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Top Choice Museum in Manama

Bahrain National Museum

Deservedly the country's most popular attraction, the National Museum is an outstanding introduction to Bahrain's history. The highlights of the collection, which is housed in a postmodern building with landscaping …
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 Architecture in Manama

Bahrain National Theatre

Adjacent to Bahrain National Museum, this stunning architectural showpiece covers nearly 12,000 sq metres. It's the third-largest theatre in the Middle East and it's at its best up close. Seeming to float upon the w…
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 Market in Manama

Manama Souq

Manama Souq, in the warren of streets behind Bab Al Bahrain, is the place to go for electronic goods, bargain T-shirts, nuts, spices, sheesha bottles and a plethora of other Bahraini essentials. Highlights include t…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Manama

Kingdom of Perfumes

You're in for a real treat at this fabulous little perfumery in the heart of Manama Souq. Try all manner of European-sourced perfumes if you must, but you're far better off sampling the locally mixed perfumes that u…
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…
Top Choice International in Manama

Masso

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…
Mosque in Manama

Al Fatih Mosque

Built on reclaimed land in 1984, Al Fatih Mosque is the largest mosque in the country and is capable of holding up to 7000 worshippers. The mosque was built with marble from Italy, glass from Austria and teak from I…
Monument in Manama

Bab Al Bahrain

Built by the British in 1945, Bab Al Bahrain, the ‘Gateway to Bahrain’ and the entrance to Manama Souq, was originally designed by Sir Charles Belgrave. It was redesigned in 1986 to give it more of an ‘Islamic’ flav…