Yerevan Walking Tour

The best way to get acquainted with Yerevan is to do as the locals do and walk. This both saves time (parking is impossible and traffic jams are now par for the course, adding 20-30 minutes to what were once 5 minute jaunts) while allowing you to savor the sights and sounds of the city.

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Sayat Nova is one of the busiest streets in Yerevan, intersecting at the park with both Khanjian and Hanrapetutian (Alaverdi) Avenues, the corners of which have a Khachapuri bistro and Doka Bar.  Ten meters down Hanrapetutian is Old Tiflis restaurant, one of the better eateries in town.  As you cross Sayat Nova you enter the busiest block of the park, crammed with outdoor cafés, bars and entertainment centers, along with manicured lawns, flower beds and a single public walkway under the trees.  The first thing you encounter on the block, to the right, is the Lido Café, right in front of the Tekeyan Center (51) and one of many cafés to come,  The Tekeyan center does not belong in the park; it is a business center housing offices, a computer shop and the Norwegian Consulate. 

The opposite corner of the park from Tekeyan has another Café (52), which faces a Grand Candy store and the pricy Mimino Georgian Restaurant.  Next in the park are tree-canopied Cafés (53), then the large wooden Chalet Café-Bar (54), wrapped around a large, beautiful fountain (55), a must see spot to watch the sprays of water and neighborhood that pours into the fountain plaza on hot summer nights to catch a little outdoor water-sprayed air-conditioning.  The fountain was built by Giumri metal craftsmen, renowned for their skill and artistry and it shows their work well. 

Behind Chalet on the Khanjian side, there is a playground, which faces a line of evening spots on the other side of the street.  Continue past the fountain at Chalet where the large central walkway narrows to a sidewalk, flanked by a construction site on the right where the old swimming and diving pool once was and several cafes (56)

Opposite is the AUA Center (57), an office and satellite campus for the American University in Armenia.  Next are more cafés and halls (58, 59), bfore you end at Karap (Swan) Pond (60), a pleasant public spot with fountain and live swans in the summer, lined by trees, grass, behind which is a Kiddy ride park and two more cafés (61, 62) on the south edge with a large stone monument with a sundial and Armenian letters (63)

South of the pond you pass a large Restaurant & cafe (64, 65), you reach the large Armen Tigranian Statue (66) (sculptor Artashes Hovsepian) in a forlorn area of the park.  Armen Tigranian (1879-1950) was an Armenian folk and classical music composer.  His major works are the operas David-Bek and, perhaps the most popular musical theatrical production in Armenia, the opera Anush, based on the poem of the same title by Hovhannes Tumanyan.

It is unclear why the sculptor chose to depict Tigranian as a medieval choral director, with long flowing robes and hair.  The composer was nothing like, fitting the 19th c picture of a gentleman to the T.  Continue south past a series of cafes to the end of the block at Vardanants St.


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