I’ve spent the last two weeks in Bahrain, wandering around and exploring new places. Many of the get together and activities that you organize with people over there revolve around eating. The options in Bahrain are unlimited, but when it comes to eating it’s rare to find a place where both the space and the food is good. I therefore decided to make a list of a few of my favourite places, all very different from one another. Each one of them is given a title that represents the place with a short description.
1. The traditional
It’s called Saffron and it is located in the traditional old soul in Muharraq, in a corner away from the crowd. The space is built like the old houses in Bahrain and has both seating inside and out. The waiters are dressed in traditional Bahraini clothes and the vibe is so relaxing and peaceful. I recommend trying their breakfast together with saffron milk. Delicious!
2. The Artsy
Situated in the heart of Adliyah, this small space reminded me of the cafés and galleries in Europe or New York. Al Riwaq café/Art Space is an original place and one of a kind in Bahrain. It is a non profit institution that promotes local contemporary art and design. Because of it's very nice decor and calm vibe, It is a great place to enjoy reading a book or working. You can also go their with friends over a nice meal, fresh juices or dessert. The cafe is situated in the same building as the Art Gallery.
3. The outdoor Garden
There are plenty of outdoor restaurants and cafés in Bahrain, but not all of them offer a nice setting and vibe. I’ve tried many different ones, and none of them really caught my attention until I found this one. The Orangery is a Tea Room/patisserie located in Adliyah, right next to the Palace Boutique Hotel. My first impression was very positive; I felt that I wasn’t really in Bahrain, but in a heavenly garden somewhere. The place is isolated from everything that has to do with traffic, noise, crowd and you feel that it is a small oasis in the middle of the city. If you go there, you must try their labneh with red fruits and honey, it is absolutely delicious! Been dreaming about it ever since.
4. Moulin Rouge inspired
Inspired by the French Moulin Rouge, Café Lilou has two locations in Bahrain; one in Adliyah and one next to Aali Mall. The interior is designed as a typical Parisian Brasserie taking us back to "la belle époque". The menu is very nice and offers a wide range of selection, a choice for every taste. Ever since it opened in Bahrain this place has been really crowded, with 45min to 1 hour waiting list. On weekends it is not possible to make table reservations, so I highly recommend to go there a weekday for breakfast if you want to avoid the waiting time.
5. The Fancy Pancy
Located in the heart of Amwaj, Tea Club is what I would call a mini palace with a royal yet tranquil ambiance to it. The food is a bit on the expensive side, so if you want to keep it on the budget then I would recommend to order a cup of their unlimited choice of tea and some nice dessert. The location is beautiful, right by the waterfront in Amwaj.
Hope you enjoyed reading, and will be inspired whiny visit Bahrain :)