Top things to do

Top Choice Palace in Şəki

Xan Sarayı

This ornate 1762 palace building features vivid murals and dazzling coloured light streaming through şəbəkə (stained-glass) windows making it Şəki’s foremost ‘sight’ and one of the South Caucasus’ most iconic buildi…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Şəki

Fazıl Labarynth

Over a dozen close-packed grave sites from the 2nd to 7th centuries BC have been excavated but left exactly as they were found with pots, talismen and the bones of sacrificed animals in situ. One can almost 'feel' t…
Azerbaijani in Şəki

Çələbi Xan Restoran

The restaurant’s striking exterior combines classic şəbəkə with modern smoked glass while the pine interior is as eccentric as a cuckoo clock. There’s lots of tree-shaded outdoor seating and for just AZN2 you could …
High Tea in Şəki

Old Sheki Teahouse

Fabulously atmospheric, but only serving tea by the samovar accompanied by jams, fruit and confectionery (costing a minimum of AZN6).
International in Şəki

Şəbəkə Restaurant

Despite the ironed, snow-white tablecloths, suede chairs and chandelier, this suave restaurant is nowhere near as expensive as it looks. The short but varied menu includes pastas, pizza, ləvəngi, kebab sets and veal…
Lounge in Şəki

Buta Bar

Decked with Moroccan-style lamps, the inviting little Buta Bar brews Şəki’s best coffee and is a rare place where unaccompanied women won't be ill-judged for ordering alcoholic beverages.
Food in Şəki

Halvaçi Yəhyə

Şəki is famed for its super-sweet, syrup-soaked halva, which is actually more like a form of paxlava. Yəhyə is our favourites of countless local brands.
Notable Building in Şəki

Çingis Klubu

This polished new centre remembers TV journalist and national hero Çingis Mustafayev who died in 1992 filming the Karabakh War. Photos of his life are complemented by a small but well-chosen gallery of modern Azerba…
Museum in Şəki

Historical-Regional Ethnography Museum named after Raşidbey Əfəndiyev

Tour groups are marched dutifully around this dowdy museum whose name is its most impressive feature. Exhibits include archaeological oddments, ethnographical artefacts and the usual emotive panels on WWII, Karabakh…
Workshop in Şəki

Şəbəkə Workshop

The şəbəkə stained-glass windows featured at Xan Sarayı are laboriously made by slotting together hundreds of hand-carved wooden pieces to create intricate wooden frames without metal fastenings. You can see them be…