Qatar Tourism shares budget-friendly eating options

With FIFA around the corner, the country is expecting many tourists and fans this year

With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 bringing in fans from around the world, Qatar Tourism has revealed some budget-friendly restaurants that might help people save some money while visiting.

Qatar Tourism has suggested places where they can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with local teas and ‘qahwa’ coffee, without having to pay too much.

Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said, “Sometimes, all a traveller wants is a quick, affordable, but delicious meal to get them through the day. In Qatar, visitors can grab shawarma with meat fresh off the grill, or dip warm falafel into tahini for just a few Qatari riyals. With a never-ending portfolio of pocket-friendly bites on every street corner, sometimes the simplest meals are the best. Football fans should get ready to be wowed with our low-cost sweet and savoury sensations.”

Here are budget-friendly places where travellers can eat without having to empty their pockets.

  1. Shay AlShomous: Located in a corner of Souq Waqif, Shay AlShomous is owned and actively run by a renowned Qatari woman called Shams Al Qassabi. It offers authentic Qatari food. The restaurant is known for its breakfast rush.  
  2. Chapati & Karak: It's always tea time at Chapati & Karak. Located in Katara Cultural Village, this establishment serves an assortment of flavoured chapati and innovative teas to quench both sweet and savoury cravings. This is suitable for a quick mid-day snack.
  3. Karak Mqanes: Karak Mqanes serves traditional Qatari cuisine with a hint of local charm. With more than 20 locations serving recipes shared through generations, Karak Mqanes is known for its Qatari breakfast, desserts, and authentic karak. 
  4. Turkey Central Restaurant: Located in the heart of the city, Turkey Central is known by both locals and expats for its mouth-watering menu, generous prices and prompt service. The menu options have plates big enough for two to share. Favourites from the restaurant include mixed mezze, mixed grill, half grilled chicken and the renowned lamb chops. Guests should try to arrive early, as it’s first come first serve and always packed with customers.
  5. Petra: Visitors can drop by any Petra location for a taste of the Middle East. Popular choices include the falafel and chicken sandwiches.
  6. Marmara Istanbul Restaurant: This restaurant is always serving people at all hours of the day and night. The restaurant is open from 9 am to 4 am.
  7. Sabah W Masa: This Lebanese restaurant serves some of the greatest falafel in town. Fresh Lebanese cuisine is available on-the-go and the menu offers dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  8. Ali Al Naama Café: Visitors can dine amongst the hustle and bustle of Souq Waqif at this local eatery. With its traditional seating, the Ali Al Naama Café is known for its quick service and low-priced menu.
  9. Biryani Corner: Visitors in the mood for some south-Asian cuisine can grab a plate of biryani from this local eatery. The selection includes vegetable, egg, chicken and mutton biryani. It’s best for a quick takeaway.
  10. TeaTime: With an extensive menu available 24/7, TeaTime is suitable for people who stay up at night. It has branches all over the city, and visitors can grab a burger, wrap, snacks and its famous karak everywhere they go

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