Travel guide: Bahrain

Bahrain's best neighbourhoods, shopping, bars and restaurants and more

This sleepy little island nation boasts a rich heritage, a laidback atmosphere and beautiful, hospitable people.

We asked the crew at Time Out Bahrain to share the best of their 'hood. Read on for the hottest neighbourhoods, the best shops, bars and restaurants, what to see and where to explore and much more.

Hottest neighbourhoods


Work hard and party hard in Seef, where you’ll find office blocks, shopping malls, five-star hotels and popular bars and restaurants.


The island’s bustling restaurant district, in Adliya, is where fine dining establishments, grassroots art galleries and rooftop bars jostle for space.


Khaleeji (Gulf) pop art is having its moment in the Middle East. Get your Bahrain fix at the funky Green Diamond Boutique.

Multiple locations (+973 1766 6636); visit the website for more information.

Manama Souq

The biggest and most notable marketplace on the island, where must-have souvenirs and delightful tack sit side by side.

Near Bab Al Bahrain.



The writing is on the wall at this graffiti-ed local neighbourhood hang out, where traditional Bahraini food is served in the pans it’s cooked in.

Shop 1655, Road 85, Block 505, Budaiya Hwy, Muqaba.

Saffron by Jena Bakery

For tourists searching for a true cultural and culinary experience in Bahrain, look no further than this spot. ‪Souq AlQaysreya, Al Muharraq.

Haji’s Gahwa

Nestled in the back alleys of Manama’s notable souq is this down-to-earth eatery where people of all backgrounds congregate.

Bab Al Bahrain, Manama Souq, Others, Manama.


Bahrain’s answer to Cheers has been ‘often copied, never bettered’, and we can vouch for that.

Building 30, Road 352, Block 326 Gudaibiya, Manama.

Mai Tai Lounge

Mai Tai Lounge

Sip on tropical cocktails at this eye-catching pagoda, which floats on a man-made lagoon surrounded by palm trees and flamingos.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Building 112, Road 40, Block 428, King Mohammed VI Avenue – Al Seef District, Manama 428.

See and explore

Muharraq’s pearling trail

A Unesco World Heritage Site that includes 17 old buildings and three offshore oyster beds. Part of the Qal’at Bu Mahir fortress.

Bahrain National Museum

Perched on the edge of the Arabian Gulf is this contemporary museum where the island’s historical roots run deep.

Al Fatih Highway, Manama 1729 8718.

Qal’at Al Bahrain

Qalat Al Bahrain

The Bahrain Fort is another Unesco World Heritage Site and a must-visit for its picturesque landscape and modern museum.

Karbabad, Capital Governorate.

Hidden gems

Discover local, fresh and beautiful produce where vendors also whip up traditional bites. Avenue 13, Galali.

Al Dar Island

Book yourself into an upmarket beach shack for the night and try pearl diving.

Taxi from Sitra fishing port, Others, Manama.

Don’t miss

An island guilty pleasure is Friday brunch, where free-flow bubbly and mountains of gourmet food are yours for the taking across the city.

Local’s tip

Taxis can play hard to get, so don’t forget to download the Uber app; they’ve just launched in Bahrain.

For more great ideas of where to go, check out Time Out Bahrain.

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