Baku Daily Life Tour, Baku (Self Guided)

Modern Baku is a city of great contrasts – rich in culture and history, it has managed to combine old Islamic traditions with contemporary lifestyles. Visitors can get a real sense of this atmosphere by taking our Daily Life Tour of Baku’s splendid cafes, parks, cinemas and theatres, where locals live their daily lives.
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Baku Daily Life Tour Map

Guide Name: Baku Daily Life Tour
Guide Location: Azerbaijan » Baku (See other walking tours in Baku)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: ellen
Nizami Metro Station

1) Nizami Metro Station (must see)

The Nizami Station is a beautiful place which looks more like an art gallery than a transport center. Named after the 12th Century master of Persian literature, this underground palace is decorated with a mosaic portrait of Nizami and artistic panels based on motifs from his poems. Opened in 1985, the station is a great example of Azerbaijani architecture.
Academic Drama Theatre

2) Academic Drama Theatre

The Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre is an academic theatre of drama in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Origin of Azeri nation’s theatrical art relates to national holidays and dances.

On 10 March 1873 under the guidance of Hasan bey Zardabi and with the participation of students of the Real School of Baku a performance was held – M.F.Akhundov’s “Vizier of Lankaran khanate” comedy. The professional Azerbaijani theatre was originated after this performance. In 1919, separated troupes joined up and the theatre acquired the state recognition.

Then Azerbaijan Dramatic Theatre had different names in different years-“State Theatre”, “United State Theatre”, “Azerbaijani Turkic Drama Theatre” and others. In 1991, the theatre was renamed to the ”Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre”. During the Soviet period the theatre was awarded many awards of the USSR for successful activity. The troup of the theatre was repeatedly in tours-in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Tbilisi, Tashkent, Ashgabat, Turkey, Germany and Cyprus. Some performances were awarded state grants of the USSR and Azerbaijan.

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Qasim Bey Mosque

3) Qasim Bey Mosque

While most of Baku’s mosques were built in medieval or pre-medieval times, others were erected at the turn of the 19th Century, including the Qasim Bey Mosque. Financed by a private citizen, this large mosque boasts a beautiful blue dome among many interesting architectural features. It’s one of the most frequented mosques in the city, especially among young Muslims.
Mum Baku

4) Mum Baku

Located in the heart of Baku, Mum is the oldest department store in the city. Spread across three floors, it offers national crafts, carpets and souvenirs are selling out. Look out for the beautiful selection of Kelagai, a woman’s scarf made of silk in various designs that is a national symbol of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan Cinema

5) Azerbaijan Cinema

Founded in 1998, this movie theatre is the most popular in all of Baku. Conveniently located in the centre of the city, this cinema shows the latest major world movies on the big screen in top quality Dolby Digital sound.
Fountains Square

6) Fountains Square (must see)

Fountains Square (Azerbaijani: Fəvvarələr meydanı) is a public square in downtown Baku. The square was previously called Parapet and is often referenced to by the same name now. The name of the fountains square derives from the presence of dozens of fountains throughout the square first constructed during Soviet rule of Azerbaijan.

The square is a public gathering place, especially after business hours and during the weekend. It is an attractive tourist destination with many boutiques, restaurants, shops, hotels and passage. It starts from the Istiglaliyyat Street and walls of the Icheri Sheher and stretches through Nizami Street, also called in popular culture as the Torgovaya street running parallel to Baku Boulevard. The fountains square is a location where the city authorities hold many public festivals, shows and celebrations.

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Café Arabesque

7) Café Arabesque

Café Arabesque is one of the best places in the city to come and relax over a cup of tea. Locals listen to soothing Eastern music here as they forget the hassles of daily life. Visitors to the café can enjoy rich cuisine and exotic hookah flavors along with the wide range of teas and coffees. The café’s splendid interior is decorated with eastern ornaments, with comfortable sofas and luxurious tables covered with hand-made Persian tablecloths.

Walking Tours in Baku, Azerbaijan

Create Your Own Walk in Baku

Create Your Own Walk in Baku

Creating your own self-guided walk in Baku is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Baku Museums Tour

Baku Museums Tour

As the cultural center of Azerbaijan, Baku home to a number of state history and art museums that preserve the country’s national culture and identity. The city also has a number of museums you won’t find anywhere else, such as the Miniature Book Museum and the Carpet Museum. Take our tour to learn about the fascinating history and achievements of Azerbaijan and see some unique exhibits.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Baku Monuments Tour

Baku Monuments Tour

The city of Baku is famous for its beautiful architecture, but the Azerbaijani capital is also home to numerous remarkable statues and monuments. Created over the course of the last century, these monuments adorn parks and squares throughout the city. They are dedicated to national figures such as poets, writers, dramatists, philosophers and politicians. Take our tour to see the best monuments and...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Baku Places of Worship Tour

Baku Places of Worship Tour

While Azerbaijan is a predominantly Islamic country, there are also a number of Catholic and Orthodox churches in Baku, as well as Jewish synagogues. The city is most famous for its old mosques, which go all the way back to the 11th Century and are Baku’s top attraction for many visitors. Take our Places of Worship tour to see all the most prominent sacred sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Baku Kids Tour

Baku Kids Tour

Baku is a very friendly city which welcomes families as well as adult travelers. In fact, there are lots of fun places for children to visit here, such as entertainment centers, musical fountains and candy stores. The highlight of the city for most kids is a visit to the Baku Aqua Park. Take our tour to discover the best family-oriented sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Baku Architecture Tour

Baku Architecture Tour

The city of Baku is an architectural marvel that delights with its historic buildings, grand mansions and cultural diversity. The Old City, for example, is full of fantastic old mosques and palaces that are listed as heritage monuments by UNESCO. The city is especially beautiful at night when it is wonderfully illuminated. Take our tour to see the most impressive architectural sights in Baku.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Baku Art Galleries Tour

Baku Art Galleries Tour

Azerbaijan has a fantastic cultural heritage that goes back generations to the age of antiquity. Here in Baku numerous galleries display the work of both established and up and coming artists. Take our tour to see the best artworks in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Baku for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Baku has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Baku, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.