the city's oldest surviving church. Completed in 6th century.
  • St Gregory the Illuminator CathedralYervand Kochar St . Completed in 2001 to commemorate the 1700th anniversary of Armenia as a Christian nation. The holy relics of St Gregory the Armenian were given back to the Armenian Church by the Vatican in 2001 and placed in this cathedral. The building is a megalomaniacal exaggeration of traditional Armenian Church Architecture. As opposed to all other churches in Yerevan (and Armenia) the Cathedral is full of light and does not carry any stand for candles. The candle-house is a separate structure next door. However, the complex is vastly and visibly unfinished.
  • St Sargis Vicarial ChurchGalshoyan St (at the border of the city centre, on a picturesque gorge of Hrazdan River, : 'Yeritasardakan' 2 km). From the Victory Bridge (or alternatively the Brandy Factory building) there is a beautiful view on the church and surroundings (structures of different shades constructed in immediate proximity to the church during the Soviet years of forced secularisation). The church is always crowded. Usually there are also many young people as St Sargis (or St Sergius in Western churches) is the patron saint of young people and of lovers.
  • St Astvatsatsin of Nork (Holy Cross Church, Սուրբ Խաչ եկեղեցու), Nork-Marash (Նորք-Մարաշ) administrative district, near to Olimpos Educational Complex (The most convenient way for reaching the church is using Yerevan funicular. The funicular itself is a special experience. However the church is not immediately next to the funicular stop so you may need some help of the locals at the end. The entrance to funicular is at the crossroad of Nalbandian and Charents streets. The church is in the Nork district of Yerevan - the sleeping quarter of rich.). This is the replica of a beautiful 18th century St Holy Mother of God (Sb Astvatsatsin in Armenian) church destroyed during the Soviet years of forced secularisation. Because of the sudden death of the benefactor the church complex was never finished.
  • St John The Baptist Church (St Hovhannes Church), Saint Hovhanes Street(Southwest half km from : Marshal Baghramyan, near to Main Post Office). 

Landmarks

  • Erebuni FortressErebuni St.(Էրեբունի փող), 38 (: 'Sasuntsi David' 2 km), +374 10 432661. The excavations, recreations and museum of the nearly 3,000 year old fortress that established Yerevan. Fairly well (and maybe the best) preserved fortress of Urartian Period in Armenia.
  • Republic Square (Armenian: Հանրապետության Հրապարակ Russian: Площадь Республики) ( Republic Square). Make sure to see the main square. Though it never took the planned shape of the Grand Square of a perfect city of Tamanyan, it still can be considered the finest example of Soviet era architecture as far as squares go. The early buildings (the Houses of Government, the Ministry of Communications and the Marriott Hotel) are fine example of Neo-Classical architecture with Armenian hints. The buildings from later period (the Foreign Ministry and Art Gallery) are Modernist imitations of previous ones. Singing FountainsRepublic square. 21:00-23:00.Do not miss an evening with the Republic square Singing Fountains. From early Spring to late Autumn each evening there is a fountain and light show in front of the Art Gallery at the Republic square. The program includes some classical favourites, as well as contemporary jazz, rock and pop. It is free of charge.
  • Northern Avenue (M: 'Hanrapetutyan Hraparak (Republic Square)').Impossible to miss, this pedestrian avenue was just opened in 2008 connecting Opera with Republic Square, the two hubs of central Yerevan. It's a Post-Modern response to post-WWII Soviet Yerevan architecture. It is emerging as the shopping district, together with Sayat-Nova ave., Terian st., Tumanian st. and Abovian st.
  • Abovian street (Աբովյան Փողոց), Kentron district (M 'Yeritasardakan'). It's home to very few remaining Belle Époque period structures of Republican Armenia. Some gems of Art Nouveau, early Modern (constructivist and the like), and Moorish Revival style can be found in the backyards of Abovian, Nalbandian and Hanrapetutian streets. Most often they are in a very poor condition due to neglect. Hanrapetutian st. might get a special attention if you are not time constrained.
  • Freedom (or Theatrical) Square. North side of the square is the Opera House, followed by a park full of open air cafés on the West, from South it borders the Northern Avenue, and on the East the square slowly transforms into park with Swan Lake.
  • Mashtots avenueMashtots Ave (in the centre). It's the eight-lane highway of the city which somehow also accommodates a pedestrian zones on the sides (result of standard Soviet planning of main 'Prospekts'). It is overly noisy because of the heavy traffic (mostly unorganised public transportation) but the parts close to The Opera is a favourite hangout place for the locals. There are 2 buildings on the avenue which are well worth attention - Matenadaran and Blue Mosque.
    • Matenadaran. Houses the worlds largest collection of Armenian illuminated manuscripts, and one of the largest such collections of any kind in the world. A display room has a sampling of some of the finest works, and the additional cost of the guided tour is worthwhile. The building is dug into the hill and can withstand a nuclear attack.
    • Blue Mosque12 Mesrop Mashtots Ave (: Hanrapetutyan Hraparak).An 18th-century Shia Islamic Mosque, one of the extreme few surviving structures of a once (before Soviet secularisation) prospering Muslim community of Yerevan.
  • Cascades, Sculpture Park and Cafesjian Museum (Cafesjian Centre for the Arts), 10 Tamanyan Street+374 10 541932. Tu - Th 10:00 - 17:00, Fr - Su 10:00 - 20:00. The Sculpture Park is a small green zone in the immediate North of The Opera. Sculptures from Botero and other artists of international fame decorate the Park. The park itself is part of Cafesjian Museum - the Armenian version of Guggenheim. The main part of the museum is in the Cascades - an Art Deco version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon stretching nearly the height of the Empire State Building. It's a massive white stairway up a hillside of central Yerevan, decorated with green stretches, fountains and waterfalls. Higher level of the Cascades give a spectacular view of Mount Ararat and panorama of central Yerevan with its hilariously multi-colour roofs. The first floor and the bookstore of the museum as well as the indoor escalators to the top of the Cascades are free of charge. Adults 1,000 AMD, children under 12 - free.

