With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, us Doha dwellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how to treat our sweetheart. In my opinion, there has never been a better time to date in Doha. New hotels, restaurants and bars are popping up all over the place, bringing with them some interesting and fun concepts, and most importantly, something ‘different’ that the city has never seen before.
Here’s a run-down of my top recommendations of brand new places to go for a romantic date in our desert city, whether you are celebrating with Saint Valentine on February 14th, or are simply looking for new ideas for any night of the week.
C Lounge by Al Dana, Sharq Village and Spa
Following a soft refurbishment, the well-loved fish restaurant Al Dana has widened its offering with the opening of a new al fresco sea-front lounge, complete with wooden decking, comfy seating, and outdoor heaters for those breezier evenings.
With the opening of the lounge comes a brand new Chef de Cuisine, who has introduced a new dining concept to the restaurant, which means you can enjoy creative meze selections and hand crafted cocktails outside on the terrace. What’s more, all of this can be enjoyed to the sound of live music lilting over the sea breeze.
Street Food Doha, Doha Marriott
Head out on an international culinary adventure on a Thursday night, with the new Street Food Doha all-you-can-eat concept at the Marriott hotel in the old airport area.
Featuring numerous live cooking stations serving up interesting dishes and the opportunity to add an unlimited drinks package to the proceedings, this evening is not only fun, but is about as close to the cultural experience of a bustling food market as you are going to get in Doha.
Urban Jazz Kitchen
If the prime marina-front location on the Pearl, the vibrant neon lighting and the soulful jazz that can be heard drifting out of this venue isn’t enough to entice you inside, then maybe the ultra-chic interiors and personal listening pods will.
This cafe is an entirely unique concept in Qatar, and despite the lack of booze served here, it makes for a great evening. Just make sure you eat before you head out, because the food sadly doesn’t live up to what you would expect from a high end venue like this.
Pure, Doubletree by Hilton
This rooftop bar at the pinnacle of the new Doubletree by Hilton in Doha Old Town is the perfect place to chill out with a cocktail while listening to smooth beats and enjoying the view.
For this is the real selling-point of this bar; the panoramic views over the Corniche and the Doha skyline are truly breathtaking, and if you’re anything like me then you will find it difficult to tear yourself away without taking hundreds of photos to remember the night by.
Of course, these are just 4 of many great new venues that have sprung up around town recently. Please do leave a comment below if you think there is anywhere I have missed!
However you end up celebrating with your loved one on Sunday, I hope you have a truly romantic evening.
I was a guest of Sharq Village & Spa, the Doha Marriott, UDC and the Doubletree by Hilton for the launch of these venues, but as always all views are my own.