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Culinary Tour Food Tasting Tour Wine Tasting Tour

SHOW KITCHEN AND FINE DINING EXPERIENCE

OVERVIEW

This is a private fine dining experience at a locals’ home who have been dedicated themselves to unique culinary lifestyle. You enjoy an exclusive cooking show and dining authentic, traditional, forgotten as well as popular food and gourmet dishes by Chef Yagub and his team at a small fitted flat in the Downtown Baku.

In this activity, you enjoy a course of a menu of your choice including starter, first course, main course, side dish, dessert and local wine drinks included (water, tea and selection of red wines from Azerbaijan) and feel the warmth of Azerbaijani hospitality.

Chef Yagub and his team of young aspiring chefs hold this experience in a centrally located, small fitted Kitchen showroom apartment. They are passionate and welcoming hosts who open the door to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences in bohemian ambiance.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Locally produced organic products from garden to kitchen
  • Participate in unique kitchen cooking and dining experience
  • Watch preparation of specialty and gourmet dishes
  • Dine chosen menu while cooking show progresses
  • Immerse yourselves into bohemian ambiance
  • Taste local wine and organic products
  • Small Group experience and flexibility
  • Support local food communities

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Meet your local guide/chef in front of Icharisheher metro station, a central location in Baku. Then, your guide/chef will take you to a small fitted kitchen showroom. Get introduced to Chef’s kitchen over cup of tea and conversation about the culinary projects and support to local producers and food communities. Then, the chef prepares the dishes but also show you how to prepare and cook the dishes with the story of historical and social background meanwhile taste and dine the food that is made and served on the set table in the process. At the end of your experience, leave the central location with new insight into Azerbaijani culinary history and hospitality and family life.

MENU

The dishes in the menus are based on seasonal products. Therefore, the menus change depending on a season. The ingredients are all sources from local producers (small local food communities) in regions of Azerbaijan with idea of from garden to kitchen. This way we show our support to business of local communities. The products that produced by the local communities are also available for purchase.

Menus are: Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian

3-Course Menu

Appetizer

Main course

&  Wine (local wine)

Or

Appetizer

First course

&  tea with dessert

4-Course Menu

Appetizer

First course

Main course

&  Wine (Local)

Tea with dessert

WHEN

3-Course Menu: 12:00-15:00 & 15:00-18:00

4-Course Menu: 19:00-22:00 & 20:00-23:00

PRICE

Group size3-Course Menu4-Course Menu
16095
2120190
3170270
4210350
5260430
6310510
7340650

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Confirmation within 12 hours of booking
  • This is not a cooking master class
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Low-seating table
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private activity. Only your group participates

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Baku’s most exciting recurring live music venues/events


When darkness falls over sky, flickering lights from coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, bars and basements bring life to the streets of Baku. These places offer vibrant entertainment not just for local people and but also visitors of Baku. Whether you are into jazz, or rock or punk or pop, you can still find a place to socialize with local people under pulsating melodies of your favourite music. Here we list local places where Baku’smost exciting recurring live music events happen.


Coffee Moffie: Piano and Wine Nights

Photo: Coffee Moffie Facebook

Coffee Moffie is a movie themed local coffee shop in downtown Baku, across the Fountains Square. It is a cafe of little bits of everything: kind of common space where you can meet people with various social backgrounds (entrepreneurs) or simply sit over a cup of cappuccino. On Fridays, meet your friends over glass of wine listening to live piano covers of Azerbaijani music before heading out to main night-out places.

Drinks from 3 azn. Islam Safarli street 9. +994509641880. www.facebook.com/coffeemoffiebaku. Open Mon-Sun: 8:30am-12am. Live music on Fri.


Etud Cafe&bar: Jazz from Basement

Photo: Etud Cafe and Bar Facebook

Here you dive into Baku’s night life by socialising while tasting local beer or cocktails. Although it’s been gone for long, this underground place attempts to bring the nostalgia of Soviet Baku with live jazz jam sessions. It will give thrilling vibes to experience classic jazz, ethno jazz (remix of classic jazz with local folkloric music), soul jazz and funky parties on weekends.

