TRY AZERBAIJANI PILAF
Azerbaijani pilaf in its variations is cooked with lamb and with the addition of dried fruits, nuts and chestnuts. Saffron and turmeric serve as fragrant spices. Make yourself a quest to find the best national pilaf in Baku. Most of the restaurants of national cuisine are located in Icheri Sheher.
FALL IN LOVE WITH CARPETS
If you have not fallen in love with Azerbaijani carpets and did not want to buy one , that means that you did not visit Azerbaijan. The souvenir shops on Icheri Sheher lets you feel the energy of old antique and very expensive carpets.
TAKE A WALK ON THE BOARDWALK
Baku is located in the bay of the Caspian Sea. One of the best places of this windy city is the boardwalk, intended for rest and entertainment. Seaside Park and its wide pedestrian promenade, called the Baku Seaside Boulevard, goes along the bay. Here you can run, ride a bike, walk with pets and so on. Along the waterfront, you can see the Baku Eye ferris wheel, Park Bulvar shopping center and the building under construction of another Caspian Waterfront shopping center, inspired by the Sydney Opera House.
HAVE A CUP OF TEA
As mentioned above, the best national restaurants are located in the Old Town, in any of these restaurants you can order a “national tea set” consisting of a teapot of homemade tea, carefully poured into pear-shaped crystal glasses. It is served with slices of fresh lemon, sugar cubes, various nuts and dried fruits, as well as a plate of fresh baklava.
Dolma with grape leaves (yarpag dolmasy) is one of the most famous Azerbaijani dishes, which is famous for its soft crust of grape leaves and the most delicate stuffing of lamb and beef. The fresh smell of greens is complemented by notes of mint and creates a fragrant that cannot be abandoned. We love and feel free to recommend real Azerbaijani dolma in our city.
VISIT GOBUSTAN AND CURRENT DRAWINGS
Gobustan is an archaeological reserve, located to the south of Baku. Gobustan State Reserve is very rich in archeological monuments, the reserve has more than 6,000 rock carvings, which depict primitive people, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars, on the average dating back to 5,000-20,000 years.
SEE THE FLAME OF ATESHGYAH AND THE TEMPLE OF FIRE.
The temple of eternal fire Ateshgah is the real Azerbaijani exoticism. It is known for such a unique natural phenomenon as the burning exits of natural gas (gas breaking out comes into contact with oxygen and ignites). In its present form, the temple was built in the XVII-XVIII centuries. It was built by a Hindu community living in Baku belonging to the Sikh caste.
VISIT THE SHIRVANSHAKH PALACE
The real treasure of Azerbaijani architecture is the palace ensemble of the Shirvanshakh dynasty, built here in the 15th century (when the Shirvanshakhs residence moved from Shamakhi to Baku). The ensemble includes: a two-storey building of the palace, a tomb, a mosque, a sofa, a mausoleum of Seyyid Yahya Bakyiv, and the gate of Murad (XVI century).