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Visiting Manama – A City Guide
From ancient forts to luxury shopping malls, Manama has plenty to offer. The city attracts weekenders and families with its rich culture, markets and restaurants. Set in the heart of the Persian Gulf, Manama’s beaches and waterfront parks are the ideal escape from the bustling city.

Manama: city layout and top attractions
Manama’s a compact city, with most places a short drive away. The Central Business District and Diplomatic Area run along the city’s northern coastline, encompassing shops, luxury hotels and a dramatic skyline. Heading south leads to Juffair and Adliya, with their restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Across the bay is Muharraq, Bahrain’s old capital, where handsome traditional houses line narrow, dusty roads.

The first stop for many is Bahrain Fort (Qal’at al-Bahrain), a beautifully preserved, UNESCO-listed site that was the capital of the ancient Dilmun civilisation. The nearby site museum documents the fort’s past. History buffs can dig deeper at Bahrain National Museum. For retail therapy, Manama Souq, behind Bab al Bahrain in downtown Manama, is a maze of alleyways with perfumes and textiles on offer. The Bahrain International Circuit, home to the Bahrain Grand Prix, is southwest of Manama.

The concierge recommends…

  • Discovering the Pearling Trail, a series of UNESCO-listed houses and shops around Muharraq linked to Manama’s pearling heyday.
  • A performance at Bahrain National Theatre, a strikingly modern waterfront building.
  • An evening stroll in Prince Khalifa bin Salman Park, where a playground keeps kids occupied and an observation tower offers panoramic views.
  • A trip to the Bahrain International Circuit, where karting, biking and other high-octane activities are on offer.
  • Al Fateh Mosque, for its marble floors, chandeliered hall and ornamental calligraphy.

Eating Out in Manama
Manama is replete with options to suit all budgets and appetites. A leisurely brunch at a waterfront café, where you can see and be seen, is a favourite weekend activity.

Upmarket Seef is a hub of fashionable cuisine. Restaurants such as Asha’s and Bushido provide fine dining experiences, while Café Lilou serves up fresh European-inspired food. Adliya and Juffair are packed with more casual options, including Middle Eastern cuisine and shisha waterpipes at the popular Verandah Café. Amwaj Lagoon, with affordable, family-friendly options, is a favourite with locals looking to escape the city.

The chef recommends...

  • Kabsa: Rice, meat and vegetables seasoned with spices and garnished with nuts and dried fruit. This hearty dish is usually served on a large platter for communal tucking in.
  • Koshari: A dish of Egyptian origin made with rice, pasta and chickpeas. Topped with crispy fried onions and a sharp, garlicky tomato sauce, it’s delicious.
  • Shawarma: Grilled meat, usually lamb or chicken, that’s spit-roasted, sliced thinly and served wrapped in a flatbread with shredded vegetables, pickles and condiments.

Shopping in Manama
Even unenthusiastic shoppers will relish Manama’s souqs, traditional markets full of vibrant colours and spicy fragrances. Friendly bargaining is expected. If you prefer air-conditioned comfort, Manama’s got lots of malls, too.

Rows of friendly traders offer clothes, household items, perfumes and jewellery at Manama Souq. Browsing among the pearl shops at Souq al-Qaisariya makes for an essential Manama shopping experience.

You’ll feel like a local as you venture into Manama Central Market, where fruit, veggies and fish are at their freshest. To watch local artisans at work, and pick up a souvenir or two, head to the nearby Craft Centre.

On the other end of the shopping experience, Moda Mall has luxury brands aplenty, while Seef Mall and City Centre Bahrain cater to more moderate budgets.

Best things to buy in Manama

  • Pearls: Bahrain is so fiercely proud of its natural pearls that the sale of cultured pearls is banned by law. Pearl jewellery prices are largely fixed, although small discounts may be negotiated.
  • Gold: If you find the elaborate designs favoured by locals somewhat over the top, why not design your own? Name pendants are a popular souvenir.

Culture & Nightlife in Manama
Manama has a lively cultural scene, with festivals and exhibitions taking place throughout the year at Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain National Theatre and other venues across town.

The annual Spring of Culture festival, from February through April, features a smorgasbord of traditional and contemporary dance, music, art and theatre. In summer, the Bahrain Summer Festival celebrates home-grown talent and folk culture.

The Diplomatic Area is home to Bait al Quran (House of Quran), a vast complex dedicated to Islamic studies. Inside, you’ll find Quranic manuscripts dating to the earliest days of Islam, as well as rice and grains engraved with verses. Across the bay on Muharraq, Arad Fort regularly hosts cultural events in its open-air courtyard.

Boasting clusters of clubs, bars and pubs, Juffair is where Manama’s nightlife is. American Alley is a popular place to start. Adliya has a bohemian feel and live music venues.

Contemporary art galleries in Manama

Leisure in Manama
Manama is packed with parks and waterfront promenades. Early morning and late afternoon are popular times to go for a walk. As the mercury hits its midday peak, many seek refuge in shopping malls.

King Faisal Corniche offers relaxing sunset strolls, while Al Fateh Corniche has a small Dolphinarium offering a chance to swim with the dolphins if you book in advance. Further west, Budaiya Botanical Park is an oasis of lush trees and date palms.

Kids and adults love cooling down at Wahooo! Waterpark in City Centre Bahrain. Magic Planet, an indoor amusement park, is ideal for burning off excess energy.

Day trips from Manama

Latest Manama Hotel Reviews


Great value for money
By Lalo
Nice for a quick getaway , great location, friendly service, nice rooms, good views [Less]
Cosy Room
By andy0108
Nice Stay! Good Sleep1! Friendly Staff!!! Had a Good time! [Less]
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By None
Best hotel in Bahrain that I have stayed in. Happy we are back with you! [Less]
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By D.C. As director
Great hotel with helpful staff and convenient location. Clean and functional room [Less]
Nice Hotel
By Saud
If you want to achieve your purpose of your visit, just consider this hotel without hesitation. [Less]
Good quick stopover
By TacticCounsel
A kind and clean environment although a little confusing at times. The staff were attentive and helpful when required. The hotel could have done with a cash machine and a hotel shop. More [More] local taxis could have been available. The hotel transfer service drivers were very kind and interesting. Breakfast staff very attentive. [Less]

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