Drinks from 3 azn. Islam Safarli street 23. +994507666690. https://www.facebook.com/etudbaku/. Open Mon-Sun: 4pm-2am. Live music on Tue&Wed.


The Pheonix Pub: Rock Ballads of 80s and 90s

Photo: Pheonix Pub Facebook

On a normal day, you go there to play pool with strangers. But on weekend, the pool table turns into a dance floor under the greatest guitar music of 80s and 90s. That would be your Rock n’ Roll Friday night out. Although a small place and packed on weekends, it has gotten vibes and people you might like on weekends.

Drinks from 3 azn. Yusif Məmmədəliyev street 10. +994507431751. www.facebook.com/thephoenixbaku/. Open Mon-Sun: 4pm-2am. Live music on Fri&Sat.


Moon Blue Jazz Club: Everyday is Jazz

Photo: Moon Blue Jazz Club Facebook

Located in heart of Baku, Icheri Sheher – Old Town, it is coined as a reminiscence of La La Land in Baku. It has nice ambience and presents classic, modern and ethno jazz music interpreted by contemporary local jazzmen. Although services are reported as laggish, the experience of live music and local wine blend very well overall.

Drinks from 7 azn. Icheri Sheher, Kichik Qala 26 +994504645113. http://www.facebook.com/moonbluejazzclub/. Open Mon-Sun: 1pm-10pm. Live music everyday.


Open Mic Baku

Photo: Open Mic Baku Facebook

Open Mic is not a place but an event. It uses various popular places to bring people together who can sing. The principle is as simple as if you have a guitar and can sing a song, then bring it on. You can join the community to celebrate music holiday for couple of hours. Follow their page on Facebook to find out venues it is happening every month.

https://www.facebook.com/OpenMicBaku/


Le Chateau Music Bar: Hipsters’ music

Photo: Le Chateau Music Bar Facebook

An alternative environment of people with black cloths, long beard and tatoos meanwhile listening to live music of rock, pop, hip-hop or punk in underground atmosphere. Those people are of different social strata in a positive sense. Still one gets chance to socialize with local people over one of the cheapest beers in the city.

Drinks from 2 azn. Islam Safarli steet 10. +994557243954. www.facebook.com/lechateaubaku. Open Mon-Sun: 4pm-10pm. For live music see the Facebook page.


In Club: Underground techno club

Photo: iN Club Facebook

Since its inception in 2015, iN sets the bar in bringing up Baku’s electronic club culture. This alternative recreation breaks stereotypes and changes night life. Now running the club from abandoned Soviet factory of Valuable Papers it gathers more 400 people attenting their events. Both international and local artists offer best of electronic techno music in the city. All has been said nicely, please follow their dress code rules to get iN Club.

Drinks from 5 azn. Jeyhun Salimov 18A. +994506880813. http://www.facebook.com/inclubbaku. www.inclubbaku.com.

updated: 11 March 2020

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Baku City Guide: What To Do & What To See

Baku is increasingly becoming a famous tourist destination. Recent international sport events such as Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, or 2019 UEFA Europa League Final in Baku, or UEFA EURO 2020 will bring more popularity with more tourists visiting the city. Therefore, here we list top mainstream things to do and see in downtown Baku.


Reclaim the Hammam traditions of Baku

The most historic quarter of modern cosmopolitan Baku is called Icherisheher (aka Inner City or Old Town). It used to have dozen of quarters. Each quarter had its population with different various socio-economic and political background as well as its own mosque and hammams, the bath-houses. Hammams occupied an important place to organize social interactions: men would discuss politics and solve problems of any level whether personal or society; women would use hammams as a platform to exchange gossips, trade rumours or choose their son’s future wives. Although it is not as common as it used to be, however they are still retain their oriental charm.

