While we are visiting another country, we always look for the top attractions to visit and enjoy. But what if we are tired of a long day of sight seeing and need somewhere to relax and refresh in? We all know that how a cup of coffee can boost our energy and make our day! For this purpose, isn’t it better to choose a lovely place that visiting itself counts as sight seeing?! If your answer is YES, then keep reading because in this article we will introduce the most beautiful, most popular cafés of Tehran!
As the center of Tehran is the most crowded, and also the heart of artistic activities. So, due to this fact you can find most coffee place and café – restaurants of Tehran in the center. Luckily, a lot of Tehran monuments such as Golestan palace, Tehran museum of contemporary art, and etc. are gathered in the center of the city. So let’s see which places are available for you!
Although Naderi café is not the first coffee house of Tehran, but it is one f the first of them. Because the first cafe of Tehran has been disturbed, Naderi café has an important place due to it’s historical atmosphere. If you are looking for a nostalgic atmosphere this old café of Tehran will be very enjoyable for you.
It has been almost 90 years since an Armenian named Sakhik Madikians decided to set up a café in Tehran and name it Naderi, because it was located on Nader Street of Tehran. This café is more like one of the museums of Tehran than a café! And is also popular because at it’s time was a stamping ground of Iranian intellectuals such as Sadeq Hedayat, Jalal Al Ahmad and etc.
The café has two halls, one of which is a café and the other is a restaurant. The menu is what you expect from a regular coffee place. And of course, those who have gone to this place, had a highly opinion of the Chateaubriand.
One of the oldest cafés in Tehran where great personalities such as Sadegh Hedayat, Forough Farrokhzad, etc. spent their time in, is Rezaieh café. It started operating in 1310 (1931); and because it’s old, you can guess that it is a nostalgic coffee place in Tehran with cozy and quiet environment! The decoration of Rezaieh café is so attractive and beautiful; the owner have put photos of old actors and singers on the walls which some of them had a drink or meal here! So who knows? You might be sitting in the same place that Sadegh Hedayat (Iranina Author) once sit in!
This café is so exciting that when you enter it, you will be enchanted for a while to see the photos on the door, the wall, the old furniture, and so on. The café first of all welcomes you with a plate of vegetables, bread and cheese (a traditional Iranian between meal); and despite the customers queuing outside, you do not have to rush to eat your meal fast and leave the place as soon as possible.
Another benefit of this place is it’s location which is on the 30 Tir street, mostly known as the food street in Tehran! So you can have a nice visit of the Golestan palace and then continue your trip to 30 Tir St. and have a nice time in Rezaieh café; even after that you can walk on the street and maybe snack more!
You have to keep in mind that you have to have reservation to enter the café; and in case you are wondering, the main picture of this article is the interior of Rezaieh Gol café!
As the name shows vividly, this café is named after the famous Samuel Beckett play, “waiting for Godot”. This place is one of the most popular cafés among artists. It has beautiful checkered red and black table clothes and the main color of the color is blue and white, which makes a calming atmosphere. On the walls of café Godot, you’ll see lots of pictures from Beckett, other artists and different “waiting for Godot” plays. This café has a nice menu and they also serve breakfast too. The most famous branch of Godot café is located in Vali-e asr junction, which has two interior and outside sections; and the beauty of the outside section is that they’ve put some small tables on the side walk under a blue and white canopay, so sitting there while having a tasty meal or drink ad watching people passing by can be a journey itself!
If you didn’t get the chance to visit this branch of Godot café, there are also two other branches in Ferdowsi square and Gandhi street too. So you may get the chance to have fun there! The Ferdowsi square of Godot café, which is famous as “Yas Godot café” is the most popular one. This branch is bigger and has a very big outer section. There is also an open air cinema on the rooftop of this place which every night they play the best movies of the history of cinema in it. You have to have a reservation to use the cinema and you can have your meal there, while watching a perfect movie!
Tehran café, which is pronounced Tehroon in slang, is another place that you can go and enjoy the nostalgia! A benefit of this café is it’s traditional Iranian decoration; and you can here traditional Iranian music as well. Tehran café has two floors indoor, a pleasant outdoor yard and a gorgeous terrace.
It’s good to know that among all cafés of Tehran that serve breakfast, Tehroon café is in the 6th place! So if you are looking for having breakfast outside, you know where to go! This place is s crowded at weekends (In Iranian calendar Thursday and Friday counts as weekend); so if you aren’t a fan of crowded places you should visit there at other days of the week.
