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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,385 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, Cambodia628 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 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
    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
  • NoosaKings
    Noosa, Australia397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical experience at night
    We visited in the day and at night. Day is quiet, with a few stalls open in the air conditioned covered walkways. All vendors are friendly and not too much hassling. We had lunch and dinner here and passed through on multiple occasions but the real draw is at night when the lights make the area come alive. For souvenirs, there is plenty to choose from, lamps, lights and cloth in particular. Nearby are the Gold Markets and the Falconery. We also saw camels. There are a couple of hotels to duck into if you get hot.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • twinkleshamsi
    Doha, Qatar4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heritage vibe in Qatar
    This place gives you an amazing experience on heritage vibes of Qatar. You can enjoy some local shopping and explore restaurants in the Souq (known as 'Market' in English). It also has some pet shops area, few rides for kids and some times local ladies who provide mehndi/ henna designing services. The best time to visit this place is during the evening.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Fang C
    Shanghai, China1,309 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One stop local shopping
    This is the local market where you can buy souvenir, middle east dress, perfume, spice etc. and you can practice your bargain skill with the shop owners. Most time you can get half price as they marked for the product. We went to there around 11 am, little bit early, some shops not open yet. It's better visit there during evening, but with friends or group.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 September 2023
  • HamadZ1122
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sog Wagif
    Amazing experience and very lovely mix of old and new Doha touch! This is my 4th visit to Doha in less than one year and I still cant get enough of this beautiful soul of Doha. If you are there for short, try to stay there, they have quite nice services and you will enjoy for sure.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 September 2023
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Alan V
Charlotte, NC13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Souq was the high point of a wonderful trip to Qatar. Perched in the older section of Doha, the Souq was rebuilt after a devastating fire and the market has become one of the premier places to visit in the gulf countries. There are literally hundreds of merchants selling a wide variety of wares ranging from authentic spices to handmade crafts. There is even a section which hosts expensive Falcons (yes, the birds), complete with a medical facility for injured raptors. There are dozens of restaurants with a wide variety of food, ranging from Italian, Turkish, Lebanese, etc. A large open square has live entertainment almost every night and there is even a subterranean movie theater with numerous screens and all the latest cinema offerings. The nearby Metro stop makes for an easy connection fom virtually anywhere in DOHA and the countless boutique hotels make for a convenient place to stay. I left with a rug from Iran, a handmade lamp from Egypt and some beatiful scarves. A nearby Jewelry district had an amazing collection of offerings. Prices were negotiable but I had a hard time getting more then 30-35% discount. Still taht was enough and I couldn't have left any happier. The Souq opens as early as 7:30 for coffee shops and stays open as late as 11:00 for shops and far later for restaurants and entertainment venues. The weather in Jan. was pleasant but it was the best time to go.
Written 11 January 2020
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Wade R
Cape Town, South Africa16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I visited Doha in December of 2019. During my 10 day stay, I visited the souk twice. I found that I hadn't allowed enough time to fully explore the souk on my first visit and hence had to return a second time.

Both visits were a really amazing experience for me, I loved the vibe and ambiance in the market - it was something out of a movie! There are lots of middle eastern and Indian restaurants to enjoy and for those that enjoy smoking shisha, they are readily available. There are of course lots of vendors, selling all kinds of things from jewellery to hand-crafted leather goods to birds! This is a really great place to get your gift shopping done.

The vendors are very friendly and welcoming and are also open to bargaining. I really enjoyed engaging with the vendors, learning some arabic words and getting suggestions on where to eat and where else to visit around Doha.

Overall, if I were recommending an itinerary for someone visiting Qatar, this would be a must-do.

I would allocate an entire evening to the souk. vendors start opening around 4/5pm and close at 10/11pm. I would advise arriving around opening time, before the market gets very busy, to enable you to get a good look at everything there is to see, and still allowing time for dinner before the restaurant kitchens close.
Written 2 January 2020
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Leo P
Qatar33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Souq Waqif is situated at the heart of the city Doha, and is one of the most precious and beautiful part of the city.The architectural excellence and the detail of this venue takes us bck to the old days when things were not commercialized.
The rustic and rawness of the place is truly recommended for every new travellers to understand Qatars history in terms of Souq.
A set of Restaurant were built in to convene ppl coming to shop.
The main stretch of Souq Waqif is the sheesha bars,which is layed in an array of rows along the street.
Ppl sitting and talking, socializing is something which is a site to be seen.
I certainly recommend the Souq to everyone new travellers and to repeat travellers,as authenticity is the best piece of life.
Written 17 March 2020
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DizzyBlonde23
Halifax, UK507 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
On a recent visit to Doha our hotel was located directly adjacent to the market so did spend most of our 3 days in Doha walking around different sections of the market. Although not a true and old authentic market it is one of the main visitor spots in Doha.

It was interesting seeing the authentic stores selling spices, local products etc in the market as well as getting lost and finding random stores such as a taxidermy store where it was interesting watching the trader at work with an antelope of some kind! There are lots of souvenir/toy/gimmicky stalls too but we did avoid these.

