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Souq Waqif

Near Al Souq Street & Abdullah Bin Jassim Street, Doha, Qatar
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  • Souq WaqifPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Nov 06, 2013

    You could criticize the souq for being somewhat Disneyesque but the builders have done a great job of creating a space that at least projects an air of historical authenticity despite the fact that most of the buildings are quite new.

    My favorite place to linger and pass the day. The souq has plenty of shopping, dining, and non-alcoholic drinking options. The lighting is fantastic just before sunset. Try to find a spot on a rooftop and relax as the sun goes down casting a rose-colored hue on the surrounding buildings.

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    Zora O'Neill
    5 Oct 23, 2013

    The stereotype of the Gulf states is that they're nothing but malls, and it can start to feel this way if you're there for any length of time. Souq Waqif is the antidote to all that--it's Doha's traditional main souk, and it was restored very tastefully in the last decade. Purists say it's too touristy, but it is certainly not a mall, and you'll see lots of Qataris here--granted, they're mostly at the restaurants, and not shopping, but still. The souq has everything from spices to dates to live birds, and a couple of great halva-makers. There are loads of cafes and restaurants, as well as a plaza on the west side where street-food vendors set up in the late afternoons, from about 5pm till 10pm. It's all great traditional Gulf food, and nice women selling it.

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    Michael Nolan
    2 Oct 23, 2012

    Honestly, I was disappointed. Despite being made to look old, it's new - as in, built 5-10 years ago. Unlike Istanbul's Grand Bazaar or Bangkok's Chatuchak, which feel old for a reason, this one was more akin to what one might find at Disneyland. Beyond this, the shops all sell roughly the same stuff, with 60% or so complete tourist junk. Fabrics do look to be a solid find here, and the oddly colored birds (possibly/likely dyed) make for an interesting time. Beyond that, however, its not much of a place.

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    Sameer Badruddin
    5 Aug 12, 2012

    A must visit n a Gr8 place in Qatar. Best Dine, Best HangOut, Best Walk, Best Heritage Zone, Best Crowd etc etc

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    edward dixon
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    The place to be!! This is where everyone comes to relax, eat, people watch, shop, and of course smoke shisha!! The atmosphere is amazing!! If u come to Doha, u have to come here!!

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    Beth Wright
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    For a city as modern as Doha, Souq Waqif is a pleasant attempt at historical recreation. The buildings are actually pretty new, but they're built to feel like an old market with winding alleyways and second-floor terraces overlooking the streets below. If you can get over the Disney-esque aspect, it can be quite charming. The restaurants are good and surprisingly inexpensive for Doha, the street performers are entertaining, and the people - as many Qataris as tourists when I was there - are generally happy. It's a good vibe.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    NeverAwayFromHome
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    There is a lot at the souq from spices to gold as mentioned before, but there is also a Haagen Daaz and a Costa. It doesn't have the real old world feel of other old style markets, mainly due to the fact that it isn't that old and recently underwent renovations. That said, it is a good trip while in Doha and there are many restaurants to visit.

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    Gisele Muller
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    This place is awesome. From spices to gold, incredibly elegant fabrics to local food and souvenirs, this is the place to go if you are visiting Doha.

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    Fares Fares
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    4 Feb 27, 2014

    Real nice with authentic feel in it compared to Dubai

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    Kim Jensen
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    4 Aug 12, 2013
    Recommended for:BackpackersBudget TravelersGreen TravelersLocal Culture
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    Rema Alrajhi
    5 Jun 27, 2014

    Love it , it will take u to the old days in the middle of the growing city

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    Toufic Tawily
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    4 Aug 03, 2012

    An authentic Qatari experience. this soul is full of cafes and souvenir shops.

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    Mohamed Naeim
    5 Jul 24, 2012

    they have good restaurants, good environment, good market, best place to go

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    Din Legaspi
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    very traditional,,its awesome..

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    Mel Tei
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    prang divisoria :)

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    Martin Liu
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Afternoon tea with cat

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    3 Jun 22, 2012
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    5 May 28, 2012
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    4 Jun 27, 2012
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4.5 out of 5
23 member's reviews
129 people visited Souq Waqif

Description

Souq Waqif is located in exotic Qatar, in the city of Doha. It is a market place that offers an excellent taste of the region, specializing in traditional goods such as wool and perfumes, staple goods of the area such as spices, and in recent years souvenirs and handicrafts designed to catch the eye of visiting tourists. In addition to the opportunities for shopping there are several art galleries ... read more
and the market plays hosts to concerts during the holidays. The market is a convenient place to explore, as there are three small hotels for lodgings, as well as numerous cafes and restaurants specializing in Shisha as well as other local foods. It is easily accessible by public and private transport.

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