Fountains

  • Fountain of Davit MonumentTigran Mets Ave (Near : Sasuntsi David metro station). Was built in 1948, cca. 460 sqm.
  • Fountain of Charles AznavourCharles Aznavour Square (Opp. to (Russian) Drama Theatre after Stanislavsky).
  • Water Pool of Park Yerıtasardakan.

Other

  • The Ararat Cognac Factory (Ararat Wine Brandy Vodka Factory Museum), 9 Argishti St, 9 Admiral Isakov ave,  +374 10 547048fax: +374 10 547-047, e-mail: . The oldest factory in Armenia. Offers tours and tasting.
  • Former Parliament. It was the government building of the First Republic of Armenia
  • Levon's Amazing Underground World (Levon Arakelyan's Magical Cave), Village Arinj 5th St, 9 (8 km from Yerevan on the way to Garni). Levon Arakelyan's wife asked him to dig a potato storage cellar, but instead of this he created a complex structure of stairs, corridors and rooms inside a rock. It took him 23 years to do this until he died in 2007. His wife now organises excursions showing these undergrounds.
  • Mother Armenia (Մայր Հայաստան հուշարձան), Victory Park, Saralanj Ave(: 'Yeritasardakan' 600 m). Erected in 1967, replacing the monumental statue of Joseph Stalin.
  • National Assembly of ArmeniaBaghramyan Ave. 24 (: 'Marshal Baghramyan'). Parliament building
  • Yerevan City Hall, Argishti St., 1.

