As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the world’s greatest cities– architecturally striking, wealthy beyond imagine, and politically powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians and Chinese coming to its court– the heart of a vast Persian Empire that stretched from the Euphrates River in present-day Iraq to the Oxus River in Afghanistan. Indeed, its grandeur inspired the rhyming proverb, Isfahan nesf e jahan (Isfahan is half of the World).

WHAT TO SEE

  1. Imam Square
  2. Ali Qapu Palace
  3. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
  4. Abbasi Mosque
  5. Qeisariyeh Bazaar
  6. Chehel Sotun Palace
  7. Atigh Jame Mosque
  8. Vank Cathedral
  9. Music Museum
  10. Sofe Mountain
  11. Hasht Behesht Palace
  12. Si-o-se pol & Khaju Bridges

Isfahan activities

  1. Mountain climbing, riding a cable car and/or hiking in Sofe Mountain
  2. Drinking a coffee in an old café in Jolfa district
  3. Wandering around Imam Square and the massive bazaar
  4. Experiencing Isfahan nightlife at Si-o-se pol or Khaju Bridge
  5. Visiting a carpet workshop
  6. Listening to Iranian music at the Music Museum

What & WHERE to BUY

Visit Qeysariyeh Bazaar at Imam Square, very appropriate for shopping! At this bazaar, you can find many of the Iranian handicrafts, from traditional clothes to carpets, inlaid chessboards, embossed metal plates, decorative items, and jewelry.

  1. Jewelry & Gold
  2. Carpets & Kilims
  3. Clothes
  4. Handicrafts

What & Where to Eat

You can find all types of Iranian dishes in the traditional and modern restaurants of Isfahan. Don’t forget to try Beryani, a local Isfahani dish!

  1. Shahrzad Restaurant
  2. Abbasi Teahouse & Traditional Restaurant
  3. Bastani Traditional Restaurant
  4. Malek Soltan Jarchi Bashi
  5. Chehel Sotun Restaurant
  6. Khan Gostar
  7. Arshia Traditional Restaurant

Traditional Banquet Hall