If your traveling in Esfahan they you'll most likley get hungry, and often! Here's a list of the best restaurants with useful information and directions how to get there.
Shahrzad has tall windows with intricate mirror ornaments and is beautifully furnished. It's a popular place recommended in Lonely Planet for a nice traditional meal. Shahrzad has a lively atmosphere and an agreeable selection of traditional Iranian dishes. It also has a good selection for vegans’ – which isn’t usually available in Iranian restaurants.
Address: Abbas Abad Street, Esfahan, Iran,
Phone: +98 31 3220 4490
Khan Gostar Restaurant
Khangostar is a restaurant on the ground floor of Jolfa Hotel in Jolfa neighbourhood– Esfahan’s Armenian district. Khangostar comes up on a range of lists as a place that’s worth visiting for traditional food in Esfahan it’s clean, efficient, and the most importantly, serves excellent traditional dishes. It's set up cafeteria style with large plates of rice, chicken, fish, kebabs. There are also vegetation options. I'm a fan of the tachin barreh, which is a rice cake with slow cooked lamb shank garnished with bayberries and nuts. The self-service salad bar which is great for vegetarians.
Phone: +98 311 627 8989
If you want to escapes the same groups of tourists you see everywhere you go, head to Khayyam Restaurant (Restoran-e Khayyam) in Jolfa. A cheap and cheerful kebabi which is popular with the locals, you can get a juicy joojeh or koobideh kebab.
Address: Nazar Street, Jolfa, Esfahan, Iran
Bastani Traditional Restaurant
In the proximity of Naqsh-e Jahan Square this is one of the restaurants you’ll likely see walking around the bazaar. This place appears in most guide books due to it's size, great selection of foods and atmosphere. The food isn't bad either, however there are better specialty restaurants for traditional Isfahani food.
This one is the most popular restaurant in city specialized in cooking Beryani. It’s worth experiencing before you leave Esfahan. There are three branches of this restaurants across the city.
Kamal Esmael Branch: Kamal Esmael Branch, near Khajoo Bridge, beside gas station.
Darvaze Dowlat Branch: Darvaze Dowlat
Masjed seyed St. Bracnh: next to Post office, in front of Tayeb St., Masjed Seyed St.
Breakfasts and The Best Coffee
Alright, we know you're missing coffee and Iran doesn't have any good ones. WRONG! Here's a list of a few trendy ones with comfortable settings to give you that great aroma caffeine fix.
- Tourist Tea House (Hole in the local cafe near Shah/ Imam Mosque)
- Pounak Chocolate and Coffee (Near Jolfa Armenian Quarters)
- Moustache Cafe (Sibil) Esfahan (Near Nagshe Jahan Square)
- Radio Cafe Esfahan (Near Royal Gardens)
- Azadegan Cafe (more like an antiques museum in the bazaar).
- Naghshe Jahan Teahouse (There are two nice cafe's here, but upstairs is a popular traditional teahouse).
If you want to try a smoke pipe - Persian Style (aka next to old men with long mustaches). Then don't miss Azadegan: there are two sections, one for local smokers, and the other for tourists. Don't be afraid and go mingle!