Museums & Galleries

  • Aram Khachaturyan House Museum3 Zarobyan St.+374 10 589418.
  • The National Art GalleryRepublic Square. Located in the same building as the National History Museum. Features several floors full of mostly paintings, organized by their country of origin. The Armenian collection is the best and of very high quality, the Russian is quite good (Kandinsky, Serov, Chagall), and art lovers will enjoy the European collection as well.
  • History Museum of Armenia4 Republic Square,  +374 10 520691, e-mail: . Tue-Sat 11:00-18:00, Sun 11:00-17:00. A roundup of the nation's history from early settlements to the twentieth century. Lots of archaeological exhibits and pieces of art give an impression of each period. If you would like to move along the timeline then start at the top of the building. AMD 1000, usual discounts apply.
  • Cafesjian Museum of Modern Art (Cafesjian Centre for the Arts), 3 Tamanyan St. (North of France Square.),  +374 10 541932. A modern art museum, house to the collection of Gerard Cafesjian. It has Arshile Gorky, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall and other big names on display. The collection is very rich in Glass Art, has many pieces of Libenský-Brychtová couple, including special-made 'For Armenia' series. A separate floor is devoted to Swarovski Chandelier collection.
  • The City Museum of Yerevan, 1/1 Argishti Street (Right next to City Hall),  +374 10 568109. Presents all periods of the life in Yerevan starting from paleolithic settlements (50,000 years) to modern days. Ancient maps and the pictures of the lost city, pre-Soviet Erivan, are of special interest.
  • Contemporary Art MuseumMartiros Saryan St (North of the Blue Mosque).
  • Erebuni Museum of History (Էրեբունու թանգարան), Nubarashen St (At the foot of the Arin Berd hill,). 
  • Parajanov Museum, 15&16 Dzoragyugh 1st st.,  +374 10 538473. The House-Museum of Sergei Parajanov, a famous Soviet film director. The museum is best known for special Parajanov collages and art that everybody loves and enjoys. It is equally highly appreciated by children, teenage and most demanding art critic. Many highest level official informal meetings are conducted here. It is a must to see! Fee €2 and the guided tours €8.
  • Saryan MuseumSaryan 3. If you are a lover of bright colours and enjoy Expressionist Art then House Museum of Martiros Saryan is a place for you. It's a 3 floor structure, built during the lifetime of the artist, as his house and house for his heritage after his life. So most of the Museum is designed by the artist himself.
  • The Armenian Genocide Memorial (Genocide Museum & Tsitsernakaberd Monument) (on a hill above the city centre). A very austere monument dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Worth seeing. Tsitsernakaberd (meaning "Fortress of swallows") is probably best reached by taxi. Genocide Museum is home to French artist Jean Jansem's startling collection of paintings named Génocide.
  • Museum of WoodworkParonyan 2 (At a ring border of downtown). Houses some artifacts of Armenian historical wood carving culture (doors, furniture and the like) as well as wood-based sculptures of modern day artists.
  • Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum40 Moskovyan Street (E 200m from Saryan Museum),  +374 10 560021, e-mail: .Dedicated to renowned prominent thinker, writer, poet, fabulist and humanist Hovhannes Toumanian, with a total of 18000 exhibited items. Rooms of the Apartment are: Study Room, Guest Room, Dining Room, Children’s Room, Nvard Toumanian’s Room, Balcony, Olga’s Room,

Things to do

  • Hrazdan Gorge partying. Visit one of the themed restaurants in the Hrazdan Gorge to see the locals partying. The food does not tend to venture far from barbeque and crayfish, but it is usually good barbecue, and the prices range from very reasonable to the unreasonable. Check the prices on the hard liquor and wines before ordering a bottle if you’re price sensitive.
  • Climb the Cascades. (or take the escalator inside) one evening for the great views of the city and Mt. Ararat, then head across the street to the amusement park inside Victory Park for some cotton candy and a ride on the rickety ferris wheel.
  • Catch a concertmultiple. on the Cascades or the Lover's Park, and an art exhibition at Swan Lake park or Lover's Park.
  • Water park "AquaWorld"40 Myasnikyan Ave,  +374 10 638998. 12:00 – 21:00, indoor water park "Aquatek" is open all year round without holidays. A water park popular with the locals in the summers, it consists of a big open-air water park and a much smaller indoor one. Anybody can cool down there as in total it offers 7 outdoor and 3 indoor pools. There are also wall-climbing facilities. During winter time, the largest pool of the park is turned into an ice skating rink.
  • Yerevan Zoo (Zoological Garden of Yerevan), Myasnikyan St., 20,  +374 10 562362. Dec-Apr 10:00 - 17:30. Zoo is home to about 3,000 animals mainly representing South Caucasus and Armenia: bears, goats, snakes, Armenian mouflon and black vultures. Also from other parts of the world: lions, tigers, hyenas and an Asian elephants. It was upgraded and renovated to the modern standards back in 2014. Adult 800 AMD, children 12-16 years - 500 AMD, children 3-12 years - 300 AMD.
  • Spartak StadiumAgatangeghos St (: Zoravar Andranik 300 m).
  • Medical Procedures. Yerevan offers some world-class medical treatments for fraction of the price in the west. The most common are heart surgeries, fertility treatments, nose jobs, hair removal and laser eye surgery.

