Where to stay
- Best Western Plus, Block 3, Ajran St, Building 307, Mahboula; +965 23 700 300; www.bestwesternkuwait.com. A four-star hotel equipped with free WiFi, a business center, an in-house restaurant and an indoor pool.
- Holiday Inn, Al Blajat St, Salmiya; +965 1 847 777; www.kuwait-hi.com. A no-frills hotel that provides easy access to major tourist attractions such as Kuwait Towers, Marina Mall and Kuwait National Museum.
- Mirage Suites, Arabian Gulf Street, Al Sha’ab; +965 2266 3131; mirage.com.kw. Bask in opulent spaces at three-star prices at Mirage Suites. Aside from its convenient location in the central business district, this hotel ups the budget-lodging game with posh amenities such as a huge heated pool, 24-hour WiFi connection and smart TV.
- Radisson Blu Kuwait, Al Bida Rd, Al Taawn St; +965 2567 3000; www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-kuwait. A modern, upscale hotel with its own private beach.
Where to eat
- Al-Boom Steak and Seafood Restaurant, Radisson Blu Hotel, Al Bida Rd, Al Taawn St; +965 2567 3430. True to its name, this restaurant – fashioned to resemble a traditional Arabic dhow (sailing vessel) – specializes in charcoal-grilled steaks and seafood.
- Al-Shamam Restaurant, The New St. For shish taouk (traditional marinated chicken shish kebab) with free-flow kuboos (pita bread).
- Fish Market Restaurant, Block 9, Salmiya. This family-friendly, cafeteria-style restaurant offers a variety of fresh seafood, prepared whichever way you like.
- Freej Suwaileh, Salem Al Mubarak St, Salmiya; +965 2573 7030. Try authentic and delicious Arab dishes like kebab, tikka, lamb chops and traditional salads.
- Khyber Chicken Tikka, Fahad As-Salem St, Salmiya. Head here for affordable Arabic cuisine, including briyani, kebabs and of course, chicken tikka.
- Mais Alghanim, Arabian Gulf St, Sharq; +965 2225 1155; www.maisalghanim.com. This authentic Arabic and Lebanese restaurant (ranked #1 in the country) serves up dishes like hummus with kudos, and grilled halloumi. Dine here at night to bask in the light of the Kuwait Towers.
- Mashawi, 29 6 St, Salmiya; +965 2575 3000; mashawi.com. With its bright red façade and yellow signage, Mashawi may look like any other fast-food joint in Kuwait. But this local restaurant actually serves nothing but fresh, healthy eats for the hungry diner. Try their best-seller, the Classic Taouk, for only KWD1.85 per combo set or KWD1.35 for the a la carte option.
What to do
- Failaka Island. Schedule a day trip to this island, which is every history buff’s dream, thanks to its structures that date back to the Dilmun civilisation during the Bronze Age. Its remnants from the Iraqi invasion will also remind you of Kuwait’s fight for freedom.
- Grand Mosque, Mubarak al-Kabir St. Be sure to stop by the largest mosque in the city, which can accommodate up to 12,000 worshippers. It also boasts Kuwait’s tallest minaret, which stands at 74m.
- Kubbar Island. Rent a private yacht and make for this island, located 30km off the southern coast of Kuwait. It boasts white sands and clear, warm waters.
- Kuwait Towers, Arabian Gulf Ave, Sharq; +965 22 444 119; www.kuwaittowers.com. Don’t leave the city without taking a selfie with the iconic Kuwait Towers in the background. You can also enjoy panoramic views of the city from the observation deck, which stands 123m above sea level.
- Souk Al-Mubarakiya, between Mubarak al-Kabir St, Ahmad al-Jaber St and Ali al-Salem St; +965 2246 5489. You’ll find everything from spices to gold at this famous market. It also houses an array of restaurants and cafes, as well as two small museums.
- The Avenues Mall, Al-Rai, 5th Ring Rd; +965 2259 7777; www.the-avenues.com. Shop to your heart’s content at the largest shopping center in Kuwait, which has over 800 stores (including Arabis souks) spread over seven districts.
- 360 Mall, 6th Ring Rd; +965 1800 360. Another ideal destination for shopaholics, with local and foreign retail shops, department stores, and entertainment areas.