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Souq Waqif, Doha

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Founded at the turn of the 20th century in a dried riverbed where Bedouin Arabs once traded wares, Souq Waqif remains a major marketplace providing access to a range of local goods. Frequented by locals and visitors, the market offers traditional clothing, handcrafted items, spices, and souvenirs, hosting many restaurants, cafes, and shisha lounges that serve Qatari, Yemeni, Syrian, and various other Middle Eastern cuisines. Check out the parts of the souq where domestic pets, like dogs, cats, turtles, and birds are sold, in addition to an area devoted to falcons and falconers. Our Doha trip builder tool makes visiting Souq Waqif and other Doha attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It’s an old area. With street food and street shops. You can get local stuff from there. You can enjoy kunafa which we ate at al aker. Good place for souvenirs.  more »
  • Amazing place to be. Just was there at the wrong time , late at night for dinner at the Village and afternoon for some quick shopping. Loved everybit of the place.  more »
  • Can't miss it The best attraction in doha specially if you don't have much time in the city. The tourist shops are overpriced  more »
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  • Souq Waqif came highly recommended by my hotel when I asked for recommendation for dinner. So I took a short walk and was a pleasant surprise. It is a contrast to the modern landscape of Doha and bustling with activities. Even with the weekend crowd, there was a good stillness without jostling and pushing. My favourite is the bird street where shops sell different kinds of birds and pets like puppies and kittens. Many restaurants and also street food vendors too.
  • The traditional state of the art infrastructure and ethnic shops make us feel like we are in the era of Civil age with modern things been sold.. absolutely amazing to visit in evenings with glad tidings flown from everywhere...
  • A lovely place where you can walk or just sit at a cup of coffee and look back in time. Or you may go shopping and buy nearly anything at one place. For me this is one of the most interesting places in Doha. It's really picturesque and photogenic. Highly recommended.
  • Awesome place to visit in Doha, Qatar. It gives you traditional feel old times and a wide range of goods are available. Awesome good from different countries.
  • Probably the best place to visit when in Doha. Very picturesque with stone floors and buildings, lots of merchants selling spices, herbs, fragrances, fabrics, jewelry, oriental accessories, toys, souvenirs... basically anything but electronics. There are a lot of small restaurants in the area serving local cuisine and lots lots of hookah coffee shops in which you have to be very lucky to catch a spot on a weekend night as smoking hookah is a very popular sport here. Would definitely recommend a visit!

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From luxurious five-star and boutique hotels, to upscale chains and resorts, Doha offers some of the best high-end accommodations in the region. You can find more affordable hotel and hostel lodgings near Souq Waqif, a traditional bazaar, centrally located and offering easy access to the Corniche promenade and other downtown attractions.
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