Parks

  • Botanical garden of Yerevan. The collection includes more than 200 species of endemic, rare and declining plants. However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union due to insufficient funds the condition of the park started declining and now it needs a lot of improvements.
  • Czerny Fountain Park (near Sayat-Nova and Khanjyan). One of most popular among the locals
  • Childrens railway parkHrazdan Gorge (Close to Parajanov Museum).
  • Children's Park (շարժապահեստ Մանկական), Kentron (: 'Zoravar Andranik' 700 m). Yet another beautiful remnant of Soviet urban planning in Yerevan. The park, opened in 1937, is situated in a gorgeous canyon of Hrazdan river and features a Children's railway. Though the park and the railway still function, most of the infrastructure is horribly deteriorated. On the other hand the deterioration gives the feeling of a 'ghost park from a fairy tale' even though it is always populated. To find it you will need directions from a local.
  • Circular park
  • English parkAlek Manukyan St
  • Park of Komitas Pantheon (Պանթեոն` Կոմիտասի), Arshakunyats Avenue(NW of Yerevan Train Station).
  • Lover's Park (Boghossian Gardens), Marshal Baghramyan Ave., ~21(: 'Marshal Baghramyan'), +374 10 224437, e-mail: . The oldest park of Yerevan. Recently renovated in tradition of Japanese landscaping with Armenian spirit. It often hosts open air art exhibitions and concerts. It is best reachable by metro, station 'Marshal Baghramian' - perhaps the most underused building and allegedly the best in Modernist style.
  • Lyon Park (Vardavar Park), Argishti, Sasuntsi Davit St (Vardavar Lake). 
  • Oghakadzev parkKhanjyan str (SE one km from : Republic Square).
  • Opera parkMesrop Mashtots Ave. Spend a late night at a café in the Opera park, and outside the Melody Café for some of the best people watching in Yerevan.
  • Paplavok Park (near Moscovyan and Teryan). Chill out in Yerevan Green Belt.
  • Saryan parkFrance square.
  • The Swan Lake parkTeryan St and Tumanyan St (: Yeritasardakan).ends with the controversial statue of the composer Arno Babajanyan, which already was majorly reshaped twice during the first year of its placement. The Swan Lake park usually hosts various open air art exhibitions. - Ice-skate with many locals at the Swan Lake (next to the Opera House) during winter months.
  • Tumanyan park (Along the Hrazdan River gorge). Part of its the Tumo Centre for Creative Technologies
  • Yerevan reservoir (Yerevanyan Lake), Admiral Isakov ave. (SW two km).Was built in 1963, total area is 57, 45 ha.
  • Victory Park. - Amusement park. Features a huge monument of Mother Armenia as well as some Soviet military equipment on display. Very nice view of the city centre.

Theaters

  • The Opera (the 'soft' centre of the city?). It is topped by the magnificent building of the Opera House. The building is perhaps modeled after SemperOper of Dresden, however it is supposed to be double as beautiful as the Yerevan building is two sided: One side (entrance from the Theatrical/Freedom square) is home to Opera and Ballet Theatre, while the street side houses the Khachaturian Concert Hall. - For music fans, attend cheap and excellent performances at the Opera and/or the Chamber Music Orchestra. If a national dance group is performing, don’t miss it.
  • Moscow theatreAbovyan St.
  • National Academic Theatre (English Park).
  • State Circus

