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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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,...

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Agha Bozorg

Tucked away down an ornately tiled staircase, this cosy underground teahouse is full of young Iranians flirting, drinking tea, smoking hookahs and eating (in that order) under attractive vaulted and tiled...

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Romance Cafe

Upstairs in an alley, this charming multiroom cafe is an ideal place to escape the traffic mayhem around Ferdowsi Sq. The Middle European atmosphere, with patterned wallpaper, high ceilings and dark wood chairs...

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Nazdik Cafe

One of central Tehran's most pleasantly designed cafes, Nazdik has both indoor and outdoor areas and a contemporary vibe. It's a popular spot for breakfast, and there's a good choice of herbal teas as well as the...

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Godot Cafe

Hanging baskets of plants create a fresh, garden feel to the arched entranceway to this cafe named after one of Samuel Beckett's most famous characters. Whether or not you end up waiting for eternity here for...

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Markov Cafe Gallery

Occupying a small wing of the old red-brick prison at Qsar Garden Museum, this is one of two pleasant cafes overlooking the surrounding sculpture park. Named after the prison's Russian architect, Markov has the...

Cafe in Shemshak & Darbansar

Siavash

This pleasant cafe, a short walk downhill from Darbansar Ski Resort, is where locals hang out, sipping coffee or tea, tucking into cakes and puffing on water pipes. It's also a good spot for enquiring about...

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Cafe 78

A good place to get in touch with Tehran’s hip young artistic community is this arty cafe plastered with posters for events and a wanderlust wall of tourist maps from across Iran. The coffee, wide range of teas,...

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Un Cafe

With its solid dark-wood tables and chairs, black-and-white photo portraits and gleaming espresso machine, this is an excellent cafe with an artsy feel – it sometimes hosts music concerts, too. There's a range of...

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Viuna Café

In the lovely gardens of the Film Museum of Iran, this chic cafe, one of a chain you'll find across Tehran, serves a wide range of expensive but very drinkable Italian coffees, as well as light meals. It’s an...

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Cafe Opera

Brick-walled and attractively decked out with old projectors, cameras and radios, this is a cosy little place to stop for coffee or hot chocolate, particularly if you've been to a concert or play at nearby Vahdat...