First time and an unplanned visit to Armenia
Last year I visited Armenia for the first time, for work, for a brief period. Thanks to years of reading and web surfing about famous monuments, I could recognize and adore a few as I was passing by in a Taxi. I Spent my daytime at work. I only got to see Armenia by night when I was tired, and the shops were closed.
Remember when you visit the National Library, Matenadaran, there is a small souvenir shop on the right. For me, anything made in Armenia was a blessing like sports uniforms with the national Emblem and the Armenian flag for my kids. I bought them copy books with famous Armenians pictures on the cover.
I was able to bring with me some nice souvenirs from Armenia. Most were those in my head, in photos, and a few that I was able to buy last minute at the airport, at a higher price naturally. So preparing for a second visit, I made a checklist of where I wanted to go and what souvenirs I would bring back.
Thanks to my kind host Ani, I could visit Cafesdjian Center and the Cascades fast and furiously, see and adore Ararat from the top, and walk by The Opera and The Yerevan Metro. On a Sunday, I visited the Matenadaran, where I took my time to adore every piece on display, take photos and kneel in front of Msho Djarendir in tears.
I took selfies with the Monuments of Aram And Nzhdeh, Tamanyan, Komitas, and Saryan. I saw Mayr Hayastan, Tzitzernakaberd, and Hrazdan Stadium from afar. I couldn’t stop my tears when I was back on the plane, as I hadn’t fully quenched my thirst.
Is Yerevan Good For Shopping? Where are the gift shops?
|Name||Address||Opening Hours||Tel. Number|
|Yerevan Mall||34 Arshakunyats Ave||10 AM- 10 PM||+374 11 888888|
|Tashir Street||6/2 Northern Ave||10 AM- 10 PM||+374 12 202202|
|RIO Mall||8 Vahram Papazyan St||10 AM- 10 PM||+374 11 281888|
|Tashir Trade Center||33 Movses Khorenatsi Street||10 AM- 8 PM||+374 10 545435|
|Rossia Mall||16 Tigran Mets Ave||10 AM- 10 PM||+374 11 200500|
|Metronome Shopping Center||22, 10 Isahakyan St||10 AM- 10 PM||+374 10 540031|
|Underground shopping mall||5 Northern Ave||10 AM- 10 PM|
|Shopping Mall In Yerevan||12 Tigran Mets Ave||10 AM- 8 PM||+374 77 529972|
|Dalma Garden Mall||3 Tsitsernakaberd Hwy||10 AM- 10 PM||+374 60 461111|
|Galerie Royale||2/7 Hin Yerevantsi St.|
12 Byron St, Yerevan
|11 AM- 8 PM||+374 10 568018|
|Erebuni Mall||17, 1 Erebuni St||10 AM- 10 PM||+374 98 030606|
|Shopping City||2 Kristapor St||10 AM- 8 PM||+374 41 558811|
|Vernissage Rossia mall||16 Tigran Mets Ave||10 AM- 10 PM||+374 99 110095|
|Yerevan Christmas Market||Northern Avenue 1, Yerevan 0010||10 AM- 8 PM|
What to buy from Armenia? Shopping for Famous Products and Gifts Made in Armenia
Are you searching for something special, made in Armenia, to impress your fashionista girlfriends back home? Don’t forget to check the following clothing, cosmetics, and accessories products.
Shabeeg. You ought to visit their store on Tigran Mets 30. Are you into showing off your heritage and Armenian ethnicity? You have to get one of the items featuring Hayk Nahabed, Anahid, or Komitas or show off your Armenian DNA.
Bnakan Cosmetics offers Natural and Organic cosmetics for face and hair care Made in Armenia. They offer consumers Natural masks made of herbal extracts and natural shampoo soap that promises prevention of hair loss even from the first use.
Last-minute Shopping in Armenia? Here’s your Checklist!
Armenia is an ancient country with a rich spiritual and material heritage. Every guest who visits wants to take a piece of our sunny land with them.
With this article, we will try to help you choose from a vast list of souvenirs from Armenia that reflect the Armenian people’s history, traditions, mentality, and spirit. In this regard, Armenia can provide many options for people with different interests and preferences.
Carpets and handicrafts
Since ancient times, the Armenian people have been famous for unique carpet weaving and handicrafts. Despite the losses during the wars, many perennial and even centuries-old carpets, as well as patterns that are still used by modern factories, have survived to this day.
Carpets can be purchased at Megerian Carpet, Tufenkian, or at the Vernissage souvenir market. At “Megerian Carpet,” you can also familiarize yourself with the technology of hand-made carpets.
