Once on the outer rim of Architect Aleksandr Tamanyan’s master urban renewal plan for the city of Yerevan, this quiet little street has experienced a boom in recent years.
Cheap rents and ample space attracted some of Yerevan’s bohemian artist types. The street once dotted by a couple of edgy bars like RedBull, Tro’s Pub, and Process is now full of wine bars, steak houses, gourmet burger pits and tapas places.
The Saryan Museum, which holds the works of Martiros Saryan, the street’s original bohemian artist, can be visited 6 days a week.
The street now also holds the annual Yerevan Wine Festival every summer. Hundreds of wine makers descend onto Saryan, which is typically closed to traffic, for a weekend-long party with some of the country’s greatest grape-produce.
I have lived on Saryan street since 2015. During this time I have observed the street scene change rapidly, with the opening of a hipster barbershop charging 30 EUR per haircut, a number of speciality coffeeshops, a bookstore with an emphasis on selling modernist architecture books, and a wonderful Armenian-style tapas bar.