Honarmandan Park , or Artists Park in Tehran Iran is a place full of surprises: whether it be the public art displays, the veggie forum cafe, or the former U.S. Embassy around the corner. It's a popular Tehran tourist attraction.
If there is a park in Tehran that is famous for local artists and progressives, it's Honarmandan Park (Honar/ Art | Honarmandan/ Artists). It's a place to find a public art gallery and meet young Tehrani's in the House of the Artists, it's also a good place to try healthier food options at the Veggie Restaurant and Cafe. That's right, artists Park in Tehran Iran has a cafe restaurant located above beautiful Iranshahr Theatre serving healthy treats, and the balcony views of the Cafe Gallery makes it hard to beat. As a result it's the perfect place to relax and soak up the scene. The cafe serves pastas, salads, burgers and toasted sandwiches.
Once finished exploring the park, stroll just around the corner to the US Den of Espionage. If this sounds anti-western and intimidating, well quite simply it's not. The walls are full of street graffiti, highlighting the local feelings towards the controversial foreign activities that occurred here. Probably the worst aspects were coordinated from the bunker beneath the building; the CIA created the coup d'etat in 1953 that brought down the extremely popular democratic government of Mossadegh. He was the 1951 Times Man of the Year who nationalized the oil industry during the colonial heyday, yet the events that followed bolstered the Last Shah to the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Ugly politics is nothing new to Iran, nor is Iran's cultural eye into the Middle East. Discover something new in Tehran: with lots of galleries around, Artists Park in Tehran is an art hub in the region.
These are just some of the most famous places to visit in Tehran. But the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
The best way to discover Tehran is to hire an experienced local tour guide. Either compare the packaged Iran tours or join a cheap Tehran Walking Tour to learn about it's rich history and inspiring culture. You'll get more information of the places to visit in Tehran with an experienced local tour guide.
My favorite luxury hotels in Tehran are the 5 Star Espinas Hotel and Parsian Azadi Hotel Tehran (ex-Grand Hyatt Hotel prior to revolution), both with professional staff and great views from different parts of Tehran. Double rooms start from US $230 and $250 respectively, including breakfast.
Decent 4 Star Hotels also include Niloo Hotel and Escan Hotel. Or for more budget options, the 3 Star Rated Mashad Hotel is right next to Taleghani Metro and provides comfort at US $130 for a double, including breakfast. Otherwise Iran Central Hotel (Hotel Markazi), Firouzeh Hotel, and Golestan Hotel Tehran are also some of the better budget options under $80/night.
There are also Hostels in Tehran from $10 U.S. per night for the budget travellers.
Of the Best Restaurants in Tehran, not far away from the city centre is the popular Gol Rezaeieye Cafe serving great traditional Persian meals in a cute and hip American diner setting. Dizi Restaurant is also rated highly on Trip Adviser for a great stew, or Coffeeshop and Veggie Restaurant serves only vegetarian meals if that's more you (conveniently near Artists Park in Tehran). Or if you're in northern Tehran near Darband, Tehran SPU Restaurant is highly recommended. But for a great cup of coffee checkout Romaan Book Cafe near the Italian Embassy (what a perfectly match).
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