48 Hours in Baku
Since I came to Baku, I have managed to do a bit of sightseeing. In total, all my outings to various places would amount to 48 hours, hence why this post is 48 hours in Baku. In reality, I have been here much longer than 48 hours.
Day one of 48 hours in Baku:
The first day calls for a little lie-in. You’re on holiday! Why not? After sleeping in it’s easy enough to pop into Fountain Square for a pricey, but yummy breakfast. They have a really good selection of teas in most places, and my go-to is chamomile. The House Cafe was our first choice.
After breakfast, it’s a good idea to see things that are nearby. Obviously. Walking around Fountain Square is really nice, but if you go off to Molokan Gardens, there are some nice places to eat around there – there is a milkshake place that does amazing milkshakes, and also some markets. Buy water because tap water is not drinkable, and you probably don’t want to get the screaming shits here.
Walking down Rasul Rza will get you to the Promenade, a good place to have a small walk to walk off your breakfast food.
It’s a really beautiful way to see a view of the city. The promenade is my favourite place to walk, although, last time I went there I was followed by a guy and then propositioned. Not many women seem to go out on their own here. Well, at least that’s what I’ve noticed.
The Promenade is really beautiful, very green. When you actually get onto the Promenade, you really notice the smell of oil! It’s really interesting! From the Promenade you will also see some very interesting looking buildings – there’s one that looks almost like a lotus flower, and another that looks like a semi rolled-up carpet. The carpet one is actually the Carpet Museum, which is definitely worth a visit.
After going to the Carpet Museum, you can cross the road to the Funicular.
It’s a really good, and cheap, way to go to the top of the hill and get a view of the city, and also of the Flame Towers. The Flame Towers are called that because they are actually shaped like Flames. If you go up at night time, you will get a view of the towers ‘on fire’, as they have a light show every night. In fact, from my apartment, I can see one. Even now, after living here for a bit, I still get excited seeing them lit up!
Have a late lunch at Nergiz or Firuze, two of the best underground restaurants I’ve been to here. The atmosphere is fab! My favourite is Nergiz.
Afterwards, have a look round the roads leading off Fountain Square, go home and have a rest or just chill for a few hours!
Day two of 48 hours in Baku:
So much to see, so little time. Day two, I find is always busier than day one. I love having busy days, but I also like being lazy.
Start off by going to the Heyday Aliyev Centre.
It is a little far out of the city centre, so you can either get the metro for .30, or get a Bolt taxi (download the app!). Don’t get the taxis that are obviously taxis as there is a foreigner’s tax – meaning when they know you are not local, the price goes up!
The Heydar Aliyev Centre is one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever seen. The architecture is amazing and it looks almost like the Sydney Opera House. There are exhibitions there, and even though I didn’t go in, I plan to one day!
There are a lot of photo opportunities there, and I highly recommend getting there early to miss the tour buses. There is an I heart Baku sign that I almost got a photo of, and then a tour bus pulled up and they all rushed into my photo. I’m sorry, but I don’t particularly want a photo with little kids hanging off the sign. So, I gave up and left.
After the Heydar Aliyev Centre, head back to the city for a day wandering around the old town.
Most things don’t open till 10 am here. The Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a beautiful place to go to. Lots of history here! It’s so easy to get lost in the old town, and it’s definitely worth getting lost. Muhammed Mosque is another must-see place, as well as the Maiden Tower.
There is a gorgeous photo opportunity from the Maiden Tower, where you get a view of the Flame Towers above the old town. I love seeing the mix of old and new architecture, and I feel that they did it incredibly well here.
After a good wander through the old town, I highly suggest going to a cafe/bakery called Entree.
It is just off Fountain Square and is my go-to place for croissants and sandwiches. The food is really good, and their hot chocolates are to die for! My favourite croissants are the dark chocolate ones. They are amazing. The other day I went there and they had sold out. I was really disappointed.
Baku is a really small city, and a lot of these things could be done in one day. But just like my Dubai itinerary, you’ll notice that I am a bit of a lazy traveller. I like taking my time, and I like taking breaks when needed. I mean, holidays are meant to be relaxing!
Has anything surprised you about Baku?
For me, it was how European this city is! There are some parts that almost feel like you’re walking the streets of Paris! I hope this 48 hours in Baku guide has been helpful and convinces you that Baku is worth a visit!
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