Souq Waqif

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Souq Waqif

Just like every great city in the world has a downtown, pedestrians-only walking street, Doha’s very own Souq Waqif is the most modern yet traditional area in Doha.

The narrow alleyways and cobbled streets filled with rich aromas from the spices and strong scents of the perfumes are just perfect for getting lost, trawling around and looking for new things to discover. It’s the most authentic peek into traditional Qatari lifestyles.

Rumour has it that merchants had to stand up as it would get flooded owing to the wells in Musheireb and hence the name standing market. When reconstructing the decades-old Souq, it was rebuilt as it was before, keeping with modern techniques and conveniences.

So what you’re getting is an extremely brilliant cultural spot with access to shopping, restaurants, art exhibits, roadside vendors and plenty of other exciting things.

There are some things you just shouldn’t miss such as dining in Parisa (a palatial Persian restaurant), haggling for souvenirs on the main Souq streets, buying reasonably priced shawls from the inner streets (for as low as QR15), watching the live performances along with dinner at Damasca One, trying a shisha on the rooftop of Tajine, stopping by for a caramel latte at Café Tasse and having a traditional Karak. There’s a falcon souk around the corner, an animal souk and a gold souk.

Mark this for your Doha bucket list – if you’re lucky, you might even get to see horses casually trotting across.
Al Souq Street, www.visitqatar.qa.

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