Tehran bazaar in pictures

Tehran bazaar in pictures

Backpacking Iran: A travel guide to Tehran's bazaar for the independent budget traveller

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.

Backpacking Iran: A travel guide to Tehran's bazaar for the independent budget traveller

There are 13 comments for this article
  1. Jill at Readingthebook at 12:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, that looks amazing! I would love to visit Iran but am concerned about the impact on other travels… 😡 This bazaar looks incredible. Was there much hassle or is it just a nice place to wander around?

    • ellisveen Author at 12:02 pm

      The hassle was not that bad and mostly I could just wander around. So far I also have no problems entering othetr countries except for the USA.

  2. Maria at 12:05 pm

    Let’s be honest… Did I know I wanted to go to Tehran’s bazaar before? No. Do I want to go now? Yes 😀 Thanks for sharing this, it looks amazing. I can absolutely imagine you found it impossible to stay for just one hour! I really wonder what it’s like in Tehran, will have to read up on your blog a little more I guess. Have you been there long? 🙂 Cheers, Maria

    • ellisveen Author at 12:01 pm

      I was in Iran for a month, but honestly spent not much time in Tehran. I did wish I had more time there. I heard from many travellers they did not like TEhran, but from what I saw I tought it was a pleasant city with many parks.

  3. Alina from Reverie Chaser at 4:08 pm

    The pictures look like something from 100 years ago, as the elaborate decorations, details seem almost a thing of the past these days… compare to any regular shopping mall! I think markets are some of the best places to visit in a city, to really get a feeling of what it is like, and hopefully, not to be too overwhelmed by other tourists 🙂

  4. Cherene Saradar at 2:34 am

    Wow! These pics are jaw dropping. And the food! I’ve been dying to go to Iran. I think as US citizen I can’t at the moment. Grrr. Maybe I write to the embassy and beg???

  5. Rohan Cahill-Fleury at 1:59 pm

    Wow awesome pictures! Can’t wait to visit Iran and the bazaar is now top of my list for Tehran! That chicken dish sounds delicious too 🙂

  6. Chantell Collins at 5:32 pm

    Great timing – a friend and I were just talking about how we wanted to visit Tehran and these photos look incredible. Iran is a country that I am interested in visiting but don’t know much about. The food also looks awesome 🙂

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