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Top Choice Market in Doha

Souq Waqif

Reincarnated in the last decade as the social heart of Doha, Souq Waqif is a wonderful place to explore and an undoubted highlight of the city. There has been a souq on this site for centuries; the Bedu would bring …
Top Choice Museum in Doha

Museum of Islamic Art

Rising from its own purpose-built island, and set in an extensive landscape of lawns and ornamental trees off the Corniche, this is a fabulous museum. It's shaped like a postmodern fortress with minimal windows (to …
Top Choice Market in Doha

Falcon Souq

If you want a glimpse of heritage, don't miss the Falcon Souq. You only have to see the scale of the souq, afforded its own traditional arcaded building off Souq Waqif, to understand the place of falconry in Qatari …
Top Choice Bar in Doha

Belgian Cafe

One of the most enduringly popular pubs in Doha, Belgian Cafe gets packed to the rafters on weekends (ie Thursday and Friday nights) and they're here for the imported Belgian and other European beers, great bar food…
Top Choice Cafe in Doha

Al Aker

Now here's something special. The main event here are simply splendid Arabic and Turkish sweets to go with your coffee. On no account miss an order of kunafa (a soft or crispy pastry filled with white cheese and soa…
Top Choice Moroccan in Doha

Argan

One of the premier dining experiences in the souq and removed from the main restaurant strip, Argan serves excellent Moroccan cooking in a classy setting. The seafood tajine is spectacular and the couscous outstandi…
Top Choice French in Doha

IDAM

From the Alain Ducasse stable, the restaurant that crowns the Museum of Islamic Art is one of Doha's best. Try the whole blue lobster, or the tender camel with duck foie gras, black truffle and soufléed potatoes. Al…
Top Choice Bar in Doha

Sky View

Travel a few blocks west of the centre for an incredible perspective on the city's skyline from the rooftop bar of La Cigale. The well-to-do but young and professional crowd doesn't flinch at the tab for what are so…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Doha

Bandar Aden

This market institution is a fabulous place to eat. Its traditional Yemeni cooking draws a predominantly local crowd, who just love to sit on the carpeted floor (shoes off, please) and share a great mound of rice an…
Top Choice Coffee in Doha

Majlis Al Dama

They don't get many tourists in here, but that's the point. Majlis Al Dana is old school, the sort of place where old timers pop in for thick Arabic coffee and a game of aldama (similar to backgammon). It's a place …