24 Hours in Yerevan

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Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, is a charming blend of European and Soviet-era architecture, oriental hospitality, and unique local traditions – and all this comes with almost 300 sunny days a year! Don’t worry if your trip schedule is tight: compact and tourist friendly, the city can be explored in just 24 hours, if you plan well. Just follow the guidelines suggested by Yerevan-based travel blogger Sirvard Amatuni, and relish every moment of your trip.

 

6:00

Set your alarm to behold the beauty of Mount Ararat at sunrise, which can be seen from almost every corner of the city. Tinted with terracotta and pink, it’s breathtaking.


7:00

Have a traditional Armenian breakfast. As cappuccino is for Italians, a cup of black ground coffee made in a uniquely tasty way is the first morning ritual for locals.


9:00

Saunter in charming Abovyan Street, which houses the oldest edifices in the city, including the early medieval Katoghike Church. Shop for souvenirs at Dalan Art Gallery.


11:00

Head to Vernissage open-air market to marvel at the mastery of Armenian craftsmen. A piece of fine silver jewellery or a carpet made by local artisans make popular gifts.


13:00

Have a light lunch in one of the Jazzve chain of cafés or Retro Café – all are sure to have spas (yoghurt soup) on their menus. Pick a cold or warm version, depending on the weather.


14:00

Stroll to Republic Square, which houses government buildings, the Museum of History of Armenia, and the National Gallery, to discover more about the country’s history and culture.


17:00

Immerse yourself in the local eating culture at one of Yerevan’s taverns, where you’ll find tolma (stuffed vine leaves), flatbread with zhengyal (wild herbs), and kiufta (meatballs).


19:00

Take a walk in ultra-modern Cascade Park, and visit the Cafesjian Center for the Arts inside the ‘cascade’. Don’t forget to ascend to the top for the city’s most stunning panoramic view.


21:00

Dip into the city’s vibrant nightlife by checking out Mezzo Classic House or The Club. Here you can have some laid-back time listening to live jazz or blues over supper.

 


Getting Around

Metro

Yerevan Metro boasts unique designs and local colour. Just buy a token on the spot.


Buses

Buses and microbuses run up to midnight on a fixed schedule.


Walk

Yerevan city centre, where all the major sights are located, is pleasantly walkable.


Taxi

Hail taxis in the street, or pre-book specialised services. Taxis are cheap, starting at US$3–4.

 


Yerevan, Armenia
Distance: 1,791 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 55 minutes
Frequency: 4 times a week

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