12 Best Shopping Experiences in Doha

Where to Go Shopping in Qatar

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    Doha is a dream destination for those who love to shop thanks to its mix of sleek shopping centres, traditional markets and diverse range of entertainment choices. Some of the best shopping experiences in Doha are often unexpected gems you find as you wander the warrenlike souqs like the Bedouin nomads of centuries past.  

    Check out our guide on where to shop and what to buy in Doha. Shops stuffed in gold jewellery from floor to ceiling, fierce falcons for sale, a snow-coated indoor play park… these are just a few of the eye-catching discoveries to stumble upon while shopping in Qatar's capital. 

    1

    Souq Waqif

    An old Bedouin maze of a market

    A stop at the Souq Waqif is a must when visiting Doha, with its labyrinth of market stalls brimming with textiles, jewellery, spices and local handicrafts. One of Qatar’s oldest markets, Souq Waqif was once a busy trading centre for the Bedouin who came here to trade camels and essential goods for their nomadic way of life.

    It’s best to go to  Souq Waqif early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the daytime heat. Make time to stop for a refreshing tea break before going for another round of discovery.

    الموقع: Al Souq Street, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Saturday–Thursday from 7:30am to 12:30pm and 3:30pm to 10pm, Friday from 12.30pm to 10pm

    رقم الهاتف: +974 5551 9254

    الخريطة
    • التسوّق
    • الطابع التاريخي
    • الصور
    • المأكولات
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    Gold Souq

    Practice your bartering skills at this gold market

    The Gold Souq is a great place to explore for those who want to pick up some bling. Finely crafted gold jewellery and precious gems are the main draws in the market, but there are also affordable accessories to buy, including jewellery in white gold, silver and platinum.  

    If visiting before a local holiday, you might find the souq to be busier than usual, as it’s a tradition for men to buy 22-carat gold bangles for the women in their family as a holiday gift.

    الموقع: Al Ahmed Street, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Saturday–Thursday 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 10pm, Friday from 4pm to 10pm

    رقم الهاتف: +974 4437 0258

    الخريطة
    • الأزواج
    • التسوّق
    • الفخامة
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    Doha Festival City

    Chill out in the snow

    Doha Festival City is a large mall with hundreds of retail outlets, but its entertainment options are what really make it a must-see place. Families are sure to flock to the Angry Birds park with bumper cars, trampoline park, a go-kart track, ziplines, and heart-racing rides like the Angry Coaster and Raft Battle to enjoy.

    Escape the desert heat on the indoor snow slide and snow-covered hills of Snow Dune. Entry fees include cold-weather gear rental. And if all that shopping and snow scrambling stirs up an appetite, Doha Festival City has over 100 restaurants to choose from.

    الموقع: Al Shamal Road, Umm Salal Muhammed, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Sunday–Wednesday from 10am to 10pm, Thursday–Saturday from 10am to midnight

    رقم الهاتف: +974 4035 4444

    الخريطة
    • الأزواج
    • العائلات
    • التسوّق
    • الفخامة
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    Wholesale Market

    Shop for super-fresh fish, fruits and veggies

    The Wholesale Market is fun to look around even if you're not planning to buy fresh produce in Doha. The busy souq is a haven for cooks in search of bargain-priced fish, meats and produce, which they can buy in bulk and have them wheelbarrowed out to their waiting vehicles.

    Vegetarians might want to avoid the animal section, where there’s freshly butchered meat on display alongside pens of live goats, sheep and cows for sale. Find more local shopping action at Omani Souq, just a 5-minute walk of the Wholesale Market. 

    أوقات العمل: Wholesale Market Street, Doha, Qatar (between Haloul Street and Salwa Road)

    رقم الهاتف: +974 5580 1057

    الخريطة
    • التسوّق
    • الصور
    • المأكولات
    • الميزانية

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    Souq Al Dira

    Textiles and tailor shops

    The colourful Souq Al Deira offers high-quality fabrics, including lace, cashmere pashminas, and silk. Take some time to look around this large market. Prices aren’t fixed and haggling is expected here, so don’t jump in to buy something in haste. 

    The souq is known for having skilled tailors who can turn your fabric selections into a perfectly fitted dress, jacket or outfit. It’s a popular place for locals to get custom-made Abaya dresses and traditional Arabic clothing.

    الموقع: Al Ahmed Street, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Saturday–Thursday from 8:30am to 10pm (closed on Fridays and Sundays)

    رقم الهاتف: +974 4441 3436

    الخريطة
    • التسوّق

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    Corniche Fish Market

    See fishermen hauling up their catch of the day

    Come to the Corniche Fish Market to see the source of delicious seafood dishes you might’ve been enjoying in Doha. Occupying the scenic Corniche promenade, the market is especially busy in the early morning when fishermen bring in their day’s catch.

