Tehran & Around drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Tehran

Sam Cafe

A coffee roaster dominates the entrance to the slickest of north Tehran's many fashionable cafes and chief hang-out of the city's privileged. Down your third-wave brew at the long shared table or lounging in a low-s…
Top Choice Teahouse in Tehran

Haj Ali Darvish Teahouse

There's been a teahouse here next to Abdollah Khan Madrassa since 1917, and Haj Kazem's father Ali took over the business in 1962. It's now a stand-up 2m-wide stall rather than a sit-down teahouse, but still worth s…
Top Choice Cafe in Tehran

Cafe Upartmaan

Although it's plagued by cigarette smoke, this large, multisectioned cafe is still well worth dropping by for its wide-ranging drinks and food menu, liberal vibe and the excellent crafts shop by the entrance selling…
Top Choice Cafe in Tehran

Lamiz

Lamiz has several outlets of its Seattle-style cafes around Tehran. This super-chic branch is the most central and boasts a wide range of drinks, including unusual ones such as matcha (powdered green tea). It also o…
Top Choice Cafe in Tehran

Cake Studio Vorta

Who doesn't love a cupcake? At this cute and buzzy cafe close by Tehran University, they're made well-slathered with butter-cream icing, plus there's several other sweet confections to go with the good coffee and ex…
Cafe in Tehran

Cafe Naderi

On the ground floor of the Hotel Naderi, this pastel-shaded cafe has long been a favourite, attracting a curious mix of students, artists and grannies in a setting that is circa 1950s Paris (unrenovated). The cafe f…
Teahouse in Tehran

Timcheh Akbarian

This traditional teahouse occupies what was the first Iranian bank some 260 years ago during the Qajar era. Carpeted booths on two levels look on to a long thin pool with a fountain. The traditional lunch of dizi (l…
Cafe in Tehran

Cafe de France

On Ghandi's upper level, Cafe de France whisks you to the Left Bank with its dark wood, retro tables and chairs, messy display of books and cosy ambience. It serves all kinds of caffeinated drinks, cakes, sandwiches…
Cafe in Tehran

Chai Bar

Occupying a pavilion in the grounds of a grand old mansion that now houses Art Centre Galleries, Chai Bar blends traditional Iranian style with a superb garden location (outdoor seats are warmed by heaters in winter…
Cafe in Tehran

Cafe Gallery

Located above Iranshahr Theatre in Artists’ Park, Cafe Gallery is hard to beat in central Tehran as a place to sit and soak up the scene. You can soak up some art (it’s a functioning gallery) and some sun, too, if y…