Visit eighteenth century old Aga Mikayil Hamami for oriental experience of hammam traditions. And ream more about how to hammam like a local on CNN insight. facebook.com/meshediibadhamami/


Have your Ali and Nino moment at Governors Garden

There are many intriguing love stories of Baku, among them the most famous is Ali and Nino, even the book of their love story became New York Times Bestseller. In the book, a passage goes as:

I had not spoken to Nino for two weeks. A wise rule demands that a man should keep away from women when he stands at life’s crossroads. Now I lifted the grip of the unwieldy apparatus, turned the bell and shouted into the mouthpiece: “3381!” 

Nino’s voice replied: “Passed, Ali?”
-“Yes, Nino.”
-“Congratulations, Ali!”
-“When and where, Nino?”
-“Five o’clock at the lake in the Governor’s Garden, Ali.”

When they met at the Governor’s Garden… “My hand glided over her hair. She lifted her head. The last ray of the setting sun was in her eyes. I bent towards her. Her lips opened tenderly and submissively. I kissed her for a very long time, and very improperly. She breathed heavily. 
“Then she tore herself away. We were silent and stared into the twilight. After awhile, we got up, a little shamefacedly. Hand in hand, we left the gardens.

The Governors Garden is now officially called Philharmonic Garden, however it still looks pretty much the same as Ali described it. You, too, can have your Ali and Nino moment there.


Drink tea in Chaykhana (Çayxana)

Tea-set. Photo: Pakhlava Tea House

Recent Euromonitor survey portrayed Azerbaijan as second most tea-drinking society with absolute majority of population, 99.1%. So this is a tea-driking society. In this society, tea (çay) is a solution to everything. Literally. One of the best ways to experience tea culture is to visit chaykhanas (tea houses). However, there is a truth that most chaykhanas are stereotypical places where usually macho guys gather around to discuss “manly” issues over ridiculous number of cups of tea. Nonetheless, chaykhanas one of the mostly visited family place in Baku. In chaykhana they would usually order two teapots: thyme tea and black tea. Of course, do not forget about jam as they are inseparable. There are many types of jams you can choose to arrange a set of tea-jam duo: such as tea with walnut jam.


Eat kebab (kabab)

Kebab (aka barbecue or shashlyk) is various kinds of slow and usually outdoor cooked meat dish using skewers and fire-pan. In Azerbaijan, kebab is food that must be served for your most respected guests or during most feasts, celebrations and holidays. Even an Azerbaijani proverb goes saying that “Kabab qanlı, igid canlı” meaning that kebab must be undone, but a hero vigorous. Most popular kinds of kebabs are tike kebab, lulah kebab, basdirma kebab. Your most ultimate kebab feast would be ordering sebet kebab, a complete rib cage of lamb for four people. You can treat yourselves with sebet kebab in Qedim Qebele (open: 10am to 12am) for 50-70 AZN.


Stroll through narrow streets of Icharisheher (Inner City – Old Town)

Icharisheher, translates as inner city, is the most historic part of the city and is mostly known as Old Town. It houses four UNESCO World heritage sites. Icharisheher was used to be a Muslim quarter of Baku until mid 20th century and the streets, settlements, house and public places were designed in accordance with acceptable behaviour of social interactions in an oriental city. Icharisheher, now, with three thousand population and still retains some of its oriental qualities in a city of 2.5 million population as the population of Icharisheher would call themselves as native Bakuvians. Strolling through narrow streets of Icharisheher will allude you to idea of you being locked in a labyrinth of historic attractions of XI to XV centuries.

Join our Baku Original Walking Free Tour to explore best of the Icharisheher.


Climb up the mysterious Maiden Tower (UNESCO World heritage site)

Maiden Tower (Qiz Qalasi) is the most iconic landmark of Baku. However it is shrouded in complete mystery. This is to say that we do not know when it has been constructed, who architect is, what use of purpose it served or why it is called Maiden Tower. It is also a sophisticated construction of 8-floor and 29.5 metre tall cylinder-shaped structure built on huge rock sliding towards the Caspian Sea, 5 metre-thick wall with water well on the third floor, ceramic tubes from ground floor to top, a sewage system presumably, and all the windows facing towards the south-east, wide and tall buttress many other qualities contributes to secrecy to the most obvious and visible monument in the Old Town.

