The Tehran Grand Bazaar is the biggest in Iran with rich culture and history inside. The maze of bustling alleys and the bazaaris (shopkeepers) that fill them make Tehran Bazaar a fascinating experience.
The old bazaar in Tehran Iran is the beating heart of the country when it comes to it's people. The bazaar has been active for around 1000 years. The old public Friday Mosque and bathhouse is located here when Tehran expanded 10km north of the ancient city of Rey. Read the Story of Tehran to find out more.
The Grand Bazaar of Tehran is a place where national trade is discussed along with it's politics, and not surprising where past revolutions have started. Proud families have passed down their stores here for generations. You will also find every category of product and commodity has it's own street, but what usually interests tourists the most is the old Bazaar Architecture, peeping into the Khomeini Mosque, tracing the old City Walls. And if navigating deep enough into the bazaar you might find the remains of an Armenian Church. Just try not to get lost!
Grand Bazaar of Tehran: Merchants, suppliers, and traders of Iran's largest bazaar.
Fifteen More Reasons to Visit Tehran
These are just some of the most famous places to visit in Tehran, but there are many more surprises in the city.
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, has comfortable rooms, and is more affordable 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.
Of the Best Restaurants in Tehran, not far away from the city centre is the popular Gol Rezaeieye Cafe serving great traditional Iranian 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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