Cafe Metropol 145Traditional yet modern, oriental yet cosmopolitan, cozy yet hipster - Cafe Metropol 145 can satisfy basically any taste. The menu includes both excellent meals and refreshing beverages, and the place is open for visitors 24/7.
Old SchoolIf you're up to visiting some off-beat hidden hipster gems in Baku, we have some good news for you. The decent snacks and drinks in the Old School cafe are not even the best thing about it. The interior is almost entirely decorated with some unique artifacts from the Soviet era which will make a perfect addition for every true hipster's Instagram.
Hashtag BarHashtag bar is a small, atmospheric lamplight place which serves some undeniably good #cocktails, #wines, #snacks, and #everythingelse. Except for the live music, you can always count on the owners to come up with some very special and unusual event such as International bartender day, 12-hour party, etc. Crazy, but lovely, we might say.
Monument to Lovers and CatsThis is a cute, little and almost secret monument, which is a part of one of the buildings in the Old City of Baku. Professional guides won't ever forget to point your attention to that building, located on the route from the Main gate towards the Maiden Tower. It has a man and a woman sculptres, with a few stone cats around them and on the roof of the building.
Fountain SquareFountain Square is one of the most widely recognized symbols of Baku. It's almost impossible to be missed because it fills all the space between two other crucial locations - the main shopping street and the gates of the Old City. The Square is filled with dozens of fountains which were constructed by the time when Azerbaijan was under Soviet rule.
Baku Old CityBaku Old City is the historical inner core of the capital, which is also the oldest part of it. Researchers still argue about its age. It's widely accepted that the city dates back to the 12th century, yet some people claim that some of its oldest buildings date back as far as the 7th century. The Old City of Baku is the first location in Azerbaijan to be named as a part of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A few years later, after a destructive earthquake, the place is also on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Flame TowersThe Flame Towers are three iconic, illuminating skyscrapers, located in the centre of Baku. One of them is the highest in Azerbaijan, reaching a considerable height of 182 meters. Those three towers are not only architecturally impressive but also serve as a special symbol. They are meant to symbolize the long history of the fire-worshipers - a group of people who believed Azerbaijan to be the birthplace of Zoroaster. That's why the buildings are entirely covered with LED screens which illuminate bright lights in the form of a burning fire. This spectacular view can be easily seen even from the most distant points of the city.
Maiden TowerThe Maiden Tower is a 12th-century monument, situated in the heart of the Old City of Baku. Since 2001 it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, also listed as Heritage in danger, after a destructive earthquake which happened in the recent years. The Tower also hosts a Museum, which displays artifacts, representing the history of Baku's Old City during the ages. This is actually a place of numerous myths and unsolved mystery, which has inspired a lot of the Azeris' folk tales and different pieces of art. The main unanswered question is about the character and purpose of the building. One of the most popular legends says that back in Zoroastrian times it was the home of a virgin girl, who saved Baku's people from slavery.
James Bond Oil Fields
The so-called James Bond Oil Fields are nowadays a popular destination for tourists, not because they are very much attractive, but because the James Bond movie made them iconic. There is not much to do there except get out the car, take a picture and brag about it for the rest of your life. Keep in mind that Baku' public transportation doesn't go there, so if you plan a visit you'll need to use your own car or to hire one.