    Wander down the jetty to see rows of seafood on display on tent-covered metal tables, including safi (white-spotted rabbitfish), sea urchins and hamour (orange-spotted grouper). Enjoy the sea breeze while watching local fishermen busily repairing their nets and preparing their boats for the next day’s outing. It’s an all-sensory seaside delight at Corniche Fish Market.

    الموقع: Corniche, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Daily from 6am to 12pm and 6pm to midnight

    الخريطة
    • التسوّق
    • الصور
    • المأكولات
    • الميزانية

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    City Center Doha

    Shopaholic haven spread over 5 floors

    City Center Doha is a handy shopping spot connected to 3 major hotels in Doha, including the Shangri-La Doha. Located in the busy West Bay business district, it has dozens of shops and restaurants to keep most people busy for hours on end. Ice skating, bowling, a kids’ play area and cinemas are also available at City Center Doha.

    As one of Doha’s older malls, it may lack the cutting-edge style of some other shopping centres in the city, but it still draws a good crowd of eager shoppers. 

    الموقع: West Bay Area, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Sunday–Wednesday from 10am to 10pm, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to midnight, Friday from 10am to 11am and 1pm to midnight

    رقم الهاتف: +974 4493 3355

    الخريطة
    • التسوّق

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    MIA Park Bazaar

    Held weekends from September through April

    MIA Park Bazaar occupies the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Art every weekend. It offers a more updated version of the traditional souq with the arts, crafts and culinary creations of local and international artisans on display. There’s also a good variety of clothing, books and souvenirs to buy.

    The MIA Park Bazaar is held during the winter months (September through April) when as many as 150 market stalls are buzzing with activity. Make a day of it by combining your bazaar browsing with a peek into the art museum, which has an impressive collection of art and artefacts from the Muslim world.

    الموقع: South of Doha Corniche, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Friday from 2pm to 10pm, Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, Sunday from 12pm to 6pm

    رقم الهاتف: +974 4422 4444

    الخريطة
    • التسوّق
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    Omani Souq

    A low-key local market in Doha

    Omani Souq is a small market in Doha, but it’s worth a visit just to soak up its colourful tableau of spices, clay pots, perfumes, and baskets.  Unlike some of Doha’s tourist-orientated markets, Omani Souq is mostly visited by locals in need of a household item or some fresh fruits and vegetables.

    From the jumble of stalls, look for tasty Saudi dates and local honey, while those in need of refreshment could stop for a cup of Karak – a traditional Qatari tea.

    الموقع: Salwa Road, Al Maamoura, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Daily from 7am to 10pm

    رقم الهاتف: +974 6672 0259

    الخريطة
    • التسوّق
    • المأكولات
    • الميزانية
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    Lafayette Galleries Doha

    A Parisian-inspired department store in Katara Cultural Village

    Lafayette Galleries covers around 15,000 square metres of retail space in Doha’s Katara Cultural Village. Also called Galeries Lafayette, the department store brings Parisian-style shopping to local and international shoppers, with 400 international brands and plenty of dining options. You can find the likes of Chanel, Berluti, Karl Lagerfeld, and Marc Jacobs at this Doha department store. 

    If you’re feeling peckish after all that shopping, head over to Musk for afternoon tea at its shaded terrace or enjoy Café Pouchkine’s extensive menu of Russian and French dishes. Lafayette Galleries in Katara Cultural Village is located between West Bay and The Pearl Qatar in Doha.

    الموقع: 21 High Street, Katara PB No 75, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Thursday from 10am to midnight, Friday from 1.30pm to midnight, Saturday–Wednesday from 10am to 10pm

    رقم الهاتف: +974 4447 3404

    الخريطة
    • التسوّق
    • الفخامة
    11

    Alhazm Mall

    A renaissance-style shopping mall in Doha

    Alhazm Mall is a shopping centre with around 125 shops, most of which carry high-end designer brands. The renaissance-style complex has Tuscan marble flooring, archways, open-air piazzas and walkways lined with olive trees. Outside the mall, you can also see a glass pyramid that resembles the Louvre Museum in Paris.

    Magnolia Bakery, Café Pierre Herme, and Guylian Café are some of the many trendy dining venues in Alhazm Mall. After a day of shopping, you can unwind at the Alhazm Cultural Center (Alhazm Library). It has an extensive collection of rare books and magazines in English and Arabic.

    الموقع: Al Markhiya St, Doha, Qatar

    أوقات العمل: Daily from 9am to midnight

    رقم الهاتف: +974 4411 1444

    الخريطة
    • التسوّق

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