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Top Choice Iranian in Hamadan

Delta Sofrakhane Sonati

This delightful neotraditional retreat lies beneath the unremarkable Delta restaurant using separate stairs from outside. Tea (US$1) comes in ceramic Lalejin pots, women can smoke qalyan on carpeted bed-seats withou…
Teahouse in Hamadan

Chaykhuneh Baharestan

This atmospheric, if decidedly down-market 100% male teahouse is charmingly adorned with metalwork, sepia photos and Quranic murals. It’s ideal for a greasy fried-egg breakfast, cheap abgusht (aka dizi) lunch or a p…
Iranian in Hamadan

Hezaroyek Shab

This cosy if slightly garish restaurant is quite a trek south of the centre (US$2 by dar baste taxi) but there’s a wide Irano-European menu and owner Pari Bakhtiyari speaks fluent English. Call ahead.
Kababis in Hamadan


Down easy-to-miss stairs, Kaktus remains one of Hamadan’s most popular middle-class kabab restaurants. It’s tastefully lit if not imaginatively decorated.
Mausoleum in Hamadan

Alaviyan Dome

The name is now a misnomer, as the 12th-century green dome, immortalised in a Khaqani reference, has long since been removed. The dome-less brick tower remains famous for the whirling floral stucco added in the Ilkh…
Mausoleum in Hamadan

Baba Taher Mausoleum

Of a similar era to the BuAli Sina (Avicenna) Mausoleum but architecturally less successful is this heavily buttressed mausoleum. It looks like a failed prototype for Thunderbird 3. There’s little reason to go insid…
Religious in Hamadan

Esther & Mordecai Tomb

This vaguely Tolkeinesque, 14th-century tomb tower was once Iran’s most important Jewish pilgrimage site. These days visitors are few and far between and some of the Hebrew inscriptions have been repainted so often …
Archaeological Site in Hamadan

Hegmataneh Hill

In the mud beneath this scraggy low hill lies Hamadan’s ancient Median and Achaemenid city site. Small sections of the total area have been fitfully excavated by several teams over the last century, most extensively…
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Pottery Shops

pottery shops sell colourful, locally famous pottery from Lalejin.
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Union of Carpet Co-operatives

Hamadan region is famous for its leatherwork, wooden inlay, ceramics and carpets. Try contacting the Union of Carpet Co-operatives.