Hammams were once a major part of local Azerbaijani culture. Located near mosques in every small quarter of cities around the country, as well as tending to their visitors’ cleanliness hammams were also places to relax and socialise, share news and spruce up for weddings. In central Baku a few of the old ones remain, such as the Agha Mikayil, Akhund and Agha Zeynal hammams, which are still visited by locals. Heading to any of these will give you the traditional Azerbaijani hammam experience, which entails immersing yourself in warm water, sitting in the steam room and enjoying all-over body scrubs followed by tea ceremony with friends. Visits are particularly recommended during cool winter months.