Top things to do in Bahrain

Top Choice Museum in Manama

Bahrain National Museum

Deservedly the country's most popular attraction, this is an outstanding introduction to Bahrain's history, with signage in English and Arabic. It's housed in a postmodern building on the waterfront, and the lower f…
Top Choice Museum in Manama

Beit Al Quran

The finest collection of ancient Qurans in the region, this wonderful homage to Islam's holiest book displays Qurans from almost every century since the advent of Islam in 610, as well as some of the earliest transl…
Top Choice Mosque in Manama

Al Fatih Mosque

This is Bahrain's grand mosque, built as a grand statement in honour of the founder of modern Bahrain, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Muhammad Bin Khalifa, who was known as 'Al Fatih' (the conqueror). The mosque's foundation ston…
Top Choice Historic 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 was …
Top Choice Fort in Bahrain

Riffa Fort

The completely restored Riffa Fort was built in 1812 by Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmad Al Fatih, the 19th-century ruler of Bahrain. A classic piece of Bahraini fortification, it now boasts a small museum with raised walkwa…
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 it's the place for a classy breakfast or lunch. The…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in A'Ali

A'Ali Royal Burial Mounds

There are more than 100,000 Dilmun-era burial mounds scattered across Bahrain, but none come close to the magnificence of these. That A'Ali was an important place in antiquity is evident from the 17 royal mounds con…
Top Choice Perfume in Manama

Kingdom of Perfumes

One of the joys of perfume shopping in the Gulf is watching the mesmerising way a perfumer can mix seemingly random oils to produce the very smell you requested. That is the magic you will witness Abdullah perform w…
Top Choice Pakistani in Bahrain

Spicy Village

The regular clientele in this clean no-frills establishment speaks volumes: they're all Pakistani, and they're all here for the wholesome, authentic taste of home. Exceptionally good value and conveniently close to …
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Manama

Haji's Cafe 1950

Balmy Bahraini evenings were created for eating in places like this. Put your feet up (literally), order the house special and tuck into delicately spiced chunks of grilled meat served with a simple salad and bread …