Reportedly “the oldest living city on Earth”, Yazd is a must-visit on any Iran trip. Located at the center of the Iranian plateau between two deserts, Yazd captivates those who pass through with its mudbrick old town, badgirs (wind catchers), and courtyards. We list 10 great restaurants to try here.
Located right in the old town, the underground restaurant-teahouse of Hammam-e Khan, a converted traditional bathhouse, rewards those who manage to locate it within the warren-like streets (watch out for signs). Offering an excellent range of classic Iranian fare (the dizi, a lamb, chickpea, and potato soup,is especially good), the restaurant is cosy, cool, and relaxing. Whilst the echoing chambers and turquoise and white tile work exude a slight swimming pool vibe, the arched and vaulted ceilings are delightful. Prices can be a little steep, but are worth it.
Panjeh-ali Bazaar, Yazd, Iran, +98 627 0366
The Mozaffar Traditional Restaurant is housed in a hotel of the same name in central Yazd, just a 10-minute walk away from the Amir Chakhmaq complex. The restaurant is a renovated Qajar era residency, featuring an inviting courtyard in which to eat.
Motahhari Street, Yazd, Iran, +98 3516227783
About 30-minutes drive from Yazd city centre is the small town of Taft. One of its highlights is the 12,000 square meters of the Sadri Garden (bagh-e sadr), which is home to a wonderful 19th century Qajar residency turned restaurant. Standard Iranian fare is on offer and is well worth a visit if you find yourself in Taft.
Taft, Yazd, Iran
The Moshir ol-Mamalek Hotel restaurant can be found on Moshir Boulevard, off Enqelab Street. The grandeur of the Qajar-era architecture is matched by the restaurant’s lavish furnishings, with an option to dine on tables inside or out in the courtyard. Staff wear Qajar-era dress and a pair of resident parrots add an unforgettable quirkiness to the Moshir ol-Mamalek experience.
Yazd produces some exquisite shirini (Persian sweets), including local ghotab (an almond-filled, deep-fried pastry), baklava, pashmak (Persian candy floss), and gaz (pistachio-filled nougat). Shirini shops are located around Amir Chakhmaq Square and the bazaar.