As one Iran’s oldest cities, Shiraz’s dining scene is dominated by traditional Persian cuisine and a bohemian café culture; harking back to the days when the city was a magnet for poets, artists, and writers. We list the 10 best restaurants and coffee spots to try here.
Baghe Raaz is a restaurant complex situated in a stunning modern building at the heart of a large garden. The restaurant has earnt itself a strong and loyal customer base, all of whom come for the unique architecture, location and beautifully presented food. The restaurant has a reputation for being one of the city’s most chic and upmarket establishments, offering high-quality produce prepared to exacting standards. Split into three individual dining areas, Baghe Raaz features a contemporary interior space. International cuisine is served against the backdrop of huge windows; a rooftop terrace with stunning panoramas tenders fast food; and traditional Persian cuisine is offered in the restaurant’s garden.
Baghe Raaz, Ghasrdasht, Shahed Boulevard, Shiraz, Iran, +98 711 623 4000
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Shiraz, Café Ferdowsi is a cozy establishment named after the Persian poet Hakim Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi. The café offers free WiFi alongside traditional teas and coffees, classic Persian dishes and excellent vegetarian fare. Popular among local artisans and cultural aficionados, the café features a beautiful interior which combines contemporary design with distinct Persian influences such as ornate wall tiles. Enjoy a cup of Persian tea or try the café’s ab-doogh-khiar, a refreshing yogurt and cucumber-based soup, which comes recommended by guests, and is a delicate, cooling option after a day of sightseeing under the hot Shiraz sun.
Café Ferdowsi, 194 Kashi Ferdowsi Street, Shiraz, Iran, +98 711 231 6616
Café Forough, in the cultural district of Shiraz, enjoys a fantastic location between the city’s most beautiful attractions; the Jahan Nama Garden, an elegant, walled, green space dating back to the 13th century, and the Tomb of Hafez, a celebrated 14th century Persian poet. The café has a reputation for attracting the city’s intellectuals, artists and activists, as well as being a meeting ground for arts and culture lovers, both young and old alike. The intimate, welcoming café offers a small menu of coffee, teas, sandwiches, snacks and cakes, plus a host of local specialties including the staple, Persian herbal tea.
Café Forough, In Front of Jahan-Nama Garden, Hafez Street, Shiraz, Iran, +98 711 227 8585
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