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12 Best Things to Do in Yerevan, Armenia

Sucheta Pradhan Jun 30, 2020
Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is one of those off the beaten track destinations. But once you get into the city, you sure are in for a lot of thrills and spills. Here are some of the best things to do in Yerevan while on a trip there!
Walk across the Republic Square …
… the iconic civic center of Yerevan adorned with impressive pink buildings and stunning dancing fountains. If you want to catch the vibe of the city, this is the place to be!
Ascend up the Cascade …
… the most recognizable landmark of Yerevan. For art lovers, this place is the treasure trove with beautiful art displays at every level. The splendid garden in front of it will totally amaze you!
Picnic in Yerevan’s Parks …
…with your friends and family. The city boasts several parks where you can just take your shoes off and relax. Lovers’ Park is the oldest and the most popular one, but there are also other like English Park, Tumanyan Park, and Buenos Aires Park.
See the Katoghike Church …
… Yerevan’s oldest church dating back to 1264 A.D. Its medieval architecture will simply mesmerize you. Located right in the Kentron District of Yerevan, the city’s center, this church is hard to miss.
Marvel at the Beauty of Blue Mosque …
… the only functioning mosque in Yerevan. Managed and maintained by the Iranian Embassy in Yerevan, this mosque is embellished with beautiful mosaics, which will blow your mind.
Pay Homage at the Tsitsernakaberd …
… the Armenian Genocide Memorial. This museum features 12 concrete slabs symbolizing 12 Armenian provinces, now in Turkey. An eternal flame burns inside the memorial commemorating the 1915 genocide’s 1.5 million victims.
Discover Armenia’s History at Matenadaran …
… Yerevan’s museum of history, literature, art, and philosophy. Outside the building, there is a statue of Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of Armenian script. Inside, there are plenty of ancient manuscripts from the world over.
Explore the Famous Vernissage Market …
… located in Yerevan’s central Charles Aznavour Square. This vibrant flea market hosts local artisans and craftsmen who sell their original artwork, alomgside amazing antiques and beautiful Caucasian carpets.
Buy Sounenirs on Northern Avenue …
… the pedestrian-only street with Yerevan’s most upscale shops and great independent retail outlets. Buy souvenirs like hand-painted ceramics, Soviet memorabilia, and Armenian textiles here!
Scout the GUM Market …
… for some fresh Armenian produce and non-perishable souvenirs like candied fruits, spices, and sujukh – a candy-dipped nut treat. You can also learn how to make Lavash, the famous Armenian flatbread, at the GUM Market.
Treat yourself to some Armenian Food …
… that you’ll never forget. Try authentic dishes like dolma –minced meat wrapped in grape leaves, harissa – wheat and meat porridge, and khash – beef or lamb feet slow-cooked all night. Don’t forget to accompany your food with some Lavash!
Go Brandy Tasting …
… at Armenia’s oldest brandy company, Ararat. Its distillery is open for public tours, which include a visit to their in-house museum, walk around the old cellar, and brandy tasting.