Things To Do in Doha: Travel Back in Time in Souq Waqif Doha

Souq Waqif Doha

I have been in Doha for almost three weeks now and I have not had the opportunity yet of exploring this new city which I will consider home for God knows how long. That was until last Saturday when a good friend of mine met me up for lunch and brought me to the ever so famous Souq Waqif Doha.

Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif Doha

Souq Waqif which literally translates to “standing market” is a popular shopping, entertainment and dining destination in Doha. Art galleries have also started to sprout from the many alleyways of this place which I am yet to explore. The old style architecture gives you a feel of what it’s like to be in a traditional Qatari fishing village, it will definitely bring you back to that time when fishing was one of the main sources of their livelihood.

Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif in Doha
It was a rather gloomy day in the city, quite a rare occurrence in this predominantly sunny place but the smell, the feel and the colors that you can find in Souq Waqif will definitely brighten up your day.

Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif in Doha

One huge alley was centered into dining, where restaurants and coffee shops are lined up. The pathwalk was occupied by the restaurants’ outdoor chair and lounges. It was a Saturday when we went so most of these restaurants were packed with tourists and residents alike.

Souq Waqif Doha

Souq Waqif Doha

Souq Waqif Doha

Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif in Doha

I heard it was nicer in the evening when lights are lit, I made a mental note to go back and have a meal at one of the outdoor second level restaurants so I could get a better view of this rather amazing place. This is definitely one place in Doha one should never ever miss.

This post is part of the #QatarLinkUp hosted by Polly of Follow Your Sunshine this month. 

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  • Ali January 8, 2019 at 19:16

    The best thing in Doha is actually this Souq Waqif market, you can get almost every thing from this market. This is a huge one!
    Thanks Noemi for the information

  • Janna April 22, 2016 at 10:46

    Doha looks like a very interesting place to visit. I love the photos! It kinda reminds me of Morocco for some reason. 🙂

    • Pinay Flying High April 24, 2016 at 18:20

      I think you’re right, there would be a similarity of Morocco in Souq Waqif Doha. 🙂

  • Bailey K. April 22, 2016 at 06:25

    I love this. I had a friend live in Doha for a while, and I SO wish I had been able to visit while she was there. I’ll just have to go some other time! 🙂

  • Hung Thai April 22, 2016 at 06:16

    Beautiful pictures Noemi! It seems like you finally did a “staycation” and explored the city itself. I love how the sand color of all the places; it’s really soothing to me.
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    • Pinay Flying High April 24, 2016 at 18:22

      I have yet to explore a lot of other places here in Doha but then I think I will have to keep it for the winter season now because it’s getting too hot these days. 🙁

  • Christina April 21, 2016 at 23:20

    I have not yet visited any souqs in my travels. The markets look really lively and I really enjoyed your photos. You must have enjoyed photographing the buildings!

    • Pinay Flying High April 24, 2016 at 18:23

      I love photographing old markets, old buildings and old things. I think I was born in the wrong era. :p

  • Paige Brown April 21, 2016 at 16:47

    This post is just so beautiful! I feel like you captured some genuine moments in Doha. I loved flipping through these photos. I think going back to a second floor restaurant looks like the perfect idea – and the perfect tip! Cheers!

    • Pinay Flying High April 24, 2016 at 18:24

      Thank you for dropping by Paige, I have yet to go back to a second floor restaurant in Souq Waqif. 🙁

  • Jo April 21, 2016 at 16:20

    Looks really nice. I noticed this is one of your older posts – did you manage to go back in the evenings quite a few times already? I love the picture with the pigeons and the black and white one of 2 sheikhs smoking sheeshas. I love sheesha btw, did you try some during your time in Doha?
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    • Pinay Flying High April 24, 2016 at 18:25

      Still not! Can you believe it? I’m such a bad tourist here in Doha. 🙁

  • Sally from Passport & Plates April 21, 2016 at 09:48

    Super cool shots. Your photos are really stunning. I love souqs, especially old ones, and will definitely have to visit this one! My extended family lives in Doha so I’m sure I’ll visit sometime soon.
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    • Pinay Flying High April 21, 2016 at 14:00

      That’s awesome! I also love old souqs, there’s something about it which I find really mesmerizing. :p

  • Chantell Collins April 21, 2016 at 01:52

    I really know nothing about Doha so it was great to see your photos and hear your story. It really does look a lot like the UAE. Thanks for sharing!

