Vernissage – an Open-Air Market and Just a Fun Place

Have you ever been to Vernissage? Not just any vernissage, but the one in Yerevan. For those who don’t know, Vernissage is an open-air market in the center of Yerevan, where you can buy just about anything, for instance handmade souvenirs, paintings, national costumes and accessories, musical instruments, jewelry, carpets, books, CDs and DVDs, kitchen utensils, spare parts, and even pets (but attention, they don’t sell food!).

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It is very close to the Republic Square, and is situated between Nalbandyan and Khanjyan streets. If you are not successful in finding the place, just ask the locals. I’m sure there is not a single person in Yerevan who doesn’t know where Vernissage is.

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The market is open on weekends. There are no exact opening hours, but if you go there between 10 am to 5 pm, you are very likely to find what you are looking for.

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I usually go to Vernissage to buy some souvenirs or books, but not only. Sometimes I go there just to enjoy its colors and atmosphere, its sounds and its beauty. Because Vernissage is a place where you can enjoy the colors of Armenia! Red, blue, orange, purple, green, and many other colors that you can see on carpets, scarves, paintings, bags… I’m sure Vernissage will make your visit to Armenia even more pleasant.

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Here are some quick tips for those who are going to visit Vernissage.

  • There are no fixed prices, so if you think the goods are overpriced, don’t hesitate to bargain. Sellers usually speak some English and Russian (although they are not always fluent), and some of them may know other European languages, so don’t hesitate to engage in a conversation with them.
  • It would be nice to have some small change. The thing is that especially in the morning the salespersons may not have enough money to give you change, and they will ask you to wait until they find some (though it doesn’t take long, usually a few minutes).
  • If you are going to buy something big and heavy, it would be good to have a reusable shopping bag with you. You will of course get a plastic bag in the market, but it may be too thin for your heavy souvenir.
  • If you are interested in a particular book, just ask the sellers. They usually have even very old and rare Armenian books.

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Hope you will enjoy your lazy afternoon here in Vernissage.

New Armpress Kiosks

Armenian press! It has really long story. It has been through many ages. And to some extent it has helped the Armenian people unite.

Until recently  all the small kiosks where you could buy newspapers, journals and crosswords, etc., looked really old fashioned and outdated. As for me they were the leftovers of USSR because they would always remind me of the Soviet Union. But recently Yerevan City Hall decided to replace the old looking ones with new and modern ones. And you know I really liked it. At first I was against the change because I was thinking that the old kiosks were giving a kind of unique atmosphere to the city. But then I started to like it. And do you know why? Because first of all they are designed really good and they are comfortable enough to provide their services and at the same time comfortable enough for the customers to use their services.

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Look at these pictures. Wouldn’t you agree with me that the new ones  look better and that they give their own  and unique touch to the city? I think if you come to Yerevan you would definitely like these kiosks because it is not only journals and newspapers you can find there but also cigarettes, soft drinks, snacks, sweets, etc. And they are pretty much everywhere in the city and it is not difficult at all to find them around. They usually work from 10am to 5pm except for Saturdays and Sundays.

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