5 must try restaurants in Souq Waqif 

5 must try restaurants in Souq Waqif 

When I arrived in Doha, the one place I wanted to spend time in was Souq Waqif Qatar. 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. Over my time in Doha, I think I have tried pretty much all of the restaurants in Souq Waqif. Here I round up the 5 best and must try restaurants in Souq Waqif.Parisa – the best Persian food in Qatar 

Parisa Souq Waqif

Parisa Souq Waqif

I have written about Parisa before because it is one of my favorite restaurants in Doha. Parisa has the blend of amazing food coupled with the most decadent and exotic restaurants 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 – Yemeni restaurant souq waqif 

This is perhaps the cheapest restaurant I have eaten at in Doha and also one of my favorites. Until I had eaten at Bandar Aden I had never eaten Yemeni restaurant or tried Yemeni food! 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. It is really a must try when you next visit Souq Waqif Qatar.

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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