Festivals and events

  • Vardavar is the pagan holiday of water (currently a church holiday). It is a summertime movable feast that is mostly enjoyed by virtually everyone, grown and child alike: litres of water is poured on everyone by everyone. Some parks have administered events. 15 July 2012.
  • Trndez is the pagan holiday of fire (currently a church holiday). It is observed on the February 13. Huge bonfire can be observed in each courtyard with people merrily singing around, youngsters jumping over and the like.
  • Yerevan Birthday is celebrated on the second Saturday of each October. That's usually a huge event, with central Yerevan being pedestrian only: many stages all over the city for theatrical or music (usually thematic - ethnic minorities, folk, jazz, rock, pop and classics) performances with a culmination on Republic square.
  • Golden Apricot. Is a fairly well established international film festival, usually held in July. Armenians take pride in it.
  • ReAnimania. Is an emerging international animated film festival. It is held in Autumn.

For a schedule of events taking place in Yerevan, go to Yevista website.

Nightlife


Nightclubs

In Yerevan there are plenty of nightclubs, pubs, karaoke and strip clubs. Popular nightclubs are mainly in the centre, with longtime standby’s such as Atlantic, Relax,Astral and Club One usually full on the weekends.

  • Opera Club54, Tumanyan St (the basement of the Opera building),  +374 10 541222. 13:00-18:00, 19:00-12:00. Males: 1,000 AMD.
  • Kami Club18, Abovyan st (near Moscow cinema),  +374 10 519020
  • Champs-Élysées ClubNorthern Av.
  • Ego ClubKuryun st (Citadel Business Central Area).
  • The ClubTumanyan st.
  • Tochka Club1/1 Baghramyan Ave (Opera Area), +374 10 500441. From 21:00. Males: 2,000 AMD.
  • Stop ClupMoscovyan street, 37 Moskovian Str.,  +374 10 560780
  • Tornado Club (Bangladesh area).
  • UPtown, 19A, Koryun St (Big residential building with few other bars, discos and shops on 1st floor, enter through the small dark backyard in the right half of the facade; you will hear the music from the street), +374 95 192991. 23:00-02:00. Cozy basement bar / dark night club packed on weekends with 25-35 years behaved and fun loving crowd, full dance floor and some tables, contemporary pop-rock-dance-live music, national anthem at midnight and friendly bartenders who occasionally might join dancing with you on the bar.

Strip clubs

Yerevan night Life is famous for its strip clubs

  • Omega Club59 Teryan street. Upscale, pricey, well known and long established.
  • Pyramida Club20/2 Sayat-Nova st.
  • Charlotte Cabaret25 Baghramyan Ave+374 10 277020. from 18:00.
  • Dinoul ClubBaghramyan st.
  • Cherry ClubLeningradyan st
  • Safari Club. Set of Clubs, Republic Square area and a new club on Arshakunyats Street, one of those branches is in Deghatan St., Shahumyan Sq.
  • Club Delise15A Amiryan St.
  • Ella ClubsArshakunyats Ave., 59 Building,  +374-10-444292.
  • Galaxy ClubAmirian St (near the Marriott).
  • Manhattan Club (just off Republic Square essentially behind the Foreign Ministry building, Abovyan st, Byuzand st).

Karaoke clubs

  • Mama-Mia. Large chain of karaoke clubs.
  • 7NotesSayat-Nova st.
  • IcebergNorthern ave.
  • 96 ClubSayat-Nova st.

Things to know


People

Yerevan is a very homogeneous city, though tiny Yezidi and Molokan (Russian) minorities exist. Because the population of the city was only 20,000 a century ago, the vast majority of the Armenians are immigrants themselves, from all over the world. From the villages and towns of Armenia, from Tbilisi which was the centre of Eastern Armenian culture before 1918, from Western Armenia as genocide survivors poured in, and even from the middle east and Europe in a large, post-WWII wave of immigration. Since independence, the city has become the heart of the entire Armenian world, as the divisive communist governments demise has allowed the Diaspora – larger in number than the population of Armenia itself, to embrace the city as its own.


