Top things to do

Top Choice Arts & 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 luri…
Top Choice Indian 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 fr…
Top Choice Bangladeshi in Dhaka

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 magnif…
Top Choice Bakery 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 ou…
Top Choice Live 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 typ…
Top Choice Sweets 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 th…
Top Choice Bangladeshi 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 packe…
Top Choice Italian 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 – it'…
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 (sh…
Street in Dhaka

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 matchbox-sized …