Ansoo café has been mixed with pottery to preserve and promote the ancient arts of Iran. This coffee place, was originally one of the old houses in the center of Tehran; so in addition to the fun pottery you can experience here, it’s architecture is also attractive and lovey. When you enter Ansoo café, after the cute architecture, the decoration takes your attention; especially the small pond and fountain in the middle of the yard where the sound of water makes you feel relaxed. Hot drinks (coffees), cold drinks, cakes, desserts, snacks and salads are things you can see on the café menu.
After a drink or having a snack at the Ansoo café, you can visit it’s art shop; and buy some souvenirs! The basement and first floor of this place are dedicated to pottery workshops. And they have 20 minutes of free training for all customers; and surely it will create a different experience for you.
30 Tir street is the closest street to Tehran national garden. The street is full of cafés and restaurants, and visiting itself would count as a sightseeing! But if you are looking for a nice place to have a cup of coffee in Light café can be a perfect choice! This place is a small café that focuses on providing high quality coffee and snacks such as small cakes and interesting cookies!
You have two choices confronting with light café: 1. You can sit inside and enjoy the pleasant green and white café! 2. Grab on your coffee and go walking in 30 Tir for more fun!
What distinguishes this café from other caffee places in Tehran is that you will feel comfortable at the moment you enter it. Diamond café can satisfy you with any taste. From the beginning, the beauty of this place on the street makes you feel good even before you enter to it. The more time you spend in the space, the wooden and brown theme of the interior design with the calculated lighting makes this feeling more and more.
You will have a pleasant experience on any side and any floor of Diamond café. From the tall windows facing the street on the south side of the building, it’s beautiful courtyard in the northern part to the windows above the courtyard, all contribute to a good feeling and nice experience.
If you are looking for a big place to have the option of delicious meals such as pastas, salads, sandwiches and etc. V café is a good choice for you! The café is designed so beautiful that all the people who have spent time there have a photo in it’s mirrors or other parts of the café! So if you are planning on visiting V café, clean your lens! Although we put this café under the title of “Coffee places of the center of Tehran”, V café has another branch in North of Tehran too.
It’s time for the most famous and most popular coffee house of Tehran! If you want to have high quality coffee, we recommend you to visit this place if you had a chance. Unlike most cafés we introduced to you until now, Lamiz coffee house is not limited to the center of Tehran and there are other branches too! The focus of Lamiz coffee house is on providing high quality coffee based drinks; but you will find other exciting things n the menu too!
In addition to different kinds of coffee drinks you’ll find on the menu, there are interesting cold drinks with variety of flavors! Lamiz café always updates it’s menu and in different seasons they add some new drinks too; so if you like new experiences, you can ask about their new drinks and try one! And in the end, if you are looking for a small meal, their sandwiches will be a great choice!
In addition to the fascinating menu of Lamiz café it’s design is also a journey itself! The decoration of all branches of this coffee house have a brown theme, furnished with wooden tables and different kinds of sofas and chairs. The bigger branches have an enormous bok shelf, full of great books, so if you got bored inside, just go for wandering in the book case!
Now that we talked about Lamiz coffee branches in different parts of Tehran, let’s find out about other cafés in other areas too!
There are plenty of exciting tourist attractions in the North of Tehran. Such as Saad Abad complex, Niavaran palace, Ferdows garden and etc. Although there are lots of coffee houses near to these places, we will tell you about some of the best cafés in North of Tehran, in case you want somewhere unique.
Although most people go for having coffee at a café, but we should remember that among Iranians, tea is a very popular and important drink! So we recommend you to visit this place and have one of the many kinds of teas you’ll see in the menu! We want to go to a coffee shop that visiting it is like hitting two birds with one rock! Why? Because this place was built in the Pergola Mansion in Tehran; and by entering the café space, you will see one of the most beautiful places with the most amazing architecture in Tehran. You may be interested to know that this mansion was the resort of Nasser al-Din Shah in the Qajar era. As this café has a traditional atmosphere, they serve the traditional Iranian drink, tea, with about 30 models!
We can count Sam café as one of the sights of Tehran! This is because of the experience of it’s environment. So it is worth trying once. Sam café also has more than one branch in Tehran; and the branch that we review in this list of the best cafés in Tehran is in Fereshteh Street. The decoration of this branch of Sam café has made a bit of noise among users; It had it’s opponents and supporters. If you want to have the right opinion on this, we suggest that you do not settle for articles and photos and try it for yourself.
This coffee house has a relatively industrial atmosphere. It’s main space is like an industrial shed that you can even see the pipes. To take another example, Sam Cafe’s kitchen is not separated from it’s main environment; and almost all the steps of your order are in front of your eyes! If you are a coffee drinker, this place is perfect for you; because most of their costumers are coffee lovers and you can surely say that the staff try their best to deliver the best coffee drink.
