Souq Waqif
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  • Rizwan Alibhai
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A traditional souq- a must see
    A must see if stopping in Doha. A traditional souq with many good eateries. The only disturbing thing were the caged animal pets for sale in the many pet shops. It felt like too many cramped in small cages. Maybe the authorities need to require larger cages or lesser numbers.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Cye Ampere
    Doha, Qatar72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Experience
    Awesome experience with the family and friends from the USA. We especially enjoy the arabic foods. Bought some souvenirs from arabic culture. The people working there are accommodating and very responsive. A little bit crowded when you go there during the weekend.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Lovetotravel706
    Durban, South Africa293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good evening time well spent
    We spent the afternoon here with my family and children . It’s pretty hot so go after 5 as it starts to cool down . There are lovely Restaurants to choose from . There is outside and inside seating available . Good for souvenirs and spice market is nice . Good vibe for an evening. Undercover parking available as well
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 27, 2023
  • beanz1
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Souq waqif was only a few minutes away from our hotel. Great market lots of small shops/stalls. Plenty to see from clothes to jewellery to lamps to gold souq shops, a shoppers dream come true. Plenty of restaurants and art gallery to see. Definitely well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Clelia
    Australia21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice to brows through !
    If you have not experienced markets like this before you should. We have been lucky to experienced many, this one is different , local but tourist not so much in range but if you need a scarf or similar is fine. The restaurants are western food and some local. The gold section is amazing so much gold to choose from. We went late in the afternoon , cooler and more relaxing.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,583 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Traditional Marketplace with Vibrant Atmosphere. Not to Be Missed
    Souq Waqif is a beautifully re-created traditional marketplace in the center of Doha not far from the Corniche. The original souq which dated back to the 1800s was destroyed in a fire in 2003 but was rebuilt in 2006 and has an authentic look and feel. There are shops inside and out selling clothing, jewelry, spices, animals and crafts. It is a great place to pick up a souvenir. I enjoyed this so much more than the grittier souq in Dubai where the vendors were aggressive and annoying. Minimal pressure in the Souq Waqif. This is also a great area to have a meal with many different restaurants to choose from. It's a vibrant place and even more enjoyable after dark. We were here during the World Cup, and it was buzzing. My only disappointment is nowhere to enjoy a beer with the restrictions in the country, but such is life.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Jarret S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enchanting market that truly comes alive from sunset till dawn!!
    Souq Waqif is an enchanting market that truly comes alive from sunset till dawn!! Having explored many markets across the globe, I must say that Souq Waqif is in my top 5 favorites. Come hungry because the food is endless, and it's all budget-friendly. Prepare to spend at least a few hours here, which will definitely pass by quickly since the market has so many exciting offerings.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Andrew
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia656 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magic
    I’ve been through souqs in places like Morocco so was braced for a hot and cramped shopping experience, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. This souq is generously laid out, with fans and the odd aircon unit taking the edge off the heat. The store owners were, in the main, friendly and welcoming and happy to haggle. We enjoyed a really authentic rough and ready dinner on one souq corner - tucking into skewers of meat, copious quantities of freshly baked bread and fresh rocket leaves. We just didn’t have enough time. We could have spent hours here - but not wanting to drag our friends into every store, we kept it relatively brief. And huge bonus - at the entrance to the souq on the evenings is a guy offering camel rides, which was a huge tick off my hubby’s Middle East wishlist. We’ll be back!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Catherine
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely recommend
    Our flight was delayed so we had 24 hours in Doha. The souk was definitely a highlight & we would have spent more time here if we could. It was relatively airy compared to other markets around the world and the sellers seemed friendly and fair. Highly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Steven K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Like a Different World
    Sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that'll leave you with stories to tell and memories to treasure! When I got here I feel like I'm in a different world. The vibes are so authentically Arabian that you will make you take photos. The bustling markets make you feel like you've time-traveled to an ancient marketplace. Definitely a fun experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
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Excursion36683007732
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great shopping for souvenirs and ancient stuff. Cultural and antique stuff at fair prices. Ease of access and a number of excellent eateries
Written April 19, 2024
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great souq with plenty of meandering passageways, shops selling a wide variety of things (textiles, teas, toys, souvenirs, spices), and good restaurants. The "bird souq" wasn't my favorite, with a lot of birds (and other animals like rabbits, turtles, some cats, even a puppy) in very small cages. The rest was fun though. Not crowded at all in the mornings and midday (though also a lot of the shops aren't open then), but crowded on the weekends in the evening (or at least during Eid). Fireworks show was a nice bonus!
Written April 18, 2024
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doran96
Preston, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Had a great evening walking through the Souq. There’s lots of different stalls to see and there’s no hard-sell. Nice atmosphere, clean environment and whilst it was busy it wasn’t overwhelming. Highly recommended!
Written April 16, 2024
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Mohammed N
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It's an amazing place to visit in Qatar you will find all the things in this area it's a cultural place, have good restaurants and shisha places to enjoy.
Written April 4, 2024
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JB3
Auckland Central, New Zealand243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Really enjoyed visiting here. Lots of stalls to wander around in the little alley ways. Lots of Birds, Turtles, Goldfish, Rabbits and Ducklings for sale as pets. We were there during Ramadan so no food available anywhere until 6pm, but then all restaurants opened and there was a large variety of food to choose from. Very easy to get to on the Metro and well sign posted from there.
Written April 4, 2024
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Highburysunshine
London, UK146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Located in the heart of the lower end of the Corniche, this is a must see for all visitors. Lots of excellent restaurants - highly recommend Parisa and The Village.

There are a few market sections; pets, camels, falcons, gold, foods, general tat. Easily worth a full half day or a second visit.

Near to Dhow Harbour and the MIA museum, as well as the modern (polar opposite) venue Msheirab.
Written March 31, 2024
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Paula S
Castleford, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Beautiful Bustling place with lots of stalls to look at,can also see the camels and falcons
Was very busy when I went due to the Asian cup taking place and there was a match on that night.Lots of street front restaurants .Very relaxed and happy atmosphere.Well worth a visit
Written March 26, 2024
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ScenicSights
Wauwatosa, WI789 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Went with my friend and my son. A bustling palce. So many sights and sounds. Lots of good food. We ate here twice on two different days. Both delicious. Bought some jewelry and a Christmas ornament. Nice to see families and lots of people enjoying themselves.
Written March 23, 2024
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scotdoc2015
Birmingham, UK219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Thoroughly recommend it for your touristic shopping list. Maze of shops. Thankfully most are in open outside areas. Night time here is buzzing. A must go location.
Written March 20, 2024
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Bec K
102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great vibe and bustling atmosphere. Vendors weren't pressuring us to buy, which makes for a better experience. Don't forget to negotiate!
Written March 19, 2024
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