Armenia surprises its visitors with warm reception and hospitality. Armenian cuisine is as ancient as the history of Armenia, a combination of different tastes and aromas. It is one of the most impressive things guests are offered to explore in our country. The cuisine reflects the history and geography where Armenians have lived as well as incorporating outside influences. The cuisine also reflects the traditional crops and animals grown and raised in areas populated by Armenians. The main characteristic of Armenian cuisine is that the flavor of the food relies on the quality and freshness of the ingredients rather than on excessive use of spices. It was estimated that for food preparation Armenian culinary specialists use about 300 types of wild grasses and flowers which are used as spices and even as main dishes. The reason for that can be a favorable climate and a variety of flora supplying the oriental cuisine, particularly Armenian, with various ether-bearing plants. Armenian fruits and vegetables are special. One should definitely try them and will never forget the taste of Armenian apricot, peach, grapes, pomegranate, etc. The pomegranate, with its symbolic association with fertility, represents that nation. The apricot is the national fruit. Armenian bread is very tasty as well. There is a wide range of different types of bread, starting from black and white till lavash (a soft, thin flatbread) and matnaqash.
The natural taste and flavor of delicious and unique culinary heritage of Armenian cuisine can be tasted in Armenian restaurants. The service in all restaurants and cafes in Armenia is at a high level. You could always ask for the menu in English.