I just wanted to buy some souvenirs on my last day in Iran and therefore I headed to the Tehran bazaar. I was planning to go there for maybe an hour, but ended up spending the whole day in the Grand bazaar of Tehran. What was I thinking to just go for an hour?
Tehran bazaar is about twenty square kilometers, has over 200,000 vendors and almost 2 million visitors per day. Some claim it is the largest bazaar in the world. Tehran bazaar a city of its own with hidden mosques, mausoleums and shrines.
When you walk through Tehran bazaar don’t forget to look up sometimes. The ceilings are beautiful. It’s hard to describe this endless maze of twisting alleyways. Therefore I selected my most beautiful pictures of Tehran bazaar below.
Tehran bazaar in pictures
How to get to Tehran bazaar
Tehran’s grand bazaar is in the southern part of Tehran. There are several entrances, with the main one at Sabze meydan. It is easy to get to the grand bazaar by metro. You should take the red line and exit at either panzdah-e-kordad station or khayyam station. It is located near the famous Golestan palace.
Where to eat in Tehran bazaar
Moslem restaurant has almost 5000 visitors every day and serves the best tahcin with chicken in Tehran. It’s a buttery chicken with rice, saffron and barberries. They serve huge portions and the food is absolutely delicious. The long line outside might stop you. I almost gave up, but I am happy I did not. The line goes fast, food is served quickly and is absolutely worth it.
Check out Munchiez video here about food in Tehran and her visit to Moslem restaurant
You can also read my Persian food guide: eat your way through Iran.
Other recommended restaurants in the Grand bazaar that I had no time to try out are Khayyam traditional restaurant, Sharaf Ol Eslami restaurant, Javan restaurant & Shamsiri.
Ellis is a travelblogger from the Netherlands with over 20 years of experience as an independent budget traveller in more than 50 countries. She has a Master degree in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health with a specialization in South Asian cultures and the Caucasus.