Drinking coffee with a mountain view
One of the new hotspots in Tehran is the nature bridge. It has only been open for a few years now and is already one of the city's top attractions. A modern multi-storey pedestrian bridge connects a district with a park. Trees have been planted everywhere, flowerbeds have been planted and, on this rare and beautiful spring day, I have a wonderful view over the snowy mountains. Tehran has been built against the Alborz Mountains and on a sunny, clear day, the city suddenly gets a very pleasant view, especially behind the cherry blossoms in the park near the Nature Bridge.
On the lower level of the bridge there are a number of coffee tents, not the hippest places in the city, but with the most beautiful views. Incidentally, the bridge only really comes alive in the evening. Many lights color the bridge and many inhabitants of the city come strolling across the bridge and the adjacent park. Within walking distance of the bridge is trendy Gandhi street. A street full of trendy clothing stores, restaurants and trendy coffee tents. Many clothing stores of the famous foreign brands have already disappeared, due to the recent boycott of the U.S., which has disastrous consequences for the economy of this country. Something that is also clearly visible in the north of Tehran, the chic part of the city, where the nouveau riche and the old wealthy families live. Many Italian and French fashion brands have had to make way for Iranian clothing stores in the shopping malls there. Also there, in the shady streets of North Tehran, are several coffee tents, some located at the top of the shopping malls with beautiful views of the mountains.
But I drink my coffee in one of the trendy tents in the Ghandi Shopping mall, all situated around a courtyard. You can sit outside or enjoy the French atmosphere in the small tents inside. In the evening the intelligentsia of Tehran meets to discuss the state of the country.