Yerevan Opera Theater
This theater has been an emblematic part of Armenian culture since its doors opened in 1933 while the nation was under Soviet rule. Some of the greatest Armenian and Russian operas, ballets, and plays have featured at this historic building, including Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ and Khachaturian’s ‘Gayane’. Perhaps the most famous of operas that debuted at the Yerevan theater is Armen Tigranian’s ‘Anoush.’
Address & Telephone Number: 54 Tumanyan Street, Yerevan, Armenia, +374 10 533391
Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Museum
The country’s memorial in honor of all of the victims of the Armenian Genocide, Tsitsernakaberd is an absolute must-see for any visitor of Yerevan. In the center of the memorial itself is an eternal flame that has been burning since the initiation ceremony on the opening day of the memorial, and all around it, visitors place flowers in commemoration of the lives lost. Tsitsernakaberd is a testament to the perseverance of the Armenian people, and visitors of all backgrounds are moved by its emotional power. Visit the museum on the grounds to gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the genocide.
Address & Telephone Number: Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex, Yerevan, Armenia, +374 10 390981
Grand Candy Ponchikanots
If you have a sweet tooth, this shop is a necessary stop as Yerevan’s historic go-to for ponchik, which are similar to custard-filled donuts. In the past, this store was simply known as the ‘Ponchikanots,’ or ponchik house, where patrons could come in for a flaky, warm treat with hot cocoa on the side. After the store was acquired by Grand Candy, it now operates as both a chocolatier and candy store downstairs, and a ponchik factory upstairs.
Address & Telephone Number: 54 M. Mashtots Street, Yerevan, Armenia, +374 10 565686
Armenia’s battle with Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh, or Artsakh, region since the end of the Soviet Union has resulted in an unfortunate amount of casualties. The heroes of the war and their courageous efforts are honored at Yerablur, a cemetery built specifically for these soldiers on the outskirts of Yerevan. Among those buried here are Monte Melkonian, Garo Kahkejian, and Vazgen Sargsyan, who are all faces of Armenian pride and patriotism. If you happen to stop by on a Sunday, you can catch a traditional Armenian Orthodox service at the church on the grounds.
Address: Alley of Glory, Yerevan, Armenia
This memorial is a standing testament to the survival of a nation that has faced many threats to its independence. It honors the heroes of the Battle of Sardarabad, which was Armenia’s last fighting chance to save the autonomy of the country from Turkey in May of 1918. The battle was historic due to the odds against the Armenians, who were not trained in military combat and were greatly outnumbered by their enemies. Stop by and take in the splendor of the place, all built with Armenia’s signature stone, red tuff, and visit the museum for more information.
Address & Telephone Number: Araqs Village, Armavir, Armenia, +237 68373
When visiting Yerevan, chances are that you’d want to buy some souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones to bring back a little piece of the wonders you’ve seen. Luckily, this outdoor flea market has everything and anything for your souvenir shopping needs. Vendors bring in mostly handmade materials, such as woven rugs, handmade purses, jewelry, clothing, kitchenware, and toys, as well as some vintage items, and occasionally, ancient artifacts.
This statue hovers over Yerevan like a mother protecting her child. Located in Victory Park, Mother Armenia was built in 1967 to replace a statue of Joseph Stalin. Look closely and you can still see remnants of Soviet Rule on the base of the monument, such as in the U.S.S.R.’s hammer and sickle emblem. Visit when the museum inside the statue is open and learn about Armenia’s heroes, especially those that fought in the Nagorno-Karabakh war.
Address & Telephone Number: Kanaker-Zeytun, Yerevan, Armenia, +374 10 201400
Ararat Brandy Factory
Take a tour of this historic factory and taste the splendor of one of the world’s best brandies. Guests are shown around the facility and informed about the distilling, bottling, and production processes, and taste varieties of brandy to conclude the tour. Rumor has it that the alcohol content is so high in the atmosphere that guests may even feel a slight buzz simply from visiting the vicinity.
Address & Telephone Number: 2 Admiral Isakov Avenue, Yerevan, Armenia, +374 10 540 000
Cascade Stairway & Museum
This giant staircase is the epicenter of cool in Yerevan. Cascade is a beautiful set of outdoor steps with multiple terraces surrounded by artsy sculptures and statues, gorgeous floral and shrubbery, and some of Yerevan’s top cafes, restaurants, and bars. You can climb up the stairs for breathtaking views of the city and Mt. Ararat, or you can visit the art museum within the staircase itself, the Cafesjian Center for the Arts. The area is always bustling with hip locals and artists and is filled with Yerevan’s vibrant energy through the day and night.
Address & Telephone Number: 10 Tamanyan Street, Yerevan, Armenia, +374 10 56 72 62
Also known as the Mesrop Mashtots Institue of Ancient Manuscripts, this building is necessary for anyone interested in literature, history, philosophy, art, and much more. Outside the Matenadaran sits a statue of Mesrop Mashtots, the founder of the Armenian alphabet. Inside, you will find thousands of some of the world’s oldest texts. However, it is recommended to request a tour guide once there, as a great portion of the exhibits may need explanation for those not well-versed in medieval and ancient history.
Address & Telephone Number: 53 Mashtots Avenue, Yerevan, Armenia, +374 10 562578