On the east side of Lyabi-Hauz is a statue of Hoja Nasruddin, a semi-mythical ‘wise fool’ who appears in Sufi teaching-tales around the...
Nadir Divanbegi Khanaka
On the west side of the square, and built at the same time, is the Nadir Divanbegi Khanaka, a sufi cloister used for religious...
East Line Tour
In a town that's perfect for exploring on bike, this is the only agency that rents them (US$15 per day, leave your passport as a...
This pioneering, family-run cafe has good coffee available and well-intended, if rather slow service. There's a selection of sweet items...
Dining alfresco around the venerable pool with grey-beards, local families and (increasingly) plenty of other tourists is the...
Lyabi-Hauz, a plaza built around a pool in 1620 (the name is Tajik for ‘around the pool’), is the most peaceful and interesting spot in town – shaded by mulberry trees as old as the pool. The old tea-sipping, chessboard-clutching Uzbek men who once inhabited this corner of town have been moved on by local entrepreneurs bent on cashing in on the tourist trade. Still, the plaza maintains its old-world style and has managed to fend off the glitz to which Samarkand’s Registan has succumbed, although loud music of an evening is to be expected. It's still a gorgeous place to sit throughout the day.