Top 10 Things to Do in Yerevan, Armenia (+Photos)

What do eight friends do on a midnight train from Georgia? Well, they wait for the sun to rise over Ararat and enjoy a whirlwind weekend in Armenia! And this is exactly what we did! The Armenian capital is a highly underrated destination with some truly unexpected charm that had us spellbound.

Yerevan, the capital city, is a brilliant mix of old and new schools, with modern buildings that give nods to its soviet past. Considering that Armenia is less than half the size of Ireland, it’s easy to understand that most of the sights outside of the capital are easy day trips. We managed to squeeze in five major stops on a one-day tour and had time to spare for some well-deserved brandies!

Climb The Steps of The Cascade

Steps of The Cascade

The Cascade in Yerevan is one of the most flashy attractions in the city and it was completed in the early 80s. You will scale more than 500 steps to the top as you ascend the 5 levels. But if you are smart (and/or lazy), take the elevator on the left side of the cascade and pop out at the top. Then walk down on the inside of the building to see a fantastic collection of historic and contemporary art.

Steps of The Cascade

When you reach the top, the reward is beyond words—a breathtaking panorama of Yerevan, crowned by the majestic silhouette of Mount Ararat. This is by far the best view you will get during your visit.

See the Smallest and Biggest Books at the Matenadaran Museum

Matenadaran Museum

In the hallowed halls of the Matenadaran Museum, you can explore hundreds of thousands of ancient manuscripts that tell the story of Armenian history, heritage and language. These scrips also offer valuable insight into gloabal history and the development of early Christianity.

Probably the most famous exhibit at the museum is the display with the largest and the smallest Armenian books. This might not sound like much but when you consider the smallest dates back to the 14th century and only weighs 19g, you might think again. The largest, the Msho Charentir, is from the 13th century and weighs almost 28kg!

Stroll Around Republic Square and Make a Pulpulak Pitstop

Republic Square

Republic Square is the heartbeat of the city and it is worth just taking a leisurely stroll to let and let its grandeur wash over you. The blue water of the fountain outside the National Museum is akin to that of the Trevvi fountain and from March onward you can watch them dance to music at night.

Republic Square

You need to seek out the Pulpulak fountain—an authentic Armenian experience that’s both refreshing and revitalizing. It consists of seven smaller drinking fountains and sipping from one is a right of passage in Yerevan.

See The World’s Oldest Shoe

History Museum of Armenia

This is one shoe that probably won’t attract Carrie Bradshaw but at the history History Museum of Armenia, you can see the world’s oldest shoe. It’s a humble artifact that speaks volumes about Armenia’s ancient craftsmanship and ingenuity. The Areni-1 shoe is almost 3,500 years old so it seems like we are being modest when we say “Leather lasts a lifetime!”

Find Peace at Katoghike


Amidst the hustle and bustle of Yerevan, find solace in the serene embrace of Katoghike, a hidden gem among the city’s architectural treasures. With its graceful lines and tranquil atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to pause, reflect, and recharge your spirit.

We walked about 15 minutes from Republic Square to light a candle inside its humble interior. But something must be said for entering a building that has been standing through more than 800 years of wars and sieges.

Toast Armenia at A Brandy Tasting

Brandy Tasting

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of my trip was the brandy tasting at Ararat Destillery. Here we could raise a glass to Armenian hospitality with a brandy tasting experience that’s as warm and welcoming as the people themselves. From the smooth amber hues to the rich, complex flavors, each sip tells a story of tradition, craftsmanship, and the art of savoring life’s simple pleasures.

Get The Best Arrarat Views from Khor Virap

Khor Virap

Our first trip out of the city was to see the magnificent setting of Khor Virap. It is just under an hour from the city and against the backdrop of Mount Ararat, it’s a place where legend and history intertwine.


We miscalculated our visit and went there on easter weekend, leaving this otherwise quiet location overflowing with pilgrims. This being said, it was quite an experience to see this ancient church still being used for its intended purpose, overlooking the spot where Noah and his ark met dry land.

Make The Pilgrimage to Geghard


The depths of Geghard monastery is quite spectacular, leaving you to discover a world carved from the very rock it is surrounded by. This monastery dates as far back as the 4th century but the stone-carved building is from the 13th century.

As you wind your way out of the mountains, remember to stop at one of the roadside bakeries where you can buy a Gata pastry/bread/cake. Whatever you want to call this Armenian treat, it is sweet and decadent and probably sinful.

See What Pagans Were Up to At Garni Temple

Garni Temple

Garni Temple was one of the most surprising stops for me. In a corner of the world dominated by Christianity and cathedrals, this pagan temple was a fascinating find. This temple is almost in perfect condition and is surrounded by rugged cliffs, making it even more impressive.

Garni Temple

Staying true to my road-tripping roots, we packed a picnic and had lunch under the shade of a peach tree. I cannot confirm nor deny whether this was permissible but it was memorable nonetheless.

Pay Your Respects at The Armenian Genocide Museum

Armenian Genocide Museum

The Armenian Genocide is a controversial location as some people do not recognize this event as a genocide. But for the Armenian people, the scars are still fresh as they often still face persecution.

Armenian Genocide Museum

This makes this an even more poignant and somber visit, one that is raw and uncomfortable but important.

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