Religion

Many visitors will be surprised to know that Armenia is not just an outcrop of Christianity in the Caucasus, but it is the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion. The king declared Christianity the state religion in 301 AD. Christianity has been uninterruptedly practiced in Armenia ever since in its own traditions.

The One Holy Catholic Apostolic Orthodox Armenian Church, or just Apostolic Church, is the National Church of Armenia. It is very traditional; in practices (but not history) is similar to both Orthodox and Catholic movements as well as to the Reformed Churches, e.g. the Church of England. At the same time the Armenian Apostolic Church has some strikingly different practices, like allowing animal sacrifices or not celebrating Christmas. (On January 6 Armenians celebrate Theophany that is usually mistranslated as Christmas, while Annunciation - the day when the Blessed Virgin Mary got pregnant, celebrated on April 7 - may be considered a better substitute for Christmas than Theophany is.)

The great majority of Armenians identify themselves as Apostolic Christians and have their own Catholicos (religious leader, like the Pope for Catholics). Today, the vast majority of Armenians do not attend church each Sunday, with visits revolving around weddings and baptisms, or occasionally dropping in to light a candle. Soviet restructuring of the city left Yerevan with very few churches: Currently some new ones are being built, and old ones rehabilitated.

The Protestant (Evangelical) Armenians are rather few in number with only one church on Nar-Dos street. Anglican (Episcopal) Christians used to congregate at St Zoravor church for Sunday Eucharist, however shortly after stopped the practice due to extreme small size of the community (and the fact that both Armenian Apostolic Church and Anglican Communion adhere to the concept of one baptism and welcome each other's members to celebrate Eucharist together).

Orthodox Christians currently maintain one church in Kanaker district of Yerevan. A new, large-scale, onion-domed Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Cross is under construction at Yerevan Lake district, visible from the highway coming from the airport. However, this will have mostly symbolic structure as the Orthodox Christians are very few in number.

Assyrians do not have church in Yerevan per se, but rather in the villages around Yerevan.

Yezidi (a religious and ethnic minority in Armenia) religious rituals, as most of that religion, are kept secret. So no Yezidian practice can be observed easily in Yerevan.

Muslims are steadily growing in numbers since the collapse of the Soviet State, fueled by the Iranian immigration. There is currently one Mosque on Mashtots Ave.

Many Christian sects are also present in Yerevan, and they congregate in schools, sport clubs, concert halls and the like.


Smoking

Smoking may appear to be the national pastime, and indeed, Armenia has one of the highest rates of smoking in all of Europe. To avoid the smoke, stick to restaurants with outdoor seating, let your taxi driver know it is not okay to smoke, and sit near the door when in a smokier café, and ask to have it left open when possible. Some restaurants have non smoking sections, but rarely is there separate ventilation. Yum-Yum Donuts is strictly non-smoking, and Melody café has a walled off section for non-smoking all year round. Artbridge and Twinings have separate rooms for non-smokers. Map of non-smoking places in Yerevan.


Tourist Office

As of December 2014, no tourist information office exists in Yerevan. The reception of Marriott hotel at Republic square is very helpful and will give you free maps of the city and the country by request.

18+ (Adult only)

Strip clubs

Yerevan night Life is famous for its strip clubs

  • Omega Club59 Teryan street. Upscale, pricey, well known and long established.
  • Pyramida Club20/2 Sayat-Nova st.
  • Charlotte Cabaret25 Baghramyan Ave+374 10 277020. from 18:00.
  • Dinoul ClubBaghramyan st.
  • Cherry ClubLeningradyan st
  • Safari Club. Set of Clubs, Republic Square area and a new club on Arshakunyats Street, one of those branches is in Deghatan St., Shahumyan Sq.
  • Club Delise15A Amiryan St.
  • Ella ClubsArshakunyats Ave., 59 Building,  +374-10-444292.
  • Galaxy ClubAmirian St (near the Marriott).
  • Manhattan Club (just off Republic Square essentially behind the Foreign Ministry building, Abovyan st, Byuzand st).

Safety in Yerevan

 

Very High / 8.9

Safety (Walking alone - day)

High / 7.5

Safety (Walking alone - night)

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