Souq Waqif is a bustling cultural hub with tons of shopping and affordable eats, foodies and shopping lovers know that. The architecture of the place resembles that of the Qatari traditional style. Several shops situated here sell textiles, pets, scarves, henna, souvenirs, and a lot more.
Well, Souq Waqif is not just limited to shopping lovers, it has many restaurants serving different cuisines and as a tourist or a local, one should check out the mouth-watering cuisines and the fine-dining experiences that these restaurants have to offer.
Here is a list of some of the best Souq Waqif Restaurants that definitely deserve a visit:
Located in the corniche side of Souq Waqif, and despite being in a tourist area, Parisa seems mainly dined in by locals. Parisa Souq Waqif has one of the most sparkling and exotic decors in Doha. The restaurant serves some of the best Iranian classics. Parisa is an ideal place to enjoy a meal with family.
The exquisite view of the restaurant will make you fall in love with the interiors. The restaurant goes big on even little details, right from the broken mirror mosaics to the gorgeous paintings and chandeliers. It is the best choice for one who wants to experience the taste and atmosphere of Persia.
This place is perfect to try out some Yemeni delights. Authentic Yemeni food is generally very different from arabian food and that is what makes it unique. Yemeni bread is soft and crispy on the outside and is soft and chewy on the inside. It’s also one of the cheapest restaurants in Souq Waqif and does not take any reservations or delivery requests as it is very crowded.
The Village in Souq Waqif is the perfect place to relish every cuisine you’d want. The menu includes everything from Persian delights to Spicy Indian dishes. The ambience is picture perfect where there is exquisite furnishing, private dining, and every comfort you need to have a perfect meal with your family. The service is very friendly and the hospitality of the place has made it one of the most popular places to have dine-in experience in Doha.
Argan is one of the finest places to have a lavish Moroccan dinner in Souq Waqif. It is a preferred venue for all the people who would like to experience the true taste of Moroccan delicacies. The restaurant has a chic dining look and offers a traditional Moroccan setting with hints of modern décor.
There is also a Majlis style seating area in the middle of its terrace area where you can enjoy drinks and shisha. You can enjoy Moroccan tea and fresh and crisp Morrocan bread, and you also get a wide range of sweets and Tajines that they offer in this exclusive Moroccan restaurant.
This place has its off days, however, on most, they serve a few surely good Thai specialities and supply us absolutely nothing to complain about. Although, prices are slightly on the expensive side, however after having a plate of chicken satay and a bowl of Thai curry , you won’t even worry what your bill will look like (partly because their curry is extremely spicy).
Jasmine Thai has to be one of the nicest Thai spots in Doha, interior-wise. They are also placed away from the buzz of the city life, so in case you are seeking out a nice, quiet and reasonably expensive dinner experience, this is your spot to try out.
Renowned for serving excellent Levantine fare, the restaurant might get heavy on your pockets, but you’ll definitely have once of a lifetime experience in here. It is one of the biggest restaurants in Souq Waqif and has 2 floors and a terrace.
For dining in the daytime, indoors are perfect, but if you’re someone who likes to enjoy the evening views, the outdoors are the best option for you. There are dancers to provide entertainment in the evening and also Television for sports.
The walk to this restaurant is also an exciting one since you get a chance to cross one of the main streets in Souq Waqif and get a look at some local culture.
Al Metbakh is listed as one of the best restaurants in Qatar, and the ambience is inspired by Eastern art as it offers a unique experience of traditional dining at the rooftop. The restaurant is on the top floor of Arumaila Boutique Hotel and has indoor/outdoor seating area with a nice view of West Bay.
The place is known for its scrumptious Indian cuisine and has an open kitchen. The menu offers everything from Indian Street food to royal delicacies and is a must visit place for people who absolutely adore Indian spice and taste.
The staff is known to be very friendly and often, the chef himself comes to your table to understand your food preferences and then recommends plates accordingly. The most loved dishes here are Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Biryani.
Al Metbakh is one of the best Indian restaurants in Qatar and this is due to the open space and outdoor eating that makes people enjoy their meal.
Here is what you would possibly name an almost-royal, Indian eating experience. The staff is friendly and they can advise you what to eat if you ask them. They have cubicles inside with classic, red furniture that virtually exemplify an ordinary palatial setting, in our very midst. The meals are good, not wow, and greatly desirable to the rankings of global tourists that commonly flock the souq.
There is likewise an Indian man, stereotypically wearing a turban, who loudly chants the word “Tandoori” in a high-pitched musical tone (we nevertheless haven’t discovered why he’s here) and sells a few sparkly and overpriced Indian jewelry. Whether he’s, or isn’t, a part of the ambience, Royal Tandoor shouldn’t be ignored in case you are seeking out nice Indian meals.
Al Enna Restaurant
Located near the Falcon Hospital in Souq Waqif, Al Enna Restaurant is a gem of a place tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Doha. The restaurant offers a huge menu loaded with traditional Qatari dishes as well as Turkish and Arabic dishes.
The customers have a wide variety of dishes to choose from since the restaurant offers a huge range of dishes, desserts, and beverages that you won’t find elsewhere in the city. The price is very reasonable and the ambience is calm and cozy since the restaurant is located in the corner of the bazaar. The service is excellent and the staff is very friendly. Overall, if you want to get a glimpse of old Qatar, visiting this place is a must.
The Rice and The Noodle
This isn’t precisely fine dining when you see the prices. But the place is very properly designed and nearly exudes a four-star hotel eating place feel. It is cosy, it is secluded (type of) and has a menu that will surprise you with its costs. You can find sushi rolls that taste genuinely good, for as little as QR22.
The location is easy to find and the staffs are very accommodating. They have a selection of Chinese and Japanese dishes, and we will adequately say this should be your go-to Asian place at Souq. After your meal, you can have a small walk through the one of local sightseeing.
La Piazza – Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli
La Piazza has an extensive menu of delicious food options, including everything from breakfast and lunch to dinner and dessert. You can enjoy their breakfast buffet which includes egg dishes, a large assortment of freshly baked breads and pastries, international cheeses cold cuts, and more.
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