So, where are you taking us?
This month we’ve gone mainstream. We’re off to The Pearl-Qatar.
Well, we’re not as alternative as we like to pretend. Tell us more.
You probably already know about the great restaurants. You can start with breakfast at Atelier Art Café for excellent eggs and fantastic coffee, head over to Debs w Remman for a classic Lebanese lunch and then choose from creative Japanese at Megu or homely Mexican at Isla.
I’m not hungry enough for a whole meal. Where should I go?
Karaki serves just two things: hot drinks and luqmat. It’s the quintessential Arabian coffee-and-cake pitstop. Sip on karak tea with saffron or traditional Middle Eastern coffee, and enjoy sweet or savoury varieties of the fried donut balls, with dips ranging from Snickers to Kiri cheese. Just round the corner, Camille’s Ice-cream bars is the best thing to happen to ice cream since cones: choose a flavour then have it dipped in a sauce and pile on a topping.
I’ve eaten too much. Now what?
Walk off the calories around The Pearl’s myriad high-end and designer boutiques. There’s everything from Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani to Ralph Lauren Home.
I prefer more quirky, independent boutiques...
Impression Boutique stocks a unique selection of clothing and accessories from regional designers.
And if I’m not really a shopper?
You can while away hour after hour at Megapolis. It has karaoke, virtual golf, a bowling alley, plus car racing and fighter jet simulators. Bonus: it’s bound to keep kids entertained.
Now I’m in the mood for something more cultural.
There’s always an intriguing exhibit at Anima Gallery, such as last month’s exploration of a dystopian future by Masakatsu Sashie. And we know you said you’re done with the eating, but there is a café at the gallery, too.
What are my evening plans?
We suggest heading to Illusion at Marsa Malaz Kempinski. Start off with a beverage on its lush garden terrace, or, on Wednesdays, book a table at the dazzling dinner show.
Only on The Pearl-Qatar
Doha’s first ever fully vegan cafe has just opened up with an exciting menu of healthy, raw, organic – and very creative – dishes. The cafe is attached to the soon-to-open Niya Yoga studio, so we’re willing to bet that this little Pearl venue is set to become the city’s next health hotspot.