Azerbaijanian cuisine is an interesting mixture of a few different food traditions, and that's easily explainable by the fact that it stands in the middle of their crossroad. Western Asia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East - every one of them has certain specifics when it comes to products, spices and food preparation methods. And Azeri cuisine? It has taken the best of all of them. Delicious food is something Azeris are proud of, and you can easily see that by the number and the quality of the traditional food restaurants in their capital.
Nergiz is one of the top-rated restaurants which serve an impressive variety of local cuisine in the capital of Azerbaijan. Except for the delicious traditional meals, the place is also famous for its interior decorations which include handmade Azerbaijani carpets, beautiful canvas bags, pictures of old Baku and other interesting local artifacts. The restaurant is located in a calm and quiet part of the city, near the Fountain Square.
Qazmaq Cafe & Restaurant
Qazmaq is one of the must-visits in the old town of Baku, especially for the ones delighted by gastronomic tourism, who are eager to taste the authentic, traditional food of every place they visit. The interior of the place is warm, colorful and traditional; the menu is rich, the portions are big. And if you're not tempted enough yet - there's also live music and a full bar.
"Shah" means a ruler, a monarch, an emperor. The owners of this restaurant promise to welcome every single visitor as a Shah - with meals, prepared according to authentic medieval recipes, from organic products grown in local farms. The interior is also orientally royal. It represents the epoch and the style of Shah Ismail Khatai - a general and a poet, who lived back in the 15th century.
Cay Bagi 145 (Tea Garden 145)
What if we told you that an ambient, silent, calm, green tea garden is grown on the biggest terrace in Baku? What if the extensive menu with numerous exceptional local and European meals, the 24-hour service, and the full bar also go along with a marvelous view over the old town and the Caspian Sea? That's just a brief resume of what Tea Garden 145 has to offer. We suggest that you go there and see the details for yourself.
Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant
Have you ever had the chance to walk through a museum while dining inside of it? Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant is an actual time machine where visitors don't simply get to observe some old items from different epochs. They get to participate in the atmosphere and experience the genuine feeling of the old Azerbaijan thanks to the authentic artifacts, the appropriate live music and of course, the traditional dishes.
Chayki (meaning "seagulls") is a hidden little gem in Baku. Along with the large portions of modern, designer Azeri cuisine, visitors can enjoy a coquette, picturesque garden by the seaside, alternative designer furniture, and a fancy chic interior. The menu is available in a few different languages which makes the place perfect for tourists.
National Azerbaijani cuisine, combined with some European and Georgian dishes, attractive authentic interior and carpets. Many carpets. This restaurant is not only an excellent place to grab a meal but also an impressive spot to take one of your most memorable pictures from the trip to Azerbaijan. Because in that country even carpets look fabulous.