Cost of living in Tehran: Food and Restaurants

As we head in 2018 the cost of living across Tehran is creeping upwards due to the depreciation of the Iranian Rial (IRR) against the USD. We have scoured the city to give you the best overall price for prices in the new year. 

Tehran is a relatively cheap capital city to live in for everyday items like household products and food, however, in recent years prices across the city have reached closer to those seen in Europe for some products, especially imported ones.

Imported food items in Iran are usually 100% more expensive than abroad. It is advisable that when there is a good local alternative to purchase that as the savings will be large over the period of your stay. Meanwhile, product possessing the name of

Eating out is a popular past time in Tehran, where many families will eat out at least once a week. Prices widely vary across the city depending on the kind of meal people opt for. For example, restaurants in northern districts of Tehran are on par with European and other high-end Asian cities with a meal for two in one of the top eateries costing upwards of $70 for a two-course meal with drinks, cheaper options are always available.

Cost of Restaurants & Eating Out

Basic lunchtime menu (including soft drink) in the business district  IRR260,000

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) IRR190,000

Mid-range restaurant menu (including soft drink) in business district and mid-Tehran IRR400,000

High-end restaurant menu (including soft drink/sparkling water) IRR2,000,000

Cost of Food Items

500 gr (1lb) of minced meat prepacked IRR390,000

500 gr (1 lb.) of chicken breast (Usually comes with bones) IRR80,000

1 litre (1 qt.) of full-fat milk IRR28,000

12 eggs, large IRR60,000

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes IRR30,000

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese IRR80,000

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples IRR40,000

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes IRR25,000

670gr locally produced ketchup IRR48,500

Cost of Drinks

Locally produced tea bags (25-pack) IRR500,000

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket IRR29,000

2 litres of Coca-Cola or Pepsi IRR 30,000

Locally baked bread for 2 people for 1-day IRR15,000

Oatmeal bread loaf (30-slices) IRR50,000

If you’re interested in living in Tehran why not read more articles on our website.

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