    • Pinay Flying High April 21, 2016 at 14:01

      Glad I was able to give you a glimpse of this city. 🙂

  • Lauren of Postgrad & Postcards April 20, 2016 at 23:30

    Enjoyed seeing all the photos and getting some insight into Doha. I almost left the airport during my layover but I got a little shy even though I heard the country was friendly to solo females. Regretted it ever since!

    • Pinay Flying High April 21, 2016 at 14:02

      Ohhh you should definitely explore it next time. It’s a very small city, good for layovers. :p

  • Shayan Naveed April 20, 2016 at 19:12

    That was lovely light read. I love the use of photos to take us on the journey with you. They really do speak a 1000 words each.
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    • Pinay Flying High April 21, 2016 at 14:03

      Thanks Shayan! Glad was able to tour you around Doha for a bit. :p

  • Khansa March 22, 2016 at 11:31

    Love the pictures of the souq! It’s a beautiful place to show around when anyone visits Doha!
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  • Geraldo Tan March 19, 2016 at 06:40

    And not to mention the many wonderful places we can stuff our faces at the Souq! Love this.

    • Pinay Flying High March 22, 2016 at 13:07

      I haven’t fully explored the Souq yet to discover all the foodie places there. You should definitely create a must-visit list in Souq Waqif. 🙂

  • Tiffany March 16, 2016 at 10:26

    The souq is my favorite place in Qatar!

  • Tami March 15, 2016 at 14:30

    Love your photos! Souq Waqif is definitely a great place to be, especially for the architecture and food hehe. Too bad summer is coming and we wont be able to sit outside much soon!

    • Pinay Flying High March 16, 2016 at 08:28

      I know! Summer is coming! No more walking around in the city anymore. 🙁

  • Polly (Follow Your Sunshine) March 15, 2016 at 09:43

    This is such a gorgeous post – I am in love with that photo with the birds flying up in the air. Great shot! You’ve made me realise that it’s been a really long time since I visited the Souq. Need to get back there soon!

    Polly xx

    • Pinay Flying High March 16, 2016 at 08:30

      I got lucky with that flying birds photo. :p

  • Anonymous September 16, 2015 at 12:34

    You know I love your blog!!!

  • Jiro Alindog February 3, 2015 at 00:30

    Nice blog Pinay Fying High! 🙂

  • ewok1993 January 30, 2015 at 03:24

    I’d love to get lost in the many alleys here. How beautiful. It reminds me of Mykonos.

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    • Pinay Flying High January 30, 2015 at 07:44

      It is beautiful. There was a part in the Souq which reminded me of Liston in Corfu. :p I haven’t been to Mykonos so I couldn’t tell. 🙂

  • charmchin January 29, 2015 at 07:43

    Such nice photos you got 😀

    • Pinay Flying High January 29, 2015 at 08:55

      Thank you Charmchin. 🙂
      Great to have you on the blog.

  • Lynda January 27, 2015 at 18:30

    Nice photos! I really liked Souq Waqif too. The Museum of Islamic Arts is amazing too!

    • Pinay Flying High January 28, 2015 at 09:34

      I haven’t been to Museum of Islamic Arts yet but I have heard great reviews about it. Let me know if you’re headed towards this side of the sandpit, we could finally meet! 🙂

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  • Vicki January 27, 2015 at 07:47

    PFH, I lack photography skills. Love these images because you’ve captured the way I view the Souq Waqif and would want my family friends far away to see it. Take care

    • Pinay Flying High January 27, 2015 at 08:13

      Thank you Vicki! I fell in love with Souq Waqif too and it’s such a photogenic place that anyone can capture its beauty. I don’t really see myself with “photography skills” hehehe.

  • Tasneem Rajkotwala January 27, 2015 at 07:02

    Such lovely pictures here and souqs are definitely one of my favorite spots in the Middle East – they hold so much of conventional value and have stories to tell. Passing this to my sister who reside in Doha as she may find it useful 🙂

    • Pinay Flying High January 27, 2015 at 07:16

      Thank you Tasneem! 🙂 I love souqs too! I find it too charming. 🙂

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