Locates in Icherisheher. Open everyday 9am-6pm. Entry fee 15 AZN.


Visit the Palace of the Shirvanshahs Dynasty (UNESCO World heritage site)

Shirvanshah Ibrahim, the first, and his son Shirvanshah Khalilullah, the first moved capital to Baku after devastating earthquake levelling Shamakhi, main capital city, in XV century. They built a Palace Complex of burial-vaults, courtroom (divanhane), shah’s mosque, Seyid Yahya Bakuvi’s Mausoleum and bath-house that survived up to day. Although Shirvanshahs were modest and minimalistic in their approach to construction, the Palace Complex represents one of the best examples of Abhseron-Shirvan Architecture School.

Locates in Icherisheher. Open everyday 10am-6pm. Entry fee 10 AZN.


See the tinniest book of the world at Miniature Book Museum

Zarifa Salahova in front of her collection

Zarifa Salahova, sister of Tahir Salahov, is a formidable woman. As one of residences of the Old Town, she privately owns one of the most unique and strangest museums of the World that took over 30 years of her life to build it. Even the museum itself is a world of its kind regardless of its scale. That world is dedicated to teeny-tiny books known as miniature books. Although Guinness World Records certified 2.937 books as the largest collection of miniature books, she actually owns 8,500 of miniature books. Visit to see the tiniest book of the world exhibited behind the glasses of the second shelf in a blue case within white-background circular container: it 0.75 mm microscopic book publish in Tokyo, Japan in 2012. The 22-page book is titled as Flowers of Four Seasons.

Locates in Qasr street 67 . Open 11am-5pm; Tue-Sun. Closed Mon-Thu. No entry fee.


Ride Funicular for Panoramic View of the City

Funicular is a popular sightseeing attraction built in 1960s. It is a transport system connecting the lowest part of Baku, the Seaside promenade, with the highest point, the Highland Park. You see emerging beautiful scenic Baku and the bay, meanwhile the ascending funicular takes you up to the park. Night time in the park you observe and enjoy the view we’d like you to see, however, you can see city silhouette with all ugly and beautiful, dark and bright, dirty and clear sides of the city.

Locates in Shovkat Alakbarova street. Open 10am-10pm; Tue-Sun. Closed Mon; Lunch break 1pm-2-m. Entry fee 1 AZN.


Enter into another dimension at Zaha Hadid’s architecture

Completed in 2013 the Heydar Aliyev Center became an iconic landmark of modern Baku to shape and influence ideas and movements in an era of redeveloping Baku. Built by Zaha Hadid, British-Iraqi architect, it represents an architecture of fluid and infinite patterns, form, shape, grid, column, surface and structure  by applying futuristic understanding of local culture and historic Islamic architecture. It loses its essence and purpose with more words you put down on paper. Better you give a visit and eyewitness it yourselves.

Locates in Heydar Aliyev Ave 1. Open 11am-5pm; Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. Entry fee 15 AZN.


Hope on Metro for sightseeing of underground city

A 50-year old Baku Metro is labelled as national wealth of Azerbaijani people. Besides it is use as one of cheapest and fastest transport means, every metro station carries heavy burden of symbolism: Nizami metro station is dedicated to 12th poet Nizami Ganjavi, the Greatest of all Greatests; 20 Yanvar (January) is dedicated to a day when Soviet army peaceful protestors to crack down independence movement in Baku; or Neftçilər (Oilmen) is honouring oil workers for bravery and hard work. Therefore every metro station would be designed with a particular theme and carriage arrival announcement would be accompanied with a 10-second musical tone to dramatize presentation of a station.

Locates in 28 May, Central Station. Open 6am-midnight. Entry free 0.30 AZN.

