In an unassuming location in the middle of Dilijan’s town sits one of the coolest cafes and places in all of Armenia. Cafe #2 in Dilijan provides an inspiring atmosphere that really lends itself to those looking for a creative place to work, dine at, or just simply enjoy being in one of Armenia’s most natural spots.
This is a little bit about why we love Cafe #2, our inspiring home away from home in Dilijan.
An Inspiring Home Away From Home at Cafe #2 in Dilijan
Aram had previously visited Dilijan on countless occasions and even know about Cafe #2 long before I made my first visit there.
I ended up there in October 2018 when my friend Tatevik had planned a trip for us hiking in Dilijan and things went awry last-minute. The three of us had our hearts set on seeing autumn foliage in Dilijan that day and decided to head there anyway.
After hopping in a cab and making our way to Dilijan, we were hungry and parched and in desperate need of some soup and coffee. Aram suggested we head to Cafe #2 and so we did.
What we ended up finding were a creative space with extremely friendly staff and absolutely delicious food and drinks. We sat around and chatted and kind of regretted not bringing our laptops to get a little work done. After relaxing for a bit and getting our bearings, we moved on to sightseeing some of the monasteries in Dilijan. But… I kept thinking about that cafe.
A couple of months later, Aram and I were bored and in need of a change of scenery from the city life of Yerevan. We craved snow and a well-lit workspace that would keep us inspired to create some new content for our websites. Almost instantly, we found ourselves packing for a trip to Dilijan. We spent the entire day at Cafe #2 before heading back to the city in the evening.
About Dilijan’s Cafe #2
Cafe #2 opened in Dilijan in July 2016 and has a mission to provide continuing education to the residents in the area. In 2014, UWC Dilijan opened and the region became somewhat of a creative hub as a result. Let’s be honest, it is hard NOT to be inspired by Dilijan and the area that surrounds it.
One of the coolest things about Cafe #2 is that it acts as a cultural center just as much as it is a cafe and eatery. They host movies, lectures, workshops, and much more. The cafe showcases the artwork of local artists and youth and there is even a piano inside. Cafe #2 is SO much more than just a cafe and everyone who has been there knows this very well.
Cafe #2 was founded as a collaborative project between Tumo Centre for Creative Technologies and the Idea Foundation.
Interior at Cafe #2
Food & Drinks
How to Get to Dilijan and Cafe #2
Where to Stay in Dilijan