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Thyme Tea

Thyme, or as Persians call it “avishan”, is an herb with many culinary and medicinal uses. It’s leaves are used to season red meat, fish and even soups and salads. Thyme oil is used for massages and treating back problems such as backaches and spasms. Persians, on the other hand, use thyme tea as a […]

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Sholeh Beryane Zireh

Sholeh Beryane Zireh is a local Isfahani favorite. It is very similar to Halim in look, taste and texture. In order to cook this nutritious food, you should first braise lamb tenderloin with some onions and spices. In a separate pot, Persian broken rice is steamed to form a sticky base. The meat is chopped […]

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Lavender Tea

Lavender or as Persians call it “ustukhuddus” is a plant with multiple purposes. Lavender oil is a natural mosquito repellent. Its flowers yield nectar, from which bees make a high-quality monofloral honey. Lavender greens are used similar to rosemary to flavour meat and vegetables. Persians use dried English lavender buds to make a tasty tea. […]

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Beryan

Beryan is the signature dish of Isfahan. It is famous worldwide on account of its exotic taste and texture. Isfahan’s Beryan or as the locals all it “beryun” is very different than indian biryani. As a matter of fact it does not have any rice but rather is a rich fried lamb meat patty, topped [...]
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Khoresht Mast

In Persian cuisine, the word “khoresht” mostly refers to thick, sour stews which are served as main meals alongside a some sort of rice dish. On the other hand, Khoresht Mast (literally meaning “yogurt stew”), despite having the name khoresht in the title, is a bright yellow, sweet dessert and mostly served as a side [...]
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Cafe Roozegar – A Blast From The Past

Artists and authors usually have a unique taste. In every city there are some local spots that are particularly popular with the artistic community. Cafe Roozegar located near Sheikh Lot-follah Mosque is a go-to place for young hip college students and artists in Isfahan. After visiting Sheikh Lot-follah, the inviting aroma of coffee draws your [...]
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Radio Cafe

Living in the 21st century includes lots of tension and stress. We all hate air pollution, car horns and traffic. In order to escape from it all, i’m going to take you to Charbagh Abbasi, a traditional part of Isfahan where no cars are allowed. The most famous part of Charbagh is Sepahan alley. Radio [...]
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Arabo Sandwich

Armenians of Isfahan have a lot in common with Italians of New York. They are both specialists in making wine, confectionery and processed meat. Jolfa(their neighborhood) is very similar to Little Italy too. It’s historic and full of authentic Armenian restaurants. Arabo is located in Vank Church alley of Jolfa. The owners named it after [...]
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Shad Beryani – Your Favorite Hole In The Wall

Beryan or as the locals call it beryoon(ber-yoon) is the traditional food of Isfahan. Shad beryani is one of the oldest and most respected places in Isfahan. The shop is in a tight, narrow alley and there is always a long line in front of it indicating its popularity. Although The appearance is not Shad’s [...]
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Safavi Cafe

Nowadays most old historic buildings get teared down and give their place to apartments and towers. This phenomenon is devouring historic cities like Isfahan and destroying their harmony. The owners of Safavi cafe have rescued one of these historic houses located in the end of Khaghani Street. They restored, repaired and decorated the old house [...]
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Hermes Cafe – Modern Delights

Jolfa is a unique neighborhood in the western part of Isfahan. It’s mostly home to Armenian migrants that made Isfahan their home over 400 years ago and their direct descendants. This has caused Jolfa to retain a touch of their distant European style and quality. The original and first branch of the now-popular Hermes Cafe [...]
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