There are also a number of bars, cafes and restaurants and we enjoyed sitting out at lunchtime/on an evening with a dessert/ice cream and a drink watching the world go by.

We had a tour of the market with a guide from our hotel one evening and it was nice to have him explaining areas such as the spice and falcon souks as well as taking us to see the camels and horses (of which the horses seemed well cared for albeit a bit skittish of people!)

The disturbing aspect of the market for me (as a pet owner and animal lover) was the animal market. Now I know people treat animals differently in Middle Eastern, Asian countries etc and don’t hold them in the same regard as the Western world but still found the blatant disregard of them abhorrent and sad. There were animals of all kinds from fish to birds to dogs to exotic animals such as terrapins, lizards etc. Although the animals did have food and water (via a water bottle) most of them were in barren cages with no mat/flooring (so they were just on the bars) as well as a lot of cages with faeces in them located on top of other animals, in direct sunlight and with lots of people and noise.. It was also a smelly area. The saddest sights (amongst many) I saw were numerous kittens with their eyes stuck almost shut, an extremely young puppy that looked to be near the end hidden in a small cage at the back of a shop and a mother dog in a barren cage with young puppies. I would have rescued them all if I could! None of the staff had any clue about any of the animals (which were also very expensive) and just wanted to give them to people (by grabbing them) to pose for photos with. On taking a closer look at some of the dogs and cats (which the clerks gave me for a closer look) they were shaking, skittish and matted with overgrown claws.

Would have avoided the animal market but the entrance was near our hotel so had to go through that part of the souk to access the other areas.

Would recommend parts of it to first time visitors (especially the outside areas at night) as it is a good place to soak up the atmosphere and people watch but sadly the animal market spoilt it for me and my friend and even now we’re sad thinking about the poor animals there.
Written 16 April 2020
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Lina M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We visited Souq Waqif at night..before you enter the souq area there are cafe's with live arabic music. If you are a shisha smoker then you will be pleased..the old souq area has endless rows of shops selling fabric,t shirts boukhor and perfumes We bought alot of beautiful fabric at bargain prices. If you are visiting Doha you should pass by this place in the evening.(too hot during the day).
Written 16 June 2020
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SML027
New Orleans, LA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
An absolute treat for the senses, you must visit the Souq when visiting Doha. It’s a beautiful town square with shops and restaurants and cafes and vendors ranging from ice cream and candy shops to fine jewelers. It’s open late so you can enjoy the beautiful lights and walk around before or after dinner, and such a lively and vibrant atmosphere to really give you the feel of the exotic city. I didn’t realize as a westerner that alcohol is prohibited in this area, even in restaurants - but still enjoyed a beautiful view as I had my dinner in one of the rooftop restaurants, swapping a lovely mint tea for my usual glass of wine. The shopkeepers were patient and nice as I was on the last night of a long journey and had absolutely no room for more gifts but spent time perusing the shops and taking in the local makers and their wares. I would have loved to have spent 3 days making my way around the winding alleys peeling into every door, but for now will be glad to have had the short experience of an overnight layover and recommend to anyone else to do the same.
Written 22 February 2020
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Meikko
Davao City, Philippines9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
This is the-go-to place of every resident and tourist of Qatar. This is the place where you can find various restaurants from cheap ones to quite expensive. You can also find cheaper items like traditional clothes, animals, and the like in the inner part of souq. Apparently, summer time is not the best time of the year to do some walk around.
Written 31 July 2020
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Cynthia H
Sarasota, FL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
What a wonderful afternoon I had wandering and shopping in the ancient "standing market"/Souq Waqif!! It is a "must see" if you are in Doha. Just the fragrances of the spices and cooking foods was enchanting. Seeing the selection of birds, fresh foods, household goods and clothing (traditional and contemporary) etc....takes you back to ancient times and gives you a feel for what it must have been like for many people living in this part of the world. Even today, in this robe filled market, you can see porters with carts following behind families doing their bulk shopping in the market. Put COSTCO to shame :)
I felt safe as a solo women traveler walking about a 1/2 mile and back from my hotel to enjoy the market. In some cases be ready to bargain with the shop owners is you are buying multiple items. There are some fascinating items to be had.
Written 22 January 2020
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lovesusa
Stockton Heath, UK645 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went here in the evening and it was perhaps a bit much at that time as it was so busy and cramped. Weren't bothered at all unlike some Souqs we have visited. There is a small area here where falcons are bought and sold - very expensive falcons I might add.
Written 26 February 2020
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Isha Sharma
Doha, Qatar178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
If you had a trip to Doha & you had not been to Souq Waqif; oops you actually missed the main attraction in tbe city. Souq Waqif is basically a well built market presenting rural insights. Here, you will find fancy to the most traditional restaurants serving international & local delicacies and small road side shops to buy some soveniers. I would recommend to visit this market in the evening, so as to protect yourself from the sun & witness the most of it as it’s a happening place after the sunset.
Written 29 August 2021
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