Food, culture and cool rooftop vibes in the trendy Bahrain neighbourhood
Time Out Bahrain Staff
So where are we off to today? Looks like a roundabout to me... Well, there certainly is a roundabout in the area, but Block 338 is much, much more than that. They call it Bahrain’s “dining district” and it’s where you’ll find many of the restaurants nominated in our shortlist
You’re taking me to a foodie haven? Well, why didn’t you say so?! I just did. And, yes, it is a foodie haven, with restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. There’s Japanese, Thai, Irish, European, steaks, seafood, burgers. The lot.
Which is your favourite restaurant, then? Oh, that’s too hard. There are many good ones in the area, including Masso, Time Out Bahrain’s Restaurant of the Year in 2013 and 2014. That’s good for classy European dining, but if you’re looking for something more casual there are plenty of cafés around, too. This includes past award-winner Café Lilou. Oh, and one of the newest and most talked about venues in town right now, The Foundry. Sounds awesome! But I love burgers. Where can I get one? That’s easy – Blaze Burgers. Many people cite this humble spot as their favourite burger joint on the island. We particularly recommend Blaze Signature with a topping of chilli con carne.
Yum. Well, that’s me sorted for food then. Is there anything else to the area other than dining? Sure. Once you’re done eating we suggest you walk it off. The area is a maze of labyrinthine alleyways, with graffiti and street art installations to gander at, courtesy of Al Riwaq Art Space. Also head over to the gallery to check out their latest exhibition.
Art... I like it. And then? As the sun goes down, the nightlife scene in the area comes alive. There are a number of rooftop bars (at The Meat Co and Zoe, for example), and local venues hosting DJ events (like Torino and Meisei).
So technically I could spend all day in the area? That’s exactly what we’re saying. It would be very easy to do. Much more than just a roundabout, eh? Only in Block 338
Al Riwaq Art Space Grassroots art has a home in the area at this not-for-profit art gallery and creative studio space that encourages and nurtures local artists. In the four-storey space, you’ll find regular exhibitions, workshops, a healthy café, shop Dukkan 3, and more. Every year, they also hold the annual outdoor art market The Nest, which takes place next month. www.alriwaqartspace.com.