Top Choice Cafe in Manama

Café Lilou

This elegant balconied venue, with its velvet upholstery, wrought-iron banisters and polished-wood floors, is reminiscent of a 19th-century Parisian brasserie and is the place for a classy breakfast or lunch in part…
Top Choice International in Manama


If you’re looking for that ‘somewhere special’ but don’t want to lose sight of the country you are in, then you can’t do better than the atmospheric and sophisticated Mezzaluna. Occupying a stylish Bahraini courtyar…
Top Choice International in Manama


The home kitchen of Susy Massetti wins plaudits for its cooking, born in the Mediterranean and using fresh local ingredients with class and creativity. Sample dishes include Earl Grey–marinated chicken and harissa-m…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Manama

Haji Gahwa

It doesn't get much more Bahraini than Haji Gahwa. Biryanis are the mainstay, served with chopped onion and a basic tomato-and-cucumber salad. After 5pm, order the grill. It can be tricky to find: it's off Governmen…
Top Choice Seafood in Manama

Fish House

Bahrain's high-end eateries have tried to wrest the mantle of the island's best seafood from this basic place out west in Budaiya, to no avail. There are no frills here, none at all, and the menu varies with the cat…
Kebab in Manama

Charcoal Grill

Plain, simple and clean, this no-frills grill serves meals spiced up by the panorama of life in the heart of the city. The dishes range from China to the Middle East via India; tuck into a tandoori mixed grill while…
Fish & Chips in Manama

Habara Snacks & Fish

Staffed by cheerful men from Kerala, this nice little diner serves tasty fish and good fresh juices. If carrot with ice cream doesn't appeal, pop into Al-Jazeera supermarket next door for pudding.
British in Manama


If you’re British and homesick this place might cheer you up with regular roasts and a cosy cottage interior. It serves a ‘Full Monty’ breakfast on Friday with home-cooked eggs, bacon and black pudding. With a convi…
Cafe in Manama


One of the oldest cafes in Manama, this place has earned a fine reputation for its excellent high teas and homely atmosphere. Step through the door of the town house and it feels like stepping into a secret garden. …
Shwarma in Manama

Maria Corner

Near the rear of Bahrain International Hotel, this quick-eat establishment is safe for a roll-up sandwich and a mixed-fruit juice. There’s no charge for the ringside view of life behind Government Ave.