24 Hours in Yerevan
Written by Sirvard Amatuni
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Yerevan Metro boasts unique designs and local colour. Just buy a token on the spot.
Buses and microbuses run up to midnight on a fixed schedule.
Yerevan city centre, where all the major sights are located, is pleasantly walkable.
Hail taxis in the street, or pre-book specialised services. Taxis are cheap, starting at US$3–4.
Distance: 1,791 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 55 minutes
Frequency: 4 times a week