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Savor the Unique Tastes of Azerbaijan: A Culinary Journey Through Flavors and Traditions

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Get your Azerbaijan evisa, hitch a flight, and prepare for a culinary odyssey. Land in a destination where the cuisine is the heart of the community and visitors are welcome to partake. No matter whether you are dining in high-end restaurants with city skylines or a small family-owned establishment in the countryside, you will find bold flavor. From fragrant spices, delicious kebabs, and delectable pastries, every mouthful will immerse you inside a culinary story.

Regional Variations

While traveling through Azerbaijan you may notice variations in cuisine from one region to the next. With diverse geographical terrain, certain areas may boast rare or unique ingredients local to the region. So make sure not to miss these popular local cuisines from Azerbaijan’s most sought after tourist destinations. 


Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, and hosts a vibrant culinary scene. A known cultural hub, Baku’s dishes mirror its cosmopolitan flair. With an abundance of seafood dishes, Baku owes its bounty to its intimate connection with the Caspian Sea’s. Among the standout culinary offerings are plov, a fragrant pilaf featuring saffron-infused rice and succulent lamb, and lavangi, a delectable fish dish brimming with walnuts, onions, and a medley of aromatic herbs.


Nestled in the western region of Azerbaijan, Ganja reveals itself as a haven for foodies, with its most popular offering reigning supreme, the succulent kebab. Another undisputed local favorite is gutab. This savory pastry is generously filled with minced meat, fresh herbs, and bold spices. Ganja’s culinary scene is celebrated for its distinct, rich flavors and the abundant use of indigenous seasonings.


View over downtown area of Sheki town in Azerbaijan, with historical buildings and mosque.

View over downtown area of Sheki town in Azerbaijan, with historical buildings and mosque.
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Tucked away in the foothills of the majestic Greater Caucasus Mountains, Sheki is celebrated for delectable pastries and fragrant spices. Among its most popular offerings is pita, a hearty lamb stew simmered with chickpeas, chestnuts, and a medley of fragrant herbs. Sheki is also renowned for its baklava, featuring delicate layers of pastry filled with nuts and drenched in golden honey.


River Araks in Nakhchivan under clear sky

River Araks in Nakhchivan under clear sky
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