Souvenirs To Buy In Armenia & Where To Find Them
The common question that tourists usually ask is “What to buy in Armenia?”
If you want to savor an authentic shopping experience in Armenia, especially the best examples of Armenian folk art, souvenirs, handicrafts and antiques, carved wood and art works, needlework, dolls, traditional carpets, old collections of coins and medallions, books, unique jewellery, and much more – Yerevan’s Vernissage market is right up your alley.
This is one of the best open air markets in the world and most crowded market in Yerevan. The Vernissage is starting with the Republic Square Metro Station and ending up on the Khanjyan Street. The market is fully functioning on the weekends, though, lots of vendors show up on weekdays as well.
Another great place to buy art and souvenirs in Yerevan is the Dalan Art & Souvenir Shop, located on one of the oldest streets of Yerevan, the Abovian Street. This tiny, very cozy shop is filled with an abundance of handmade crafts and jewelry made by local craftsmen. The atmosphere is simply magical thanks to the variety of colors and symbolism displayed all around.
The offer of souvenirs in this shop ranges from items of more traditional Armenian craftsmanship to small pieces of art executed in rather modern fashion by contemporary artists. Whether you’re looking to buy a piece of traditional jewelry as a souvenir or something more mainstream like a magnet with Yerevan’s skyline – check them all out in Dalan.
“The New York Times” praised the Dalan’s second floor Art gallery for their unique exhibitions. Every time here you can find completely different exhibition, as the works are being changed quite often during the course of weeks. There is no entrance fee to that gallery.
If you go through the shop, you end up in the inner courtyard, and this is where you find a lovely Abovyan 12 Café Restaurant – serene and quiet place in central Yerevan with good ambiance. If the weather is nice, you can sit directly in the garden, or on the balcony.
Ask our Phoenix Tour guides for assistance for shopping in Armenia, which includes a run-down of the best Armenian souvenirs, plus recommendations for where to do your souvenir shopping in Yerevan.