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Baku Free Tour

BAKU OLD TOWN&OIL HERITAGE WALKING FREE TOUR

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Overview

Baku Old Town and Oil Heritage Walking Free Tour offers a walk through the most historic sightseeing highlights of Baku, the Fountains Square and four UNESCO sites in Old Town (Icherisheher) meanwhile reflecting on Baku’s past and the transformation that brought by oil barons and their quest for personal glory and fame.

You will also get acquainted with the social, cultural, political aspect of everyday life in Baku on the background of stories based on the real-life of oil barons in the late 19th and early 20th century as well as Soviet and modern times. You will have insight into a small medieval religious town’s transformation into a cosmopolitan city. The tour ends with a free cup of local black tea at Coffee Moffie.

Highlights

  • Explore the oldest part of the city on 2.5 hours walking tour
  • Hear legends about prominent Oil Barons
  • Understand social dynamics of city life
  • Soak up the atmosphere in the oldest part of the city
  • Romanticize streets Ali&Nino used to hang out
  • Led by a local guide
  • Tour ends with a free cup of traditional Azerbaijani tea

Meeting Point: In Front of KFC/Pizza Hut at Fountains Square

The tour takes place EVERY DAY. However, booking is REQUIRED.

Start Time (s):

Everyday at 11:00 & 16:00

Tipping: This tour is entirely based on tips. How much you tip is completely up to you. You decide at the end of the tour how much you think it is worth, or what the amount is that guide deserves as an appreciation of services provided at the end.

Additional Info

  • At least two people required to run the tour.
  • Tour is offered in English and Azerbaijani.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, except for harsh weather conditions.
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Baku Baku Private Tour Free Walking Tour

OLD TOWN PRIVATE WALKING TOUR

OVERVIEW

The Walled City of Baku (Icharisheher – Old Town) is A UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site. It reveals evidence of Zoroastrian, Sasanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman, and Russian presence in cultural continuity. The Old Town has preserved much of its 12th-century defensive walls and Maiden Tower (Giz Galasy) and may other cultural structures dating from the 7th to 6th centuries BC, to the 15th-century Shirvanshahs’ Palace is one of the pearls of Azerbaijan’s architecture.

This private walking tour will guide you through the melding of cultures that have influenced the development of the surviving Medieval Old Town over the past nine centuries.  It is a tour of an outstanding and rare example of an historic urban ensemble and architecture, which still is a living, vibrant city with residential areas with local communities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage on 3 hours
  • History and Legends about Baku Old Town
  • Understand socio-cultural dynamics of Old Town
  • Best scenic spots for memorable photos
  • Soak up the atmosphere in Medieval Walled town
  • Led by local guide

DURATION: 3 hours

START TIMEs: 10AM, 1PM & 4PM

PRICE:

Group SizeGroup Price
1-5 ppl130 AZN
6-10 ppl170 AZN
11-15 ppl220 AZN
16-21 ppl270 AZN

Price includes:

  • Guided private sightseeing program;
  • A cup of tea at Coffee Moffie, a local community cafe;

Additional Info:

  • Tour is offered in English and Azerbaijani;
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately;
  • Subject to confirmation within 24 hour.
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Culinary Tour Food Tasting Tour

BAKU FOOD TASTING TOUR

Overview

Experience Baku through its food, drink on a walking tour across both medieval and trendy streets meanwhile enjoying sights, smells and tastes of Azerbaijan cuisine and culinary culture, and conclude the tour with a wine tasting. During the 3-hour your guide will lead you in a small group of up to seven people to the six cafes and restaurants, tea house, a candy shop and wine bar in Old Town and Downtown Baku. Come on the hungry side; samples are generous and a shared meal is included. This tour is ideal for food enthusiasts who like to have an overview into Azerbaijani cuisine over three-hour walking tour.

Highlights:

  • Learn about local cuisine and how locals eat and drink
  • Tasting a must-have foods and drinks of local cuisine
  • Visiting 6 top café and restaurants
  • One shared meal specialty of at one spot
  • Wine tasting at one of Baku’s best wine bars
  • Guided Baku Wine Tour
  • Insider’s Guide to Baku Dining
  • Small Group experience and flexibility

What to expect?

