Souq Waqif Restaurants – 5 MUST try restaurants in Souq Waqif 

Souq Waqif Restaurants – 5 MUST try restaurants in Souq Waqif 

Looking for the best Souq Waqif restaurants? In this guide I round up the 5 must try and best restaurants in Souq Waqif from my years of living in Qatar and exploring the Souq – my favourite place in the city! When I arrived in Doha, the one place I wanted to spend time in was Souq Waqif. For me the Souq embodied everything about the change of culture that we were experiencing, so I wanted to be there for as many meals as I could. I think this is true for anyone arriving in Qatar, visitor or tourist! So if you are looking for where to eat in Souq Waqif this guide will have you sorted! 

Souq Waqif Restaurants – Best Restaurants in Souq Waqif 

Parisa – the best restaurant in Souq Waqif

Parisa Souq Waqif
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Parisa Souq Waqif

I have written about Parisa before because it is one of my favorite restaurants in Doha and certainly in my opinion the best restaurant in Souq Waqif!

 Parisa Souq Waqif branch has the blend of amazing food coupled with the most decadent and exotic restaurant decors in the whole of Doha. Whenever we have visitors this is the place we take them. I recommend you try the rice (they do three types and they are all delicious), the kebabs but our surprising favorite is the walnut and pomegranate stew.

Kebab platter at Parisa Souq Waqif

Bandar Aden – the cheapest Souq Waqif Restaurant!

This is perhaps the cheapest Souq Waqif restaurant and also one of my favorites. Until I had eaten at Bandar Aden I had never eaten at a Yemeni restaurant or tried Yemeni food! I had been missing out! 

What surprised me is how different Yemeni Food is to other Middle Eastern foods. Big sizzling stews served with bread and a Yemeni type salsa. In my opinion this is the best Yemeni Restaurant Souq Waqif has on offer if not the best Yemeni restaurant in Doha! 

Gymkhana – the best Indian food in Doha

Being from Birmingham, curry has been a big part of my culinary life. When I arrived in Doha I went on a quest to find the best curry and have to admit I was disappointed until I found Gymkhana. They have a fabulous range of starters along with some more traditional curries. They also serve a fabulous Mango Lassi!

Damascus restaurant Souq Waqif  

Damascus One was the first restaurant I ate in in Souq Waqif. I love the restaurant especially in Winter as it has the most beautiful terrace that is perfect for people watching. I don’t usually order a main when I eat here but a whole bunch of Mezze starters. It is a great place to go in nice weather in Qatar.

Italia Mia

Ok, I know not the obvious choice when visiting Souq Waqif Qatar but sometimes you don’t fancy Middle Eastern or Asian food. Sometimes all you fancy is a pizza even when you are in a Souq. The Italia Mia pizzas are delicious and tucked away in a back alley of the Souq. The staff are really friendly and the pizza crusts are perfect!

What are your favorite Souq Waqif restaurants?

For a complete a-z of the best restaurants in Doha check out our guide


  1. cressida crossley
    March 25, 2019 / 7:00 am

    loving your page – my daughter and I are coming to Doha in November for two days! So doing research – thank you for all your hard work. Do you recommend any particular dessert trip?

    • March 25, 2019 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you – we have used Arabian adventures before and had a good experience! If you have any other questions do shout! How old is your daughter?

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