Yerevan in Armenia, Tbilisi in Georgia and Baku in Azerbaijan are three colourful and hospitable capitals of the South Caucasian region. They represent their countries in the best possible way. Once referred to as post-Soviet cities, they have transformed into modern European capitals with all the charm, services and amenities that invite a visit.
With the Eurasian summer fast approaching and the weather warming up, very soon the open-air cafes and restaurants will open their doors to welcome both locals and foreigners. Anoush from Arara Tour has done deep research and shares the following with us. Here is a look at the best summer Caucasian restaurants, those that go beyond the ordinary and are found high on the rooftops offering spectacular views.
Yerevan in Armenia, Tbilisi in Georgia and Baku in Azerbaijan, three colourful and hospitable capitals.
Yerevan, the capital of Armenia
Level Eleven Rooftop Restaurant, Yerevan
Level 11 restaurant is located in the heart of Yerevan overlooking the Republic Square, one of the main capital sights. When the weather is warm the singing fountains of the square start their amazing show, which can be enjoyed from the top of the restaurant. Huge panoramic windows, a veranda, luxurious interior and design details of the restaurant will turn any evening into an unforgettable memory. The menu includes dishes of intercontinental cuisine, as well as newly interpreted versions of traditional Armenian dishes.
Cascade Royal, Yerevan
The cafe is located at the very top of the Cascade architectural monument next to the Charles Aznavour Museum. From the cafe terrace, you can enjoy the view of the Cascade, the Opera house and the central streets of Yerevan. The menu consists of European dishes with a rich wine list and unique cocktails from the bar. The cafe also has a closed in room for the cold season.
Italiano Ristorante, Yerevan
One of the most prestigious restaurants, Italiano Ristorante is located on the roof of The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel. The luxurious restaurant with a no less luxurious view of the city centre offers exclusive Italian cuisine. The most interesting part of the restaurant is the open kitchen. Guests can watch how their meal is prepared. It is always a treat to enjoy warm Yerevan evenings on the veranda of the restaurant.
El Sky Bar, Yerevan
El Sky Bar is a popular place for young people. The cafe-bar is located on the roof of Yerevan Plaza business centre with a beautiful view of the city. In the summer, every night the club hosts local and international DJs. The interior is all white, and that’s why the club often organizes white parties. The kitchen of the bar is continental with a large selection of seafood dishes.
Montmartre Restaurant Cocktail Bar, Yerevan
What can be better than a wonderful French restaurant in the heart of Yerevan? The Montmartre Restaurant Cocktail Bar is located on the roof of the Hotel Paris. The classic, elegant interior is always decorated with fresh flowers. You can hear pleasant music sounds and feel the allure of Paris. The restaurant has both a closed hall and a terrace with a beautiful view of the city centre. In the summer, it’s nice to enjoy local and European dishes.
– Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia
Xeme Restaurant, Tbilisi
Xeme is a new luxurious restaurant with a 360-degree view of the city on the 31st floor of The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi. The first impression of the restaurant is the transparent high-speed elevator lift that takes you to the top floor of the skyscraper. The classic restrained interior is in perfect harmony with the beautiful view of Old Tbilisi. The international cuisine of the restaurant is completed with a rich selection of Georgian wines.
144 Stairs Café, Tbilisi
144 Stairs Café is a beautiful secluded place in the city centre. The place is not easy to find, but after your first visit, it will definitely become your favourite place in Tbilisi. The terrace offers an amazing view of the city centre and main attractions. 144 Stairs are not just a cafe, but a small art centre where artists like to gather. Art Cafe has its own gallery with the works of young Georgian artists from the group of “Generation of the 90s” .
Funicular Restaurant, Tbilisi
Funicular Restaurant is one of the first in the city. It was very popular in Soviet times with its delicious national dishes. The restaurant is located on the mountain Mtatsminda with the best view of the entire city. The restaurant complex has several levels. Chela restaurant with traditional Georgian cuisine is located on the lower level. On the second floor, there is a lounge bar where it is pleasant to spend evenings with a glass of wine. A large hall with the best view is located on the upper floor. The ballroom is ideal for parties.
Tiflis Veranda Restaurant, Tbilisi
The Tiflis Veranda restaurant in classic style offers delicious dishes of European and traditional Georgian cuisine, as well as one of the best views of Mount Mtatsminda, Narikala Fortress, the river and the Peace Bridge. The open-air bar with sofas is a great place to relax into the summer evenings.
City Roof Terrace Bar, Tbilisi
One of the most interesting and colourful cafes is located on the roof of the Ibis Styles Tbilisi Center hotel. City Roof Terrace Bar is an explosion of colour. There are so many bright shades and light that you feel positive energy right after stepping in. Unique vintage details were added to the interior, among them a retro car, refrigerator, interesting statues from a mosaic and more. In the evenings you can enjoy live music. City Roof Terrace Bar is a popular place for fans of selfies and creative photos. The menu offers a large selection of Japanese and Vietnamese dishes.
– Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan
Sky Grill, Baku
The Sky Grill at the Hilton Baku Hotel is a prestigious and popular restaurant with the best view of the Caspian Sea. The restaurant is located on the 25th floor of the hotel. The interior with classy soft furniture is perfect for both business dinners and for a romantic evening. In addition to the main hall, there is a VIP room and a terrace. Mediterranean and Azerbaijani dishes are prepared in the show kitchen.
Telequlle Restaurant, Baku
The most romantic place in Baku is the Telequlle restaurant on the 27th floor of the TV tower. You can enjoy the best view of the city from Telequlle. The restaurant is a round room with large windows. The interior is strict but cozy. The menu offers national and European cuisine. This is a popular place for parties.
Terrace Garden Restaurant & Q-Bar, Baku
Terrace Garden and Q-Bar is another interesting place in Baku. The lounge bar and restaurant are located on the roof of the Sultan Inn. The bar and restaurant offer a beautiful panorama of the Old Town; the Maiden’s Tower, Baku Bay, the caravanserai and other attractions. The strict, but at the same time, cozy interior of the Terrace Garden restaurant looks so harmonious on the background of historical monuments. Q-Bar, by contrast, is simpler. The interior of the bar resembles the deck of a ship with wooden benches and fishing nets.
Gate 25, Baku
One of the most popular restaurants with a panoramic view of the city is Gate 25 Restaurant. It is located on the roof of a skyscraper, offering a gorgeous view of the whole city and the Caspian Sea. The restaurant is located in the White City, the industrial district of Baku, which has been completely reconstructed. The loft is decorated with trees and plants and has huge windows.
Museum Inn Restaurant, Baku
The Museum Inn restaurant is located in the Old Baku, close to the main attractions. Multi-level terraces offer one of the best views of the Old Town. Each terrace is decorated in a different way. The lower level is made in oriental style with small sofas to drink tea. The second terrace is a hookah bar, the uppermost terrace is suitable for parties and dinners with friends.
** Now here’s an area that I can’t wait to spend an extended period of time in.