Meet your local guide and small group up to 7 people in Fountains Square, A central location in Baku. Then, your guide will take you to top restaurants and cafes of Baku to taste selection of Azerbaijani food as specialty of the visited spot. Meanwhile hear about Azerbaijani cuisine, food and drinking culture. Also interact with your with your sommelier and guide about Azerbaijani society in general. Taste generous samples of local food at each restaurant. Visit pastry and sweet shop for best Azerbaijani desserts. Then finish the tour with wine tasting experience at one top wine bars of Baku. At the end of your experience, leave the central location with new insight into Azerbaijani culinary history, and tips for the rest of your trip.

When?

Mon, Wed, Fri at 14:00 PM

Price per group:

Prices per group will be updated soon.

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Baku Free Tour

BAKU SOVIET&MODERN POP-CULTURE FREE TOUR

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Overview

In Baku Soviet&Modern Pop-Culture Free Tour you explore social-cultural-leasure heart of the downtown of Baku that labelled as “Tarqovı” (Nizami street) and learn about exquisite stories of love and hatred, rise and fall, happiness and tragedy, turmoil and tranquillity, contrast and harmony from confluent lifes of oil barons, Soviet times and everyday people.

You will be guided to social and cultural formation of Fountains Square (then Parapet), Nizami (then Torgovaya) and Khagani (Xəqani; then Molokanskaya) streets in Baku based on real life stories, urban legends and myths that have been developed through socialist Soviet and capitalist modern times. The tour ends with a free cup of black Azerbaijani tea at Coffee Moffie, a local coffee shop.

Highlights

  • Explore downtown on 2.5 hours walking tour
  • Understand Soviet times and Pop-Culture in Baku
  • Hear about Urban legends and myths
  • Soak up atmosphere of popular culture
  • Empathize with love stories of Baku
  • Spot central pubs and cafes
  • Led by a local guide
  • Tour ends with a glass of local wine

Meeting Point: In front of Pizza Hut/KFC at Fountains Square

The tour takes place every day except for SUNDAYS. However, booking is required.

Start Time: NOT AVAILABLE.

Tipping: This tour is entirely based on tips. How much you tip is completely up to you. You decide at the end of tour how much you think it is worth, or  what the amount is that guide deserves as an appreciation of services provided at the end.

Additional Info

  • At least two people required to run tour.
  • Tour is offered in English and Azerbaijani.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, except for harsh weather conditions.
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Baku Baku Private Tour

OIL HERITAGE PRIVATE WALKING TOUR

OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

In this private walking tour our guide walks you through streets of the historic core of Baku including Niyazi, Istiglaliyyet and Mutuza Mukhtarov, Nizami and Khagani streets. Meanwhile you discover the reflection of Baku’s past and hear about oil barons of the first oil boom era and their quest for personal glory and fame. The tour offers insider’s guide to urban exploration about social, cultural, political aspect of every-day life in Baku with background of stories based on real life of oil barons from late 19th and early 20th century as well as soviet and modern times.

The tour highlights how oil changed Baku as as the new generation of the first era of oil boom assumed their social responsibility for a change in an oriental conventional Muslim society. You will hear stories about Azerbaijan’s dilemma of East vs. West, oil barons’ hunger for personal glory and fame, influence of Polish architects, change and continuity through times under imperial Russia, Soviet and Independent Azerbaijan.

DURATION: 3 hours

START TIME: 11AM, 1PM & 3PM

PRICE:

Group SizeGroup Price
1-5 ppl130 AZN
6-10 ppl170 AZN
11-15 ppl220 AZN
16-21 ppl270 AZN

Price includes:

  • Fully narrated sightseeing program in private walking tour;
  • A cup of tea at Coffee Moffie, a local community cafe;
  • Local guide.

Additional Info:

  • Tour is offered in English and Azerbaijani;
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately;
  • Subject to confirmation within 24 hour.