Cognac and wines
Are you in Yerevan? Make sure to visit the Yerevan Brandy Factory “Ararat,” where you can get acquainted with the history and technology of cognac production and purchase cognacs of different aging.
A 6,000-year-old winery was recently found in Armenia, which testifies to the centuries-old winemaking tradition. In the Areni distillery in the village of the same name, you can buy grape and pomegranate wines of various aging, as well as the distillery’s innovation – a series of fruit wines.
By ordering a wine tour in Armenia, you can buy a rich assortment of Armenian wineries directly from producers at an affordable price. If you are ready for an adventure here is a list for you to choose from:
- Voskevaz Winery in Voskevaz
- Van Ardi Winery in Ashtarak
- VOSKENI wines in Yerevan
- Armenia Wine Company in Sasunik, Armenia
- Areni Wine Factory in Areni
- Momik WineCube Winery in Areni
- Tushpa Wine Cellar Winery in Taperakan
- ArmAs Winery in Aragatsotn
- Karas Wines in Armavir
- 365 Wines in Yerevan
- STORK NEST WINERY in Sasunik
- Trinity Canyon Vineyards in Aghavnadzor Village
- KOOR Wines Vineyard in Aghavnadzor Village
- Yerevan Champagne Wine Factory in Yerevan
- Van 777 Winery in Taperakan, Armenia
- Maran Vineyards in 18, Vagharshyan str., apt 18
Handmade Jewelry, Watches, Made in Armenia
What better After getting acquainted with the heritage of jewelry in the museums of Armenia, you will be interested in the modern interpretation of this art form; for many centuries, our masters have mastered it to perfection. You will be offered a vast selection of gold and silver items in the Yerevan Gold Market at reasonable prices.
At the Vernissage of Rossia mall store, you will find unique and distinctive handicrafts of Armenian masters. You can also find the works of such famous brands as Hrachya Ohanyan, Woodzone, Copper right, and Glasswood. with its unique range of brands.
Armenia can also offer a variety of ceramics. Ceramic vessels and household items are decorated with peculiar ornament using national symbols: Mount Ararat, pomegranate, grapes, apricot, etc.
Such products can be purchased at souvenir shops, shops on Amiryan and Abovyan streets, as well as at the Vernissage market. If you didn’t have the chance to visit the shops, you can order Armenian Ceramic online on Amazon
Duduk is an Armenian national musical instrument made from apricot tree wood, occasionally from mulberry; is also a national symbol. Duduk can be purchased at local souvenir shops or at the Vernissage market.
Children’s Toys Made in Armenia
Isn’t it every parent’s dream to have Armenian-speaking dolls or Armenian educational board games for their children? Or is it just me? the solution is very simple when visiting Armenia, make sure you visit any library, where you will find a huge selection of items with Armenian inscriptions or stories.
Zarman Toys is a social enterprise that produces environmentally friendly developmental games and toys, talking notebooks. It is engaged in the creation and production of “talking notebooks” and environmentally friendly development games.
The oldest 5500-year-old shoe was recently found in the Birds Cave in the village of Areni. Modern and high-quality domestic footwear can be purchased at malls like Dalma Mall, Rio Mall, or On Abovyan Street. You can also get acquainted with the technology of making shoes from natural matter at Chust Shoes.
Votnaman Shoes, if you believe that each shoe should be comfortable, light, and made of environmentally friendly raw materials – Votnaman Shoes believes that this is the most important principle and idea when buying shoes. Add to that Handmade shoes of Armenian production and designs.
Dry Fruits and Nuts
Our country is rich in fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This variety gives particular preference to apricots, grapes, pomegranates, figs, mulberries, and medicinal herbs, which are endemic. It is these fruits that most of all need the sun, which Armenia abounds in.
Delicious dried fruits, preserves, jams, and juices are obtained from these fruits. The popular “Armenian snickers” – walnuts soaked in the sweet filling, is a huge success.
You can also try walnut jam. Homemade vodka is obtained from all these fruits. All this can be purchased while moving from city to city or in the sweets section of the “Tashir” complex.
Sweets & Chocolate
Armenian national pastry “gata” is a puff pastry with various fillings. You can buy it during the transfers or from the Geghard Monastery. Domestic chocolate can be purchased in the brand store of the “Grand Candy” company – the only chocolate manufacturer in Armenia.
All of the above is available throughout Armenia, and in Yerevan itself, you can shop at the Vernissage market. It sells souvenirs with national symbols, carpets, music discs of famous Armenian composers, accessories of national costumes, handicrafts, antiques, and much more.
With that, we would like to wish you interesting shopping and a pleasant trip to Armenia!