Arqayadzor is one of the best restaurants in Armenia.It does not lack the armenian atmosphere.The food is great , but little bit expensive for me. I hope they will change their price policy in future.
In a country that prides itself on its barbecue, Artashi Mot is on everyones shortlist for best BBQ.
This former hole in the wall has remodeled, added a fancy second floor, and does a mean takeout business. Using the best ingredients, and barbecuing things others don't bother, Artash has built his reputation the old fashioned way, and word of mouth has made his work famous.
The must-try barbecues you won't find elsewhere are the mushroom (with a dollop of butter) and veal - but the fish, pork and chicken are also excellent. Make sure you get the tomato and greens sauce for dipping your bread into, and putting on some of your bbq. You'll also enjoy the piti - a baked lamb soup dish with delicious spices. They do have vegetables too - and of course you can get them barbecued (tomato, eggplants) or in a salad (tomato and cucumber).
Whatever you get, you'll enjoy it.
Favorite Dish: The horti (veal) is incredibly soft, juicy and delicious - and in Armenia, veal is not raised in pens or fed a special diet, so this is the place to try it. The barbecued mushrooms will have you trying to make them when you get back home...
This restaurant in the heart of Yerevan is 4 stories tall, and totally decked out in different Armenian themes. Take a look around before deciding where to sit, and ask about the traditional singers, dancers and musicians that perform nightly in traditional costumes. The entire atmosphere is like old Armenia and the food - while a bit more expensive than some other places - is good.
The president of Armenia often brings his guests here, and most visitors find their way here eventually as well. So don't miss it. Going with a bigger group is more fun, and drinking and dancing by many of the guests adds to the atmosphere. Drinking will bump up the bill noticeably.
Favorite Dish: Most of the dishes are good. The khorovats and fish are most popular.
2005 - With this trip I went to a few restaurants and cafes. I still say there are great restaurants and cafes with great prices! At least in Yerevan. I can?t say the same thing about the parts of the country though.
2000 - I visited many restaurants around town in Yerevan and I loved the food in every one of them. One of the most memorabvle ones was Old Yerevan which had really good food and entertainment.
When traveling around Armenia, there is no need to bring along food. There are many roadside "cafes" along the highways that sell khorovatz and snacks. Of course, the food is delicious and almost free.
Probably the only restarant in Alaverdi if not counting khachapouri stands etc. The guidebook says that the owner can also arrange homestays but it's difficult to imagine this due to language barrier. Obviously the staff speaks Armenian only and when I arrived the whole personnel came and we could hardly communicate with their combined Russian. They din't bring me a menu but offered me a shashlik with salad and 0.5 l of Djermuk (mineral water). Maybe the lunch time was too early although a tourist group ate there at the same time. If you're on foot just just go accross a hanging footbridge near the centre of Alaverdi (near bus and cable car station) go past a stadium and a small swimming pool, turn left, a couple of meters and it's on your right, although not marked you can't miss it. By car go accross the double bridge of the road to Sanahin, immediately after the bridge turn left and drive about 1 km.
Favorite Dish: As I mentioned previously they offered me a shashlik,, Armenian salad, cheese, bread, lavash and Djermuk. When I finished I was also offered a cup of coffee. Anyway the food was delicious, the staff tried to be nice (even the main cook wished me a good apetite) and it cost 1500 drams (3 $), less than it would be in Yerevan.
I am an ice-cream lover and was happily surprised to find so many places selling ice-cream in Armenia. In Yerevan it is for sale everywhere.
Waiting for the bus at the busstation in Vandazor I bought ice-cream from the woman on the picture.
ArtBridge Cafe is a nice place inside a bookshop (with books in English). When I was there there was an artexhebition with paintings by two Armenian artists hanging on the wall.
They serve breakfast, sandwiches and pasta.
As an example I give you the price of the things I ordered:
Armenian coffee 300 drams
Instant coffee 400 drams
Bread, butter and jam 300 drams
Pancakes (with few strawberrys) 850 drams
Sandwich with fried eggplant and goatcheese (served with tortilla chips) 1050 drams
Marco Polo is a restaurant on Abovian Street with a large popular outdoor area. There is a lot of different things to choose from: snacks, pizzas, European and Caucasian food and dessers. The bowl with strawberry ice-cream and fresh strawberrys is delisious.
The price is not too expensive and the food good. The music can be a bit loud though.
This is what I paid for two meals (including the tip):
3300 drams for lambkebab, french fries, tabuleh (lebanese sallad) and 7-up.
188 drams for two lamadju (Armenian thin pizzas with minced meat), tabuleh, bread and Sprite.
1 dollar = 585 drams
De vor tchisht asem es @nde restorant chem tese de saxsel gitenc vor tents baner@ shat
djzvarer Hayastanum anel@ vortev deee pox chkar ban chkar. baits de mer Utelic@ amena lavna eli im hamar asenc xosci xorovats, xash.
Favorite Dish: de arten asetsi eli.
The Artbridge cafe and bookstore on Abovian has a great atmosphere along with western staples like french toast and omelettes. The coffe and tea are excellent.
Favorite Dish: French toast
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