Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar
A go-to spot for for dessert lovers, you’ll find endless varieties of sweet tooth-satisfiers. The chocolate lava cake here is decadent and there are plenty of chocolates and sweet treats you can pack up and take home.
Marina Way 1, The Pearl-Qatar (4409 5236).
One of the most unassuming of the city’s Lebanese Armenian collection, Al Mayass has an expansive list of hot dishes and we love the sujuk here. Whichever kebab piques your interest, you won’t be disappointed.
30 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 8411).
This part-restaurant, part-art gallery hosts some of the most unique works of art we have seen around town. Drop by for a nice meal at the restaurant – Anima is known for its healthy options like the cranberry almond salad and of course, the legendary quinoa brownies that taste like a dream.
30 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 7554).
Experience traditional Arabic dishes made by Baladna’s very own dairy factory (so obviously the labneh and kashkawan here are unbelievably good) and meat farm. It doesn’t get more authentic than this. The breakfast tray is a winner (and good enough for two very hungry people) and the outdoor seating is beautiful.
Medina Centrale (3333 5516).
Burj Al Hamam
Burj Al Hamam is right on the waterfront at 1 La Croisette, which means you’ll get a gorgeous view of the marina and the open sea ahead. Capture the last of the dying light at sunset and it’s truly a spectacular spot to be at this time. The Lebanese food is top notch and it’s one of the few places in town that serves brilliantly authentic dishes.
Porto Arabia (4409 5238).
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Dine in the Old Beirut atmosphere of this beautiful spot and enjoy some traditional cuisine from the Levant. If breakfast is your thing, it serves some of the best halloumi and mixed manakish, but we love the fatteh hummus here. It’s light and refreshing, and topped with pine nuts – our favourite. Try the kebabs later in the day and, of course, the hummus Beiruty.
Plaza Andalucia (3333 4663).
For a fantastic breakfast, we can’t think of a better spot than this Canadian import. Not only do you get unlimited varieties of eggs (although there’s so much more than just eggs), the spot is always buzzing and lively, so you’re guaranteed a really vibrant morning meal. We can’t get enough of the Benedict and Beyond page (special mention goes to the smoked salmon benny) and the classic pancakes and waffles for sharing. Order a cup of brewed coffee (which is refillable – hurrah) and you’re good to go.
Plaza Al Hambra (5040 9900).
Evergreen Organics feels every inch a health food spot, and it’s one of the most pleasant café settings in the city with beautiful canal views from Qanat Quartier. We highly recommend the vegan burger here, it’s a game-changer.
Qanat Quartier (4472 0437).
This all-day dining outlet features authentic and delicious Qatari cuisine. We love the cosy ambience here – it feels like a typical old Qatari house. Enjoy a truly local dining experience and an eclectic menu inspired by Khaleeji culture.
Medina Centrale (3329 0600).
Indego by Vineet 360
Look no further if you’re aiming for Indian cuisine in a breathtaking setting, with panoramic views. Set over three stunning levels, Indego has a wow factor second to none. Chef Vineet Bhatia’s food is always reliable, delicious, creative and brilliantly presented. The café on the upper level has a fascinating Alice in Wonderland-meets-Mumbai theme and it’s the most unique experience you can have in these parts.
Abraj Quartier, The Pearl-Qatar (4417 7022).
This is one of the most authentic-looking Indian restaurants we’ve seen in Doha. It’s creative, quirky and you really feel like you’re sitting in an old eatery in a crowded metropolis of the subcontinent here. The décor and interesting Indian motifs will capture your gaze, as the detailing is just stunning. After you’re done staring at the rickshaws (yes, they’re real), you’ll spend a while wondering what to order because the entire menu sounds delicious. The food served is served in a fusion style and it’s really interesting how the flavours still manage to retain their authenticity. Everything is done really well and the flavours really bring you home.
Medina Centrale (5000 1334).
La Casa Twenty Eight
This cosy restaurant really hits the spot with homely cuisine and comfort foods. The interiors are beautiful, the outdoor terrace is vibrant with live music and it’s the best spot to enjoy a leisurely meal in the area with stunning Medina Centrale views.
Medina Centrale (3333 4883).
Le Relais de L’Entrecote
Classic Parisian food without the pain of pouring over a menu is what you can expect here. Le Relais de L’Entrecote serves a set menu of salad, two servings of pepper steak (cooked to your liking) and fries. Ask for the dessert menu at the end and take your pick from the numerous options. We highly recommend the relais vachelain, a tower of ice cream and meringue.
1 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 8182).
Megu’s modern Japanese fare makes mundane-sounding dishes, like crispy asparagus, anything but. The stylish, uncomplicated food allows each ingredient to really shine and the stunning interiors and outdoor terrace make this a memorable meal. There’s a teppanyaki bar too now.
Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4409 5237).
White Oryx Thai
The duck spring rolls here are noteworthy, but they’re not the only reason we love this place. The purple- and gold-themed décor is so authentic and the food follows suit. Fair warning, when they say spicy, know there’s some real heat coming up. You’ll need a box of tissues and a brave spirit though, because you won’t be able to stop eating the green curry.
30 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar (4477 4275).