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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…
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…
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.
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.
Beach in Karachi


Although not as busy as Clifton Beach, Sandspit is popular with families on Sunday and on holidays. Sandspit is a natural breakwater that prevents the harbour from silting up - a serious problem along most of the co…
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…
Island in Karachi

Manora Island

Manora Island sits a short ferry ride from Keamari Harbour, the entrance to Karachi's busy port. The island was the site of the fort where Karachi's Talpur rulers surrendered to the British, who later erected a (sti…
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…
Notable Building in Karachi

Karachi Metropolitan Development Corporation Building

Many of the city's most architecturally interesting British Raj buildings are now used as government offices and aren't so easily accessible for sightseeing. This includes the palatial Karachi Metropolitan Developme…