Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Muharraq Island

Beit Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa

Offering a fascinating look at pre-oil life in Bahrain, this building was constructed around 1800 and is one of the finest examples of a traditional house anywhere in the Gulf. The chief sitting room downstairs...

Cafe in Muharraq Island

Cafe Luqmatina

Walk through the tiny avocado-green wood doors, past the swing chair and into your very own light-filled oasis of calm, coffee and cake. Luqmatina's location near the Sheikh Ebrahim Centre and its soothing,...

Museum in Muharraq Island

Bin Matar House

This traditional house was built in 1905 on reclaimed land by the Bin Matar pearl trading family, who lived here until 2002. Once surrounded by sea on three sides and now in the heart of Muharraq, it was saved...

International in Muharraq Island

House of Coffee

Housed across three traditional Bahraini buildings, the House of Coffee is a coffee museum, cafe and restaurant. The latter serves up a wide spread of good international staples including biryanis, a passable...

Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Al Korar House

In this house, Muharraq women work to preserve the craft of al korar (gold-thread weaving), which three generations of a local family saved from extinction. The intricate threadwork was once the occupation of all...

Fort in Muharraq Island

Qalat Arad

Built in the early 15th century by the Portuguese, Qalat Arad takes its name from the Greek name for Muharraq, Arados. The fort has been nicely restored, but there is little to see inside except the old well....

Gallery in Muharraq Island

Busaad Art Gallery

In a wonderfully restored 1930s house, this gallery is the former family home of Ebrahim Mohamed Busaad, who was born here in 1954. On display are Busaad's elegant pieces of calligraphy, as well the more bold and...

Market in Muharraq Island

Muharraq Souq

Running through the heart of Muharraq city, the souq is an atmospheric old Bahraini bazaar where all the needs of daily life are bought and bartered for. Near its southern end, Souq Al Qaisariya is an important...

Coffee in Muharraq Island

Bu Khalaf Coffee Shop

There are only four things on the menu at this quaint little coffee shop: tea, coffee, a chickpea salad and dates, which is more than enough to refresh you as you press pause on a wander through old Muharraq....

Food in Muharraq Island

Hussein Mohd Showaiter Sweets

This is the king among Muharraqi sweet merchants – just try to leave without buying something sickly sweet and sinfully delicious, like the Turkish-inspired baklava or Indian jelabiya (deep-fried sweet). Most of...

Museum in Muharraq Island

Al Oraifi Museum

Dedicated to the Dilmun era, this private collection of art and sculpture has more than 100 works from the fascinating period that defined Bahrain's ancient history. Artist-owner Rashid Al Oraifi's Dilmun-related...

Fort in Muharraq Island

Qalat Bu Mahir

An ancient defence fort built around 1840 to spot invading boats, the Bu Mahir Fort stares out across a bay to the high rises of Manama, making it an ideal spot for photographing the city's skyline. One of the...

Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Al Nukhida House

Despite its modest appearance, this captain's (nukhida) house was historically a very important place for the pearling industry. Visitors and divers who came to Bahrain were hosted here, and ship crews met up...

Historic Site in Muharraq Island

Muharraq Dhow Building Yard

It can be a bit hit or miss as to whether you see any action here, but it's worth pulling over to admire the half-built wooden dhows (traditional cargo boards) by the roadside as you drive between Manama and...

Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Beit Seyadi

A traditional house from the pre-oil period, Beit Seyadi once belonged to a pearl merchant. The house, located off Sheikh Isa Ave and closed for restoration, boasts a fine exterior, with its peculiar rounded...