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 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 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'…
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 Hindu p…
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 restaurants, …
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 thi…
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 you …