Winner Best Café Quick Bites Quick Bites is exactly what one would expect from a café – the vibe is buzzing in this modern setting, there’s a range of food catering to all tastes, plus plenty of hot drinks and smoothies. You can enjoy a leisurely experience, drop in for a quick snack or even take away. There is a regularly changing a la carte menu or daily specials and even ‘Make your own’ forms to fill in for salads, sandwiches and weekend breakfasts. Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).
Highly commended Al Jalsa The first thing you notice on arrival at Al Jalsa are the rich, beautiful colours and the Moroccan-style décor. It’s quite romantic with luxurious fabrics and comfortable settees. It doesn’t take much to lose track of time here, as the menu offers sumptuous dining options in solo or sharing portions. Sharq Village, Khulaifat (4425 6666).
Casper & Gambini’s This restaurant-café, originally from Lebanon, has a menu packed with hearty and unique dishes that cater to a range of tastes. From pastas and pizzas, to innovative salads and sandwiches, plus plenty of ‘lite’ options, and a delicious array of desserts, you can’t go wrong for lunch or dinner in this chic mall eatery. Landmark Mall, Al Gharrafa (4417 8406).
Chac’Late Think cakes, fondues, bonbons and a range of indulgent hot chocolates and you’ll get the idea of what Chac’Late is all about. This small Parisian-style café offers indoor and outdoor seating by the Katara amphitheatre. With a small but decadent a la carte menu and signature breakfast offerings, Chac’Late is a welcome respite from busy Doha life. Katara Cultural Village, West Bay Lagoon (4408 0733).
jones the grocer This gourmet Australian brand offers the epitome of casual café dining in Doha. On the menu are fresh salads and sandwiches, heartier main meals including their famous burgers, a huge selection for the charcuterie board, as well as plenty of drinks. One can’t stop here, however, without a visit to the delectable dessert counter and you can also pick up some gourmet ingredients and cookbooks while you’re there. The Gate Mall, West Bay (4407 7175).
Museum of Islamic Art Cafés When the weather’s obliging, the waterside café in the Museum of Islamic Art Park is an unparalleled al fresco spot. The pre-packed gourmet meals are of premium quality and priced accordingly, and you can munch on these while enjoying a majestic view of West Bay. Alternatively, head inside the museum where a wider range of dishes await, with a beautiful natural light-filled atrium to enjoy it in. Museum of Islamic Art, Doha port, Corniche (4422 4444).
Sugar & Spice It’s easy to see the allure of this quaint café, which is consistently packed out during evenings and weekends. Decked out with eclectic furniture and wall hangings, Sugar & Spice resembles a cosy and nostalgic parlour. The menu features temptations from signature sundaes and fondues to red velvet cake and banoffee pie, alongside a dessert counter filled with daily specials. Lagoona Mall, West Bay (4411 4456).
W Café Staying true to the hotel’s chic brand, the W Café is one of the more handsome places for a quick business meeting or friendly social catch-up. The menu changes to offer breakfast items early on, sandwiches and salads for a heftier meal and afternoon tea when the sun is low. Plus the décor is plush and the dessert glass case contains treats of every ilk and colour which change every day. W Hotel (4453 5000).