Souq Waqif
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  • Cye Ampere
    Doha, Qatar101 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Lovetotravel706
    Durban, South Africa417 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 June 2023
  • beanz1
    11 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Clelia
    Australia26 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,041 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 30 July 2023
  • Jarret S
    4 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 2 August 2023
  • Andrew
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia629 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Catherine
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom5 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Steven K
    3 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Unique Dreamscape
    Plantation, Florida21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enchanting
    Souq Waqif in Doha is a captivating blend of tradition and medernity, offering a glimpse into the heart of Qatari culture. Strolling through its labyrinthine alleys, I was immersed in a sensory journey of colors, scents and sounds. The architecture is a marvel, echoing the region's heritage while accommodating contemporary amenities. The bursting market stalls offered an array of goods, from intricate handcrafts and textiles to spices that filled the air with their aromatic presence. I observed the lively interactions between locals and tourist, creating a truly vibrant atmosphere. While Souq Waqif preserves its historical essence, it also caters to modern interest with art galleries, boutiques and cultural events. The Falcon Souq and the Camel Pen showcase the deep-rooted traditions.The best time to visit is during the cooler evenings when the crows are thinner and the ambience is enchanting.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled on business
    Written 21 August 2023
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Bear
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Servive was good. However, we did not understand that this is a chain of hotels located in close proximity to each other. We ended up not staying at the one we thought we were. However, the room we had was very nice. We did have to arrange for the golf cart to take us to breakfast as it was about a 15min walk to another hotel that did the breakfast. However would stay there again.
Written 20 May 2024
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artsalgoa
Panjim, India4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very nice market place lots of authentic shops...local produce, bird market....handicrafts, memorabilia...nice restaurants
Written 17 May 2024
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James
New York City, NY5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Amazing place for tourists specially in winters it looks cool and cozy atmosphere I have seen lots of change in infrastructure of roads building
As we see Qatar is moving very fast
Written 11 May 2024
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Kelly lee S
66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Walking around the markets gives you a real feel of Qatar seeing all the locals and the difference items in the shops seeing what they have on offer.
Written 9 May 2024
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Miss Perfect
London, UK79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Loved pashmina shopping. Really nice authentic atmosphere. Stallholders not at all pushy. Nice quality goods great arabic aromas.
Written 7 May 2024
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Gayle C
120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Absolutely brilliant. So interesting. A surprise around every corner. So compelling. Very safe environment and full of wonderful Arab hospitality. Fantastic experience.
Written 3 May 2024
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand1,083 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A unique market which is clearly both a tourist attraction and a place of communal gatherings for locals. There is an abundance of merchandise of all descriptions and predilections, assuring each a measure of satisfaction.
Because of the variety of both products and prices, it is worthwhile setting aside time to explore. Compared to many other Middle Eastern Markets, hawking here is more “polite” and makes for a more pleasurable experience rather than feeling pressured into making a hasty on the spot decisions.
Aside from the merchandise, there is an abundance of places to both dine and relax, which appears to be a considerable pastime for the majority who visit this wonderful location.
Written 25 April 2024
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Emre
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is one of the places to see while you are there, but it will not excite an Istanbul resident.
There are some nice places around it. You can have a drink. Since it is closed during the heat of the day, it can be an midday activity.
Written 25 April 2024
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Zarina M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We can do a lot of shopping but you have to make your price when they want to tell you their prices.
So, it's animated all the day but more at night.
Written 25 April 2024
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Tootles
United Kingdom11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had heard a lot about the souq and was not disappointed. Lots of stalls to look through and not as much pestering as you get in Dubai. We also enjoyed the restaurants having dinner at one and dessert at another which enabled us to people watch. A must if you are visiting Doha.
Written 25 April 2024
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