Tehran – the pearl of the Middle East and the ancient capital of the Persian Empire – attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists not only for its rich history and architectural monuments but also with its national cuisine. Teheran is a real paradise for gourmets: in the capital, there are concentrated numerous cafes and restaurants, teahouses and hookah-bars, in which visitors can get acquainted with the national cuisine, which is an integral element of Iran’s culture. Today we will talk about the most atmospheric cafes in Tehran, where you can leisurely enjoy all the delights of Oriental cuisine.
Cafe Gol Rezaieh
Address: 30, Si-Tir Street, opposite the Museum of Glass and Ceramics
Cafe Gol Rezaieh is located in central Tehran, directly opposite the Glass and Ceramics Museum, and is considered a symbolic place with its own special character and history as one of the oldest in the capital. The coffee house, founded more than seven decades ago, initially gained a reputation as an intellectual club for local youth, artists, writers, and journalists who liked to gather and conduct discussions over a cup of fragrant coffee. The interior of the cafe is uncomplicated: walls are densely decorated with photographs of western and local celebrities which were iconic for the period.
Address: Iranian Art Garden Museum, Elahiyeh
Cafe Shemroon is one of the most picturesque and popular cafes of Tehran. A distinctive feature of the cafe is its location. It is located on the territory of the Iranian Art Garden Museum in Elahiyeh. Cafe Shemroon offers its visitors an excellent selection of teas, coffees, desserts and European menus. After a walk in the park, where, among other things, the models of the most famous architectural structures of Iran are exhibited, you can enjoy fragrant freshly brewed coffee on the terrace and admire the surrounding nature.
The chain of Lamiz coffeehouses with already 5 shops throughout the city is one of the most popular in the modern capital. Lamiz prides itself on its high-quality coffee beans, imported from different parts of the world, and a relaxed but professional atmosphere. This cozy coffee-shop is especially adored by the Iranian youth, students, and tourists. Especially popular are two branches: one in the area of Tajrish bazaar and the other on the top floor of the Ghuyem shopping center.
Traditional Chaykhona, Tajrish Bazaar
Chaykhona has always been one of the most cult places in Iran. Traditional chaykhona is an indivisible component of Iranian culture. One of these unique teahouses is located on the territory of Tajrish Bazaar. This delightful two-storey building is constructed according to all the traditions of the tea house: a wooden structure, floors covered with colorful Persian carpets and cushions, on which you can sit back and unwind to sip fragrant tea.
Address: Jomhouri Street, Tehran
Café Naderi is known in the city as a former intellectual club of writers of the mid-twentieth century of Iran. Leading modernist writers and thinkers of the 1940s and 1950s, such as Sadeq Hediyat, Simin Daneshvar and Jalal al-Ahmad, were once regulars of this cafe and loved to share great thoughts over a cup of tea or coffee. To date, Naderi coffee house is more like a tourist attraction, however, even in this old-fashioned and quaint place excellent Turkish coffee is served. And thanks to the old waiters, who certainly remember the flourishing times, unforgettable impressions are ensured!
Art Café of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Laleh Park
One of the must-see places in the capital of Iran is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Built in the 1970s, the museum contains more than an impressive collection of works by the greatest artists, including Picasso, Dali, Monet, Bacon and Warhol. On the ground floor of the museum, there is an art cafe, where the spirit of modernism and culture is hovering. It is a perfect place to socialize with the art, to mingle with locals and tourists, or to hide away from the bustle of the city with a good book.