Iran / Tehran
Tehran, the capital, a massive city of almost fifteen million people, does not merely swarm with people and cars, it also hosts colourful markets; grand palaces; a cool, shady and fancy uptown; lively streets; and an appetite to grow. Tehran the province also includes 'small towns' – as Tehrani people would say – such as Karaj, home to as many people as the population of Vienna.
One of the attractions of Tehran is the variety of its bazaars: the Grand Bazaar (a place you could easily get lost in); Tajrish, a small but charming bazaar in the north of Tehran; and the occasional Friday Market in one of the city's oldest southern districts.
Darband, an outdoor area of restaurants and street vendors in the north of the city situated on the edge of the Alborz mountains, is a lively place many Tehrani people escape to for a hike, a meal, and a bit of fresh air.