The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Ganja, Azerbaijan

A cup of coffee
A cup of coffee | © Pixabay
Sam Bedford

Whether tourists want a coffee for their morning fix of caffeine or to just enjoy the local culture and watch the world go by, these coffee shops in Ganja are the places to hang out. From cafés in Javad Khan Street to small local places, here are 10 of the best.

1. Kolorit

Cafe, Restaurant, Dessert, Tea , Coffee, Fast Food

Towards the end of Javad Khan, Kolorit is a combination of café, restaurant and bar. Not only does the menu offer a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, but it also serves some of Ganja’s best food. Any tourist looking to enjoy a hot drink or get a caffeine fix while having a delicious meal should consider stopping by at Kolorit.

2. Piano Kafe

Cafe, Tea , Coffee, Fast Food

Piano Kafe, near Flag Square, offers a simple environment to enjoy a coffee. Within walking distance of the busy city centre, the crowd inside this café in Ganja is mostly older locals. Learn a phrase or two of Azerbaijani and enjoy a cheap drink as you watch the Ganjavites live their lives in the busy streets outside.

3. Park House Café

Cafe, Dessert, Tea , Coffee, Fast Food

With a seating area overlooking the river, Park House Café serves both coffee and alcoholic drinks. Attracting mostly locals to wind away their hours chit-chatting and playing board games, few outsiders visit this café in Ganja. The drinks menu contains traditional Azerbaijani tea, coffee, beer and top-shelf spirits at very affordable prices.

5. Coffeemania Ganja

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Dessert, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegetarian

The centrally located café sits next to Ganja Shopping Centre. Juma Mosque is just a minute away, making it a popular place to come and relax after exploring the square. The modern and airy interior design creates a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. A selection of coffee from espressos and cappuccinos to iced coffee fill the menu. Most tourists rate Coffeemania among the best cafés in Ganja for its location.

6. Zolotoy Cafe

Cafe, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegetarian

Zolotoy Kafe is in a prime location opposite City Hall on Ganja’s Main Square. The Shah Abbas Caravanserai sits behind the café while Juma Mosque lies nearby. Apart from the location, Zolotoy provides diners with a selection of drinks and food with a more sophisticated ambience. Anyone looking for a break after sightseeing can enjoy their coffee or tea while overlooking Ganja’s most famous attractions.

7. Cinar Cay Meskeni

Cafe, Tea Room, Dessert

Tradtional Azerbaijan Tea | © C980040/WikiCommons
© C980040/WikiCommons

Set in a beautiful garden near Heydar Alivey Park, Cinar Cay Meskeni serves up traditional Azerbaijani tea and coffee. Visitors looking for a cultural experience can head to this café in Ganja to witness the complex and fascinating Azerbaijan tea rituals. A good itinerary would be to combine visiting Heydar Aliyev Park with a coffee in this café.

8. Chicago Karaoke Café

Bar, Cafe, Azerbaijani, Coffee

Local Azerbaijan beer can be found at almost every pub in the country
© Gertjan R./WikiCommons

Located near the Turkish Baths, this café in Ganja serves coffee and Azerbaijani tea in the afternoon and cocktails later in the evening. With live music on most nights of the week, heading to Chicago Karaoke Café will give visitors a slightly more active atmosphere compared to some of the other coffee shops.

9. Goygol Mehmanxana

Cafe, Azerbaijani

Lake Goygol often ranks as the most beautiful lake in Azerbaijan and a favourite day trip from Ganja. Located approximately an hour and a half from the city, the mountainous lake offers stunning views as its blue water contrasts with the surrounding forest. And there’s no better way to savour the scenery than enjoying a coffee or meal on Mehmanxan’s terrace overlooking Lake Goygol.

10. Other Cafés in Ganja

Cafe, Dessert

Most of the local cafés in Ganja are almost impossible to discover before arriving in the city. Stroll around the streets and more likely than not, tourists will find several smaller, local places to get a drink. Many have outdoor seating areas with elderly locals chit-chatting away or playing board games. Coming across some of these more out-of-the-way coffee shops can provide a broader cultural experience in Ganja.

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