The most well known tourism attractions of Tehran are in north and center areas of the city. But don’t forget to visit the beautiful Baharestan, alluring parks and great museums in southeast, east and northeast of Tehran. Until now we introduced the eastern branch of Lamiz coffee in Tehran to you; but let’s find more coffee places in the east of Tehran!
Mas’oudiyhe café is located inside the great Mas’oudiyeh mansion in Baharestan. So after visiting Baharestan palace, you can visit this amazing mansion and then relax in the café! So you get the chance to enjoy the great architecture of the mansion whilst having a nice drink or a delicious meal. In order to match the atmosphere of the café with the atmosphere of the mansion which goes back to Qajar period of Iran, They built it’s rooms in Qajr style to double the historical atmosphere. Even the tables and chairs of Mas’oudiyeh café are wooden and have old traditional designs.
One of the most beautiful places in Tehran is the Negrestan museum garden. This garden dates back to the Qajar era and has an amazing atmosphere. The benefit of visiting this attraction of Tehran is that there are lots of coffee places near to it and if you are not willing to leave the complex, here is the Negarestan café – restaurant!
Alike Mas’oudiyeh café, the founders of this place decorated it with traditional Iranian furniture and you’ll surely have a nice time in this café – restaurant. The menu is so diverse and in addition all kinds of drinks and snacks you also have the option of ordering traditional Iranian food. Along the perfect atmosphere, the high quality food and the music, thy serve the food in cute traditional dishes; so this can be also another fun you can have in this place, if you are the kind of person that enjoys small things.
Well, the western areas of Tehran aren’t as much filled with tourism attractions as it’s north and central areas; but this doesn’t mean that you will never pass from the west of Tehran! There is Azadi tower, Milad tower, Bam land shopping mall and Chitgar lake to visit! So here is a list of lovely coffee houses to visit if you ever went sight seeing in west of Tehran.
Now, Let’s ROCK! This is a coffee place for rock music lovers. Apart from music and decoration (which we will talk about), the atmosphere and menu of this place are so good enough that made us put it on our list. Most of all, it’s the decoration of the rock café, which reflects the spirit of the music lover. The walls are covered with pictures of the world of music. Photos and posters of famous artists, cover photos of famous albums and even some original albums of famous musicians of the 70s and 90s; so you might see your favorite artist on the wall!
When you find your place and sit down, don’t forget to look at the ceiling! The decoration that extends from side to side of the ceiling is undoubtedly a very large guitar and it’s strings. But more interestingly, there is a complete set of drums mounted upside down on the ceiling!
The decoration of this café is not limited to it’s wonderful interior; recently they provided an outdoor section too. This section is just in front of the café and has features such as a blue fan for cooling. This place is suitable for people who want to smoke (as you can’t smoke inside) and has it’s own fans!
The spirit of rock music is not limited to decoration, but most of the music that is played will create this feeling for you. Another strength of Rock Café is that they usually have an updated playlist.
Here is another themed coffee house in Tehran! Are you a motorbike lover? If yes, you have to visit this place, and if no, who doesn’t like new experiences?!
Ducati Café has an environment with elements related to motorcycling and is an ideal place for Ducati motorcycle lovers to spend good moments in this pleasant environment. This coffee place has two floors, which welcomes customers downstairs with indoor and outdoor space and upstairs with a beautiful balcony. In the menu, you can find hot and cold drinks, sandwiches (chicken penne, salami penne, etc.), breakfast (Iranian breakfast, English breakfast, pancakes, etc.), salads (Caesar salad, spinach salad and green salad) And various desserts.
It is as if the heat has put so much pressure that they had to build an ice café! First of all, we have to say that that the construction of an ice café or even an ice hotel has already been done in different parts of the world (eg. in Canada and Dubai) and the café that now serves in the western part of town is actually inspired by this case.
The important thing you should know is that not everywhere in the café is frozen! When you enter it, there is no news of ice, snow and cold and you are facing a normal and tasteful café. But this “ordinary” place is hiding a pole behind it’s own walls!
Now it’s your choice; you can either sit in the normal section or you can go to the ice section. But if you want to go to the ice section of this place, you have to pay entrance fee and go enjoy some hot drink in the ice palace. You can have anything n the menu, but why we recommended you to have a hot drink? Because even thought the café will give you warm and durable jackets so that you do not feel too cold, sitting in -6 degree isn’t always easy. So having something warm to eat or drink can prevent you from freezing!
Well, keeping ice walls and tables at minus six degrees, all year round, is not easy. It’s not easy and it also costs a lot of money. So the cost you pay as input is to cover the cost of this ice room.
Which of Tehran coffee places was you favorite one? Are you a person who likes atmosphere of the cafés? Let us know your opinion and thanks for reading the article on “Tehran cafés”.