Post-midnight hunger cravings? A dozen budget options in Doha
It’s past midnight and you crave an outing? Cruise around, relax or maybe grab a small snack. So where could you go in Qatar, without toting up a huge bill?
Here are 12 quick stops that never fail to disappoint.
- Bandar on the Corniche, right where the boats dock is popular for it coffee and tea. Evenings are busier, and you might struggle a bit with the parking. Bandar gives a scenic view of the skyline overlooking the sea and has a small café with sandwiches and tea.
- Haloul Café is also located along the Corniche serving shisha and food until 2 am. The price ranges from QR10 to QR30. The clientele is predominantly male, who hang out there over a shisha and board game.
- Chapati and Karak is one of the most frequented shops in Katara Cultural Village which serves hot chapati (flaky Indian bread) and karak tea. The maximum price for a party of two would be QR20 and is open from 9 am to 12.30 am on weekdays and 3.30 pm to 2.30 am on weekends. You don’t have to step out of your car, just honk and be served.
- Nothing beats the humble Tea Time – a 24-hour cafeteria, popular for its karak and other Arabic teas like Sulaimani. The place is located all over Doha from Al Saad to Matar Kadeem and serves cheap sandwich wraps as well ranging from QR7 to QR20. Try out their chocolate soufflé, which can give 5-star hotels a run for their money.
- The oh-so-filling Shawarma is surely Qatar’s staple food. Mashawi Al Arabi, located on Al Nassr Street in Al Saad, is open 24 hours, and serves a variety of shawarmas and wahish (Arabic pizza) for prices as cheap as QR7.
- Sadaf café is a shisha joint that also serves fast food, and is again open 24 hours. Located on the Old Airport Road, it is probably one of the most common places to relax late evenings with fast food and shisha. Not really healthy, but fun. Like Halul, the clientele here is primarily male.
- If you’re craving Chinese food, Chowking is just perfect, It’s open until 1 am on weekends. Located on Salwa Road, the restaurant offers everything from wanton soup to chicken siomais (dumplings) and the food prices range between QR8 and QR25.
- Barwa Village located on the road heading to Al Wakrah, is filled with a number of restaurants open till midnight and beyond. From Indian, to Arabic, and fast food or desserts, the offerings cater to all sorts of tastes. Prices range between QR15 and QR35.
- Fancy Indian ‘street’ food? Well, Bombay Chowpatty is a great place to indulge in delicious Indian snacks anytime of the day. The price of the food ranges between QR5 and QR15 and is open 24 hours throughout the week. There are several branches of this snack joint, but the one near Family Food Centre on Old Airport Road is extremely popular.
- If hot, crispy, fresh falafels are your kind of a midnight snack, Just Falafel is the place to go. This place makes their falafel sandwiches in different flavours – Greek, Mexican, Indian or Egyptian. Located on Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street, it’s open till 2:30 AM (Sunday-Wednesday) and until 3.30 AM (Thursday-Saturday). Prices range from QR20 to QR25
- Weekends in Qatar are never complete without Souq Waqif in the picture. Though there are a variety of restaurants in there, Al Mashrabiya in particular serves cheap but delicious Egyptian food at the price of approximately QR40 for a party of two. It’s open 24 hours.
- Doha Rocks, at the Old Airport, has for long been a favourite nightly hangout for Doha old-timers. The restaurant is open 24 hours, and serves a great array of sandwiches, appetisers and juices. The price ranges between QR5 and QR30.