Doha West Bay guide

New Doha There’s more to West Bay than just business Discuss this article

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Nice! Shiny buildings and towering skyscrapers – but isn’t it all just dreary offices here?
Not at all. Sure, many of the world’s biggest companies who have a presence in Doha have set up shop in West Bay, but you also have some seriously glitzy hotels and a couple of popular shopping centres.

Shopping? I like shopping. Where should I spend?
That depends what you’re looking for. City Centre Doha houses a great selection of reasonably priced clothes shops and home stores, not to mention the affordable superstore Carrefour. Across the road at The Gate Mall there is a good mix of wallet-friendly and higher end brands. Also in this area is Monoprix, a French supermarket that’s well known for stocking great gourmet and organic groceries.

How do I get around?
Unusually for Doha, this is an area you can actually walk around with its wide pavements and pedestrian crossings. It feels pretty cosmopolitan, too, strolling around the city’s tallest towers alongside all those suited and booted professionals. If you’re not a walker, you can catch the complimentary West Bay shuttle bus which drops off and picks up for free at the area’s hottest spots. There are also plenty of cabs.

Walking around makes me hungry. Where should I eat?
You’re spoilt for choice. West Bay is home to great cafés like Australian gourmet concept jones the grocer and Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha’s awesome Quick Bites. For fine dining there’s Spice Market and Market by Jean-Georges (both past recipients of our coveted Restaurant of the Year award), as well as the romantic steakhouse Anvil Rooms and, also in Tornado Tower, French brasserie La Varenne.

It’s getting dark – any good nightspots around here?
Definitely. Start your evening by catching a match in bustling sports bar Champions at Marriott Marquis City Centre and then move over to the contemporary The Lounge at Kempinski Residences & Suites. Certainly end up in the area’s only club Crystal Lounge at W Doha. For something with a little more flair, seaside Polynesian spot Trader Vic’s at Hilton Doha is a great option, too.

Only at West Bay

Pyramidal architecture

At one time, Doha’s skyline could only be recognised by the familiar pyramidal shape of the Sheraton Doha. Nowadays, it’s dwarfed by the arrival of many well-known towers but remains a popular hub of activity. Having undergone a hotel-wide refurbishment just last year, it’s now even better than ever to enjoy a spot of recreation. Learn more at
www.sheratondoha.com.

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

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