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Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Dhaka

Jatra

Charming folk handicrafts and clothes with a funky modern twist. You'll find the best brightly painted toy rickshaws here, and if you've time to order in advance you can even get yourself inserted into your own...

Top ChoiceIndian in Dhaka

Dhaba

Indian street food served in a clean, trendy, air-con restaurant. Everything here is delicious, but the chaat (spicy snacks, Tk 50 to Tk 70) are excellent value. Choose a couple of those, washed down with a fresh...

Top ChoiceBangladeshi in Dhaka

Al-Razzaque

Al-Razzaque

Wildly popular with the locals, and rightly so, Al-Razzaque does delicious curries, biryanis and Bangladeshi breakfasts, but the pièces de résistance here are the plate-sized flaky rotis, which are absolutely...

Top ChoiceBakery in Dhaka

Holey Artisan Bakery

After being ransacked by militants in mid-2016, this top-notch bakery rose like a phoenix in a new (albeit tiny) address within a shopping mall in early 2017. True to its earlier reputation, it continues to churn...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Dhaka

Jatra Biroti

Dhaka's coolest music and arts lounge, Jagra Biroti hosts regular live music and spoken word events. Brightly painted walls, soft lights and billowing fabrics create a magical caravan atmosphere. Thursday nights...

Top ChoiceSweets in Dhaka

Premium Sweets

A Dhaka institution in its own right, this legendary store offers an amazing variety of traditional Bangladeshi sweetmeats, as well as a delicious mix of snacks and fast food. It has 14 showrooms scattered across...

Top ChoiceBangladeshi in Dhaka

Fakruddin

It might sound like sticking our necks out, but we reckon this no-nonsense joint probably serves the best biryani in Dhaka, plateful by massive plateful. Or maybe it's not a gamble at all: this place is always...

Top ChoiceItalian in Dhaka

Spaghetti Jazz

A stylish and intimate setting for probably the best pizza and pasta you’ll find anywhere in Bangladesh. The antipasti and fish and meat courses are also strongly recommended. The entrance is tucked away a bit –...

River in Dhaka

Sadarghat

Running calmly through the centre of Old Dhaka, the Buriganga River is the muddy artery of Dhaka and the very lifeblood of both this city and the nation. Exploring it from the deck of a small boat from Sadarghat...

Street in Dhaka

Shankharia Bazar

Shankharia Bazar

Clouds of incense and a bursting paintbox of colours signal a welcome to so-called Hindu Street. Lined on either side with old houses, garlands of lurid orange marigolds, and dark doorways leading to...

Sri Lankan in Dhaka

Taste of Lanka

With smart decor and obliging staff, this upscale restaurant serves a mouth-watering range of authentic Sri Lankan dishes such as oven-baked pol roti (flatbread with grated coconut) served alongside sambol (spicy...

Museum in Dhaka

National Museum

The excellent National Museum, sprawling over several floors, begins with the geological formation of Bangladesh, whisks you through a rundown of the nation’s flora and fauna, saunters through a Buddhist and...

Mall in Dhaka

Bashundhara City

Claiming to be the 12th largest mall in the world, Bashundhara City is worth visiting to experience the middle-class Bangladeshi dream. In the swish surroundings there are something like 2000 shops and...

Photography in Dhaka

Chobi Mela

This biennial fair of photography, videography and new media is one of Dhaka's best artistic expositions, and showcases cutting-edge visual work from within Bangladesh as well as across the world. Exhibits are...

Literature in Dhaka

Dhaka Lit Fest

A highpoint of Dhaka's cultural calendar, this gem of a festival raises the banner high for free-thinking in a country where it is sometimes under threat. Expect a lively programme of talks featuring writers and...

Art in Dhaka

Dhaka Art Summit

A meeting ground for artists from South Asia, this event is a week-long celebration of regional art, and offers Dhaka's art lovers a fine selection of works representing contemporary art movements and practices....

Cafe in Dhaka

Roll Xpress

A very pleasant coffee shop in a quiet, refined courtyard. The coffee isn't super-cheap (around Tk 140), but it's good and you can get great light lunches of wraps and south Indian dhosas (rice pancakes), while...

Japanese in Dhaka

Samdado

Sushi is relatively new in Dhaka, but Samdado is one of the city's oldest Japanese restaurants. The dark wood and bamboo decor here lends an appropriate atmosphere to the freshly prepared sushi and sashimi. The...

Chinese in Dhaka

Bamboo Shoot

Bamboo Shoot is Dhaka's most reliable outpost for authentic Chinese cuisine and well worth a splurge. It's in the same building as Agora supermarket – a useful landmark for helping rickshaw drivers navigate. Sing...

Indian in Dhaka

Tarka

A small but chic new Indian restaurant, with modern cream-and-black fittings and an offbeat line in menus made from laser-inscribed wood. Luckily, the food doesn't rely on gimmicks, but offers good quality Indian...