Shirazis are well known for paying plenty of attention to their leisure time. Eating out is also quite common among the locals unlike many other cities like Esfahan and the competition among the best restaurants and cafes is real.
Shiraz is among the top destinations visited by foreigners mostly for its art, poetry culture, architecture, and of course Persepolis. But if you know exactly the place to take your saffron late aDer a day of sightseeing or the place to stop for a bowl of Faloodeh Shirazi, that’s when Shiraz will truly show its charm.
Here are a few cafes we’d recommend in Shiraz:
Joulep is located right in front of Vakil Bath. It’s a great place to have your midday coffee or snack before or afternoon a few hours of window shopping in Vakil bazaar.
Joulep is best known for their super delicious saffron late. There are plenty of coffee options and they also serve light main courses which could be a good idea for dinner. The food and coffee here is great and there is both an indoor and outdoor seating area. You can try a course at Joulep every day from 8:30 AM to 11:30 PM.
Atigh is a café with an interesting traditional design of an old Iranian house located in the historical part of Shiraz. They serves a great number of Persian meals as well as different beverages and pastries and it’s a popular hangout spot for many young locals. The café is open daily from 12:30 PM to 11 PM.
Mahooni is located in Hafez Street, in front of Hafezieh complex. The café has a cozy atmosphere with Persian designs. There are plenty of options for smoothies, non-alcoholic cocktails and western food such as sandwiches. The atmosphere is nice and cozy and the staff are a young group of people who know what they’re doing.
Mahooni is open daily from 8 in the morning until midnight.
In Ferdowsi Street there is a cozy café called Ferdowsi, which is one of the oldest cafes of Shiraz. The cafe is quite small but beautifully designed. They serve plenty of beverages and cakes along with light Iranian meals. You can also have vegetarian choices at this café.
Ferdowsi is open daily from 8:30 AM to 11:30 PM.
Bookland is a chain bookstore with branches in several cities in Iran. Bookland of Shiraz is a cultural complex that also includes a café. This complex is located in Eram Street. There are both indoor and outdoor sits available. The menu is also quite complete and you can enjoy a variety of options.
After having a calming time in the café, it is highly recommended to visit the bookstore inside the building. Aside from different types of Books, you can find many decorative objects, stationary and artistic tools in the shop. Bookland is open every day from 8 AM to 12 AM.
Vakil cultural house
Right in front of the Vakil mosque is a cultural house with many artistic attractions. There is also a café and restaurant in the complex where you have a great variety of Persian and international meals. Vakil cultural house is open for the visitors every day from 8 AM to 11 PM.
Bal café is one of the modern coffee places in Shiraz. You can have high quality coffee and drinks as well as meals in Bal café. The café is open every day from morning until late at night. Bal café is close to Afif Abad complex which is one of the touristic sites of Shiraz.
Screwchi’s Nespresso bar
Screwchi is a modern café in the city of Shiraz. This café is near the Eram garden and you can make a stop aDer visiting the area. Screwchi serves coffee and non-coffee drinks as well as some main courses. The café is open every day from 9 AM to 11:30 PM.
Shahr-e Kaghazai café
Shahr-e Kaghazai is another cultural complex in Shiraz that also has a café. Aside from different books and Persian music discs, you can buy handicrafts made by the locals. The café of this complex is located in the courtyard of the building. In the springs you can enjoy the dazzling scent of the orange blossoms near the small pool of this café. They serve many beverages with the aromatic herb water made in Shiraz.
Shahr-e Kaghazi is open every day from morning till midnight.
Bakooyeh is a modern complex with a few restaurants and cafes on top of a mountain. There’s an elevator that takes you up to the complex and while we’re not a big fan of the restaurant, we think the view from the cafe is worth a shot, specially if you’re there at sunset.