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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 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 Archaeological Site in A'Ali

A'Ali Burial Mounds

To gain an idea of the significance of these burial mounds on the approach to A’Ali, visit Manama's Bahrain National Museum beforehand. The mounds, which date from the Dilmun period, encase burial chambers used for …
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 Archaeological Site in Around Bahrain Island

Bahrain Fort

Overlooking the northern coast a 10-minute drive from central Manama, and standing guard on an ancient tell (mound created by centuries of urban rebuilding), Unesco World Heritage–listed Bahrain Fort was built by th…
Top Choice Architecture in Manama

Bahrain National Theatre

Adjacent to Bahrain National Museum, this stunning architectural showpiece opened in November 2012. Covering nearly 12,000 sq metres, it's the third-largest theatre in the Middle East and it's at its best up close. …
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 International in Manama

Mezzaluna

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 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…