At the start of August 2019, we traveled to Baku Azerbaijan.

For me, this was the first time in Azerbaijan. Our trip here was in the frames celebrate a birthday in one of the former Soviet Union member country capital cities, so far we have been to Yerevan, Tallinn, Vilnius, Kyiv and now Baku

To get here, we booked a train ticket from Tbilisi and traveled from Tbilisi central station. Before entering Azerbaijan we had to apply for e-visa online (which has to be done some 5 days before departure).

Now, huge was our surprise arriving in Baku and trying to buy return trains tickets to Tbilisi - it turned out every ticket was sold out. We were left with no other option but to book a direct Baku - Tbilisi flight from Baku airport (see: About Buta Airways Baku - Tbilisi fight

Anyhow, this was one of the best birthday trips so far, we booked a 5-star hotel at Fairmount Flames tower, used taxi ride app to ride in (and out) the city. And spent our time in some of the best Baku restaurants. Keep reading to learn more.

Map & Itineary

Georgia / Azerbaijan Border Crossing by...

When traveling by train from Tbilisi to Baku, there are two border checkpoints (one in Georgia, and one in Azerbaijan)  - the total border crossing procedure can take around 2 hours (an hour for...

Baku Central Railway Station

Baku central railway station has gone through some serious modernization recently. We booked a train to Baku from Tbilisi in early August 2019, and that's how I first visited this railway station. T...

Baku Boulevard

Baku Boulevard also is known as National Park is a promenade established in 1909 which runs parallel to Baku's seafront. Its history goes back more than 100 years, to a...

Dolma restaurant in Baku

Dolma restaurant is located on M.Rasulzada street 8 in Baku, this places serves typical Azerbaijani cuisine and is named as of the best Baku restaurants. This  restaurant was a recomme...

Fairmont Baku hotel at Flame Towers

Located in the Flame Towers Complex, just a 3-minute walk from the famous Martyrs' Alley, 5-star Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers features picturesque views of Baku City or Caspian Sea. We booke...

Baku by night

I had a chance to explore a little bit from Baku by night after we returned to our hotel room in Flames Tower from a lovely Azerbaijani cuisine restaurant Dolma in early August 2019. Night...

Yanar Dag / Burning Mountain in Azerbaij...

Yanar Dag literally meaning "burning mountain" is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea near Baku,...

Maiden Tower in Baku

The Maiden Tower is a 12th-century monument in the Old City, Baku, Azerbaijan. Along with the Shirvanshahs' Palace, dated to the 15th century, it forms a group of histor...

Baku Old City

Old City or Inner City is the historic core of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The Old City is the most ancient part of Baku, which is surrounded by walls which were ea...

Nergiz Restaurant in Baku

Nergiz restaurant is located on Fountain Square in Baku, this places serves typical Azerbaijani cuisine and let me name it as of the best Baku restaurants.  Discovered in early August,...

Tavada Restaurant in Baku

Tavada restaurant is another fine example fo great Azerbaijani cuisine and service. Located on Mardanov Brothers street this place serves fine Azerbaijani and European cuisine. Discovered in ear...

Azcot Hotel in Baku

Set in a 19th century building on Fountain Square, Azcot Hotel is located in the heart of Baku and offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen satellite TV. It features a 24-hour front desk and fr...