Doha – A Shoppers Paradise

Qatar is well known as an outstanding leisure & travel destination, with a blend of heritage, art, and culture significant to its beauty. However, what’s exciting is that Qatar offers an unparalleled shopping experience, with everything from known luxury brands to upscale boutiques, family-friendly shopping malls, and traditional souqs. Shopping in this majestic country is an art.

Here is a list of must-explore shopping options in Doha, Qatar

Traditional shopping in the Souqs

The Qatari souqs offer tourists a world of cultural immersion to explore Qatar in its old-world charm, alongside their shopping. Be it a traditional scent from one of the many oudh and perfume shops to an outfit crafted from the most delicate fabrics, there is plenty of beautiful merchandise on the streets and souqs of Qatar, a true local delight. The best jewellery, fragrances, and clothing are sold along marbled promenades, while traditional souqs are home to a wide variety of textiles, handicrafts, musical instruments, and perfumes that are customised for the wearer. Overall, for a cultural trip, Souq Waqif, The Gold Souq, and Souq Al Wakrah are ideal destinations.

At Souq Waqif, the mud-daubed buildings take visitors back in time, and its winding alleyways bustle with life, offering a perfect visual of busy street life. The shops lining the cobbled pathways of Souq Waqif contain a wonderful assortment of goods, ranging from antiques, handicrafts, and artifacts from around the region. Oudh, musk, and traditional perfume oils can also be found.

The Gold Souq offers jewellery of all sorts, from traditional designs and simple everyday pieces to intricate multi-tier masterpieces; the Gold Souq has visitors covered no matter the budget.

 Just next to Souq Waqif is the Souq Al Deira, a traditional fabric and textile market that houses the purest silks, high-grade embroidery, and authentic cashmere pashminas. Souq Al-Deira is a joy amongst luxury fabric and fashion lovers.

Luxury Shopping

Qatar has an abundance of luxury shopping venues. Some of the world’s best brands, experiences, and services are located across the city; travellers can choose from their favourites and stroll through Doha’s top retail districts.

Galeries Lafayette Mall

Many locals place this destination as their top spot for all things fashion, beauty, and luxury. Galeries Lafayette Doha on 21 High St. anchoring Katara Cultural Village, offers a variety of retail experiences for guests, and its majestic domed buildings are nothing short of works of art. 400 top-tier brands are represented in the spectacular 14,500 sqm open shopping area, providing the greatest possible shopping experience.

Al Hazm Mall

Al Hazm Mall, a popular destination for many locals, especially during the chilly winter months, offers a taste of Italy. Guests can choose from a variety of upscale shops that are unique to this paradise of Italianate-style shopping. Enjoy personal shopping, and a variety of other facilities, such as valet parking, a kids’ section, and limousine services strolling through the mall’s expansive, marbled arcades.

Place Vendôme Mall

Place Vendôme is an extravagant 1,150,000 sqm mall inspired by classic French architecture. There are 580 high-end and mid-range retailers in the four-story, open-concept mall, including every major global fashion brand. One can enjoy a wide variety of gastronomic delights in the cafes, restaurants, and food courts that line the grand mall’s nooks and turns.

Printemps Doha

Middle East’s largest luxury store brings its distinct Parisian savoir-faire to Qatar for the first time. An unrivalled luxury fashion, beauty, and lifestyle department store of 4000 sqft. offers the broadest designer portfolio, which is expertly curated by a team of professionals. This is a new-generation department store combining an immersive physical experience and new technologies in the service of an ultra-personalized customer relationship. A one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination, Printemps Doha is a shopper’s delight.

Family-friendly shopping

Visitors can take a pick of the many malls and locations across Qatar that offer great experiences for kids and adults alike. Shopping with the family is easy and enjoyable in Qatar with the many varieties and leisure options available.

Mall of Qatar

There is a reason why visitors and travellers mark the Mall of Qatar as a much-loved preference; this stunning mall offers 500,000 sqm of unmatched shopping, year-round promotions, first-rate recreational activities, and outstanding leisure options. There are over 520 shops and services at the location, ranging from high-end to high-street favourites, so guests are spoiled for choice. It makes for a fantastic day out for the whole family due to the countless entertainment options, which include a Family Entertainment Complex “Xtremeland” Cinema and year-round shows and activities.

Villagio Mall

This Venetian-inspired mall has something for everyone – from fashionistas to children, to foodies. An indoor canal complete with gondolas takes shoppers along one wing of the mall, depositing them right by Via Domo – a high-end high street with every luxury lover’s favourite brand names. A shopping and entertainment centre, Villaggio Mall sits within Aspire Zone and contrasts the sporty offerings therein with opulence. From budget to luxury, there are options aplenty. From clothing to jewellery, quick bites to leisurely meals, movies, or theme parks, Villaggio is an enjoyable one-stop family-friendly destination. There’s also an indoor park, which is inside a mall, and has a go-kart track, a rollercoaster, a roller glider, a bowling alley, and laser tag.  The Villagio Mall also contains the only ice rink in Doha that is Olympic-sized and is approved by the Ice-Skating Institute Asia.

Doha Festival City

Doha Festival City is a one-stop family destination. With over 400 brands, ranging from high-street international favourites to exclusive luxury boutiques, children’s shops, and a plethora of entertainment options, the mall is spread over 650,000 sq km, and equipped with first-rate amenities and efficient services, making it a shopper’s paradise. The options are endless at DFC, whether guests are eyeing exclusive gifts, luxury fashion, or children’s entertainment shops. The many kids’ entertainment options and indoor theme parks are bound to thrill and excite, as well as occupy kids, while the family does the shopping.

Qatar is blessed to have year-round pleasant weather for all kinds of activities, indoor and outdoor, and makes for a complete retail and entertainment destination. Shopping in Doha provides fantastic diversity and a plethora of options.


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