The Vernissage Market is Armenia's largest open air flea market. It started in the 1980's as a kind of artwork exhibition, but quite soon expanded to a flea market. On offer are craft items, carpets, embroidery, souvenirs and all sorts of old things from books and coins to jewelry.
For me it was the only place in Yerevan where I found some postcards to send back home. In addition, I even bought an old postcard set about "Soviet Armenia", which cost me 1000 AMD.
The Vernissage market can be found in Yerevan's city centre. It takes place a park between Buzand and Arami Street, just behind the metro station "Hanrapetutyan Hraparak".
- Budget Travel
SAS SUPERMARKET: EASY - 24 HOURS A DAY
Need a some local sausage and mustard with a a bottle of beer at 3am? Then pop into one of 7 SAS Supermarkets! These places are awesome. A very food selection of fresh food, canned goods, household products and health & beauty products wait you. 24 hours a day - every day - across Yerevan. SAS was founded in 1995 and I woul love to shake the hand of the Managing Director, Samvel Gzraryan.
The staff are friendly, helpful and quite a few speak English as well. The best part is their location on the central street of Tumanyan does currency exchange and has an HSBC bank ATM.
These places are packed with goods, there is never a line at the checkout and you can go in the middle of the night if you need to. And the prices are very reasonable.
Get in there!
several shops around town: ararat brandy
The best Armenian cognac is supposed to be Ararat, from the Yerevan Brandy Company, which can be bought in several shops all over town as well as from the distillery plant itself.
What to buy: Armenian cognacs are aged 6 to 70 years and are from 40 to 57 alcohol proof. The usual ones are aed up to 20 years, but it is also possible to find, with some luck and plenty of money some rarities... like Erebuni (25 years), Kilikia (30 years), Sparapet (40 years) and the very special Noah's Ark (70 years).
What to pay: For simpler cognacs about 15-30 dollars
- Road Trip
Fruits and sweets
The Market (shuka) on Mashtots is a place where you can buy vegetables, fruits (it was strawberry season when I was there - very delicious) and Armenian sweets. Different kind of nuts, honey, raisins and figs are often used in the sweets. I bought some tasty sweets that had been made by threading walnuts on a string than repeatedly dipping it in grape juice (it was more tasty then the ones I tried in Turkey).