Armenian food derives most of its magic from the great abundance, quality, and freshness of its locally sourced ingredients. Experiencing Armenia means trying all of the delicious meals it has to offer. Whether it's in a modern restaurant, a fast food spot, or a traditional home cooked meal – Armenia has many tasty foods to satisfy your tastebuds.
Armenian Cuisine, a Real Paradise for any Gourmet
The glory of Armenian cuisine extends far beyond the country's borders. Armenian food derives most of its magic from the great abundance, quality, and freshness of its locally sourced ingredients. Armenian cuisine is based on a concept of food quality that is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.
The cuisine reflects the traditional crops and animals grown and raised on Armenian land. Armenia is home to a rich and varied selection of fish and meat; the alpine plains and river valleys are filled with orchards, groves and fields of vegetables, legumes, cereals and nuts; the mountains and hillsides are covered in vines and forests; and large flocks and herds are pastured throughout the country.
Another feature of Armenian cuisine is a great number of greengrocery and spices in preparation of dishes. Armenian cookery uses about 300 kinds of wild-growing grasses and colors, which are used as seasonings for even the most basic dish.
Destination for Food Connoisseurs
Guests visiting Armenia are very fortunate: Armenian cuisine has stood the test of time for two millennia and offers bountiful tables of mouthwatering dishes that are accompanied with intimate drinks and toasts. Here, you will enjoy an inexpensive full dinner at a respectable restaurant, aromatic coffee at a cafe and local fruits and berries at the markets fresh from the orchard.
Armenia is a place where recipes are passed on from generation to generation and the signature of specialties become a treasured family secret. It is a place where chefs conjure in the kitchen by keeping to traditional recipes, interpreting or even boldly experimenting with old ones. You will learn how to bake lavash, make khorovats (barbecue), wrap tolma in grape leaves and learn to distinguish authentic Armenian cognac. You will be offered to taste crawfish with raw beer. A seemingly casual meal, yet in V century BC Xenophon, an ancient Greek historian, mentioned in “Anabasis” that the beer he tried in Armenia had excellent taste.
National Geographic included Yerevan in the list of “Six Unexpected Cities for the Food Lovers” mentioning the capital city as one of the best places in Asia with rich cuisine: the magazine advises food lovers to try gastro tours to Armenia.