Chill with a chai at Bandar
Nothing is more soothing than sitting by the seaside and sipping a hot cup of karak. You’ll find plenty of cars in Bandar (the port), so you will probably never be alone at any point, but it’s not noisy and you can just stare at the sea or listen to music inside your car. And with like-minded people around, nobody will judge you for being a loner.
Eat Lebanese food at Abajour
There’s something truly satisfying about a late night fatteh and if you’re looking for an excellent one, head to Abajour in Ezdan Hotel. It’s a reasonably sized restaurant with fun and vibrant interiors, in true Beirut style, and there’s plenty of tasty dishes for your late night cravings.
Ezdan Hotel, West Bay (4444 0961).
Explore Souq Waqif
This is the best time to explore this massive souk. You won’t experience the joys of haggling and strolling through all the spice and perfume markets, but you’ll have an eerily interesting experience when no one is around and if you’re hungry, there are a few spots open 24 hours such as Tajine and Zaatar W Zeit.
Grab a shawarma from Mashawi Al Arabi
If you’ve lived in Doha for a while, you’ve already broken in to the tradition of late night shawarmas. Mashawi Al Arabi has some of the best in town and even though there’s a massive line of cars that you’ll have to brave through, it’s worth every second of the waiting and every loud honk from cars behind you.
Al Nasr (4442 2900).
Have a late night snack Sandwich Factory
Looking for a pizza on spelt dough or a sandwich with multigrain bread at 3am? No problem, Sandwich Factory has all of that and much more. There are mezzes and plenty of dishes that are perfect for a late night meal.
The Gate Mall (4020 6500).
See the dancing fountains at Lusail Marina
Get here before midnight to watch the beautiful dancing light fountains along the length of the Lusail Marina. It’s a long walk but if you reach the end, you’ll find a beautifully landscaped Corniche with coffee shops along the way such as Tea Time.
Walk along the Corniche
Thankfully, the Corniche is always open and whether you want a leisurely 2am walk or an intense 5am run, you’ll always find people around you and some small-time vendors selling chips and water. There’s a Costa Coffee that’s open all night near the Sheraton Park and if you’re near the Souq Waqif side, you can stop for a karak in Bandar.