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- 79%Budget Travelers
- 70%History Buffs
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- 61%Family Travelers
- 60%Nightlife Lovers
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- Souq WaqifMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 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.Recommended for:
- Souq WaqifOct 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.Recommended for:
- Souq WaqifOct 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.
- Souq WaqifJul 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:
- Souq WaqifJul 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.