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Museum in Sanandaj

Asef Mansion

A fascinating museum of Kurdish culture awaits in a restored two-storey mansion dating back to the Safavids, complete with subterranean hammam. Mannequins are dressed in the distinctive tribal costumes still worn in…
Iranian in Sanandaj

Jahannama

Looking for all the world like a basement bric-a-brac shop, with ancient radios and crazy wooden statues, Jahannama serves up delicious food, especially the house khoresht sabzi (vegetable, meat and bean stew). Othe…
Cafe in Sanandaj

Kaal Book Cafe

A grungy, narrow doorway leads to a refined, intimate courtyard that's perfect for a coffee or exotic chay and cake fix on the way back from Abidar Park. It's behind Molavi Sq.
Cafe in Sanandaj

Toranj Book Cafe

Shut off the outside world and relax in the intimacy of this restored traditional Sanandaj Jewish house, where you wish you could read the books. It's near Namaki Blvd.
Museum in Sanandaj

Lotfolla Sheik-al-Islam Mansion

The well-renovated Qajar Lotfolla Sheikh-al-Islam Mansion houses the regional museum, whose orosi (multicoloured windows) – said to have 42,000 pieces of stained glass – were designed for practicality as well as bea…
Historic Building in Sanandaj

Khan Hammam

One of several historic hammams of Sanandaj, the unusual 1805 Khan Hammam has grey-and-white floral and bird motifs, attractive tiling and remarkably lifelike ‘bathers’. The easily missed door has a brass ‘fist’ kno…
Historic Site in Sanandaj

Khosroabad Mansion

This formerly grand mansion was once the palace of Amonulla Khan. It has an impressive central courtyard with reflecting pools but is otherwise now in a fairly parlous state. Find it at the western end of the park b…
Historic Site in Sanandaj

Moshir Divan

This iconic Qajar mansion, one of several historic buildings in town that are undergoing excruciatingly slow renovations, hides seven courtyards behind its formidable entrance off Shohoda St. Buzz if the doors are c…
Iranian in Sanandaj

Morvarid Restaurant

Just off crowded Ferdosi St is the reliable Morvarid with its eye-searingly red interior. Try the Kurdish kofte (meatballs).
Mosque in Sanandaj

Masjed-e Jameh

This Qajar-era mosque was built for Amonulla Khan, with tiled twin minarets, 32 interior domes and two verandas.