As you learn more of Armenian culture you will find that grain, particularly bread and bread-making, has always been the subject of many rituals. In Armenia bread is the most common ancient symbol of daily nutriment; it marks the times of day and takes on different shapes and appearances according to the occasion.
Lavash is the type of bread that encapsulates the spirit of the Armenian people throughout the world. Excellent bread and an integral part of Armenian cuisine and culture, it has a sacred significance and symbolises wellbeing, good fortune, abundance and prosperity.
Besides its cultural value, lavash is thought to be one of the oldest types of bread in the Caucasus and the world. Made simply of water, salt and sourdough starter, the recipe is handed down through the generations in every Armenian family.
In 2014 lavash was included in the UNESCO representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity – “Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in Armenia”.
Strolling the streets of Yerevan, where can you find and eat very good lavash?
The best place to see and taste the large sheets of lavash is the GUM Market in Movses Khorenatsi Street, a five-minute drive from our Grand Hotel Yerevan.
If you want to know more, ask at the Grand Hotel Yerevan reception, our staff will be happy to help you.