Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of Armenia and the headquarters of major Armenian and international companies, making it an attractive outsourcing location for Western European, Russian, American, and Asian multinationals. Yerevan is also the country’s governmental capital, host to the political and diplomatic institutions of the Republic as well as its financial hub, home to the Central Bank of Armenia, the Armenian Stock Exchange (NASDAQ OMX Armenia), and the country’s largest commercial banks.
Yerevan has an extensive nightlife scene with a variety of cafés, night clubs, live music venues, jazz cafés, tea houses, pubs, cinemas, karaoke clubs, and restaurants. Many cafés and restaurants stay open into the late hours as locals and tourists alike come out to enjoy the warm summer evenings. The Swan Lake next to the Opera House, the dancing fountains of the Republic Square, and the Cascade complex are a few of the most popular nightlife destinations with hundreds of bustling and modern open air cafés to choose from.
Arts & Culture
Museums, art galleries, and libraries as well as historic sites are found within footsteps of one another making Yerevan a national treasure to be discovered over time. Among the many prominent sites are the National Gallery of Armenia, the History Museum of Armenia, the Cafesjian Museum of Art, the Matenadaran library of ancient manuscripts, and the Armenian Genocide museum and memorial. Hidden gems are found behind every corner including the House-Museum of Yervand Kochar, the Sergei Parajanov Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the cutting-edge NPAK gallery, the Children’s Picture Gallery, and the Martiros Saryan Museum along with many private galleries.
The heart of Armenian culture has revolved around music, dance, and theater arts for centuries. Yerevan’s concert halls and theaters provide entertainment and a deeper connection to Armenia’s history and rich cultural tradition. The Yerevan Opera and Ballet Theatre features an array of Armenian and international productions throughout the year and consists of two concert halls: the Aram Khatchaturian concert hall and the hall of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet, named after Alexander Spendiarian. In addition, the Yerevan State Musical Comedy Theatre, Russian Drama Theatre, Yerevan State Dramatic Theatre, Yerevan State Hamazgain Theatre, and the Puppet Theatre all host a diverse array of performances year round.