Things to do in Tehran, Iran September 11, 2019 TEHRAN City Guide: Top things to do Tehran is amazing to explore, from the incredible sights, sounds and smells of the bazaars, to the complex, intricate history of the museums. There’s more than enough to fill a few days in the city centre alone. These are just some of our favourites. Food Culture Shop Avoid TEHRAN City Guide: Things to do Tehran is amazing to explore, from the incredible sights, sounds and smells of the bazaars, to the complex, intricate history of the museums. There’s more than enough to fill a few days in the city centre alone. These are just some of our favourites. Food Culture Shop Avoid Food Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Sharaf Al-Eslami Restaurant The place to go when you’re near the Grand Bazaar. Massive queues, this is more chaos than cosy, but for good reason. Turnaround time is quick and the food is excellent. Eat Tahchin (rice cake) or Baghali polo (rice with dill, chicken) Google Map Link. Azari Traditional Tea House If you’re on the SC tour, we’ll go here for dinner. If not, seek out this brilliant restaurant for the house specialty- Dizi (slow cooked lamb, potato & chickpea) eaten in a particular Persian way. Delicious! Google map link 30th Tir St A street full of Iranian food and coffee trucks. Located near the National Museum, great place for a snack or hipster coffee. Lots of small dishes to try, sweets to taste and locals to guide you the way. Google Map Link. Lamiz Cafe Located near Tajrish, this is where you go for a serious coffee. Very cool interior and hipster vibe, these guys love their coffee. And so will you. Google map link Koohpayeh – Darband Darband is located in the north of Tehran. If the weather is right, there is a plethora of outdoor dining options. Worth going for a stroll and seeing what jumps out at you. You’ll be spoilt for choice. Google Map Link. Gandi Shopping Centre This is where the cool kids hang out. Two levels of boutique shops and a few cafes that are worth having a look through if you’re in the area. Google map link Culture Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Former US embassy We’ll make every effort to visit as part of the SC adventure, but if you’re not on tour with us, make the time. You’ll be given a young guide to explain what he’s been taught to say from the govt’. Take it all in your stride. It’s fascinating to learn the other side of history. Map link here. Grand Bazaar Allow some time to get lost in here. It’s a bit of a labyrinth and a lot of fun. Equally amazing for it’s architecture and history as it is for it’s shopping opportunities. Be open to the idea of a carpet, clothes, jewelry and some great souveniers. Map link. Golestan Palace The lavish, UNESCO heritage listed palace complex boasts some 17 structures, including palaces, gardens and halls. Built in the 17th century, this is opulence at its grandest. An amazing window into the Persian empire. Map link here. Iran Ebrat Museum Also known as the ‘torture’ museum, this complex has a series of wax figures demonstrating the torture endured by the Shah on political prisoners. You’ll be assigned a guide (no English), who is a former prisoner to show you around. Map link here. Imamzadeh Saleh- Tajrish One of the most impressive mosques in Tehran, this complex houses the tomb of Saleh. Located in Tajrish, next to the bazaar, this is a great place to experience inside your first mosque in Iran. The locals are very welcoming. Map link here. Tabiat Bridge A great tribute modern architecture, this 270m bridge connects two nature parks. The area is popular with locals and is littered with eating options. A great place to spend an afternoon away from the concrete of Tehran. Map link here. Shopping Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Tajrish bazaar Much smaller than the Grand Bazaar, but no less detailed. Definitely worth checking out Imamzadeh Saleh mosque, getting a coffee at Lamiz and wandering around the bazaar for an afternoon. map link. Friday Flea market- Jomeh Bazaar Only open on Fridays (when the Grand Bazaar is closed) this s a great place to go and shop for everything you didn’t know you wanted! Popular with locals and an eclectic collection of Iranian treasures. Map link. Homewares- Zeeen For the more modern and stylish, located near the Palladium hypermarket, Zeen homewares has everything from plates, vases and even furniture. Touch of Persia with Western influences. Website and map link. Bike Shop Don’t go out of your way as such, but if you’re missing something you think you need that’s bike related, this is a good place to start. Due to sanctions, it’s not always easy to get the latest of everything but there’s a decent range of Merida here. Map link. Avoid Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share on email Getting your pockets picked It’s not common, but it can happen. Violent crime is extremely rare, but in crowded places, pockets can be picked and phones can be snatched. Just keep bag zips closed and wallets in front pockets. Giving a thumbs up Not so relevant anymore, but 30 years ago, this was considered the Western equivalent of a middle finger. Most, if not all people in Iran now know that if a Westerner makes this symbol, it’s made with positive intentions. Public displays of affection Tehran is a conservative city and public displays of affection are frowned upon. This can include even holding hands. Throwing toilet paper in the toilet Toilets are either of the squat or Western variety. Either way, you shouldn’t put toilet paper down them. There is always a basket provided for the trash. 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