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Pakistani in Karachi

Arizona Grill

Those seeking a change from Pakistani fare will relish their choices here - all juicy steaks, pasta and salads, pepped up with some great fruit cocktails. Pepper steak with fries and salad hits the spot, but we also…
Fast Food in Karachi

Krispy Broast Chicken

A no-frills fast-food eatery, popular with workers on lunch breaks and evening diners alike. The menu is vast, from karai and kebabs to burgers and biryani. Cheap and filling.
Fusion in Karachi

Purple Haze

Purple Haze is a plush, dimly lit café-style eatery that attracts the young and hip side of Karachi life. There's wi-fi, and frequent live music at the weekends, from traditional to Urdu hip-hop. The food's not…
Architectural in Karachi

Jinnah House Museum

In Flag Staff House, this museum is beautifully maintained. You can see Jinnah and Fatima's private apartments, with period furniture and accessories - well worth a visit.
Museum in Karachi

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Museum

Pakistan's plentiful military museums always pose a problem - how to celebrate an institution that has repeatedly seized power from the politicians and lost every war it's contested? The answer is just to focus on t…
Cinema in Karachi

Capri Cinema

Because of the utter absence of bars in Karachi and the need to obtain a permit from the excise department to purchase alcohol, you may be struggling for entertainment after dark. A movie is one option; check newspa…
Live Music in Karachi

Salt n Pepper Village

Karachi has become quite well known for its high-end restaurants and this is a good choice for evening entertainment, as it always has live Pakistani music. Superbly situated by the sea, it's popular, so it can some…
Beach in Karachi

Clifton Beach

Clifton Beach is Karachi's busiest beach, although here you'll want to take a stroll rather than a swim. The beach itself is nothing special, made of mud-grey sand, but it's fun for people-spotting. Clifton is one o…
Monument in Karachi

Defence Housing Authority Mosque (Masjid-i-Tuba)

Surely Pakistan's most eccentric mosque, the Defence Housing Authority Mosque is a truly odd structure that was built in the late 1960s. The low-slung mosque is contained under one vast dome with no supporting colum…
Museum in Karachi

Flag Staff House

Also known as Quaid-i-Azam House, the imposing British Raj mansion Flag Staff House was once owned by Mohammed Ali Jinnah. It was built over 100 years ago and has extensive grounds. His sister, Fatima Jinnah, lived …