Saffron by Jena – Muharraq

Saffron by Jena is a hidden gem close to Muharraq souk that I would never have found without being taken there by a friend. It doesn’t look like much from the street, but I was pleasantly surprised by the contemporary edge of the decor and the partial glass floor revealing a traditional date press below. It […]

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Madeleine РFrench-influenced cuisine

I’ve been admiring Madeleine (a French-influenced patisserie/boulangerie/restaurant in Adliya) from a distance for a while and today I decided to step inside. I was directed upstairs for lunch and chose a seat by the window – perfect for watching people wander the streets of Adliya below. If you want to go for coffee and cake, […]

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Hopscotch Rustic Kitchen

I’m sitting in Hopscotch Rustic Kitchen as I write this – I think I’ve just found my favourite place in Bahrain to come and work/read/write/chill when craving a change of scene. I didn’t come here to write about it, but as soon as I walked in, I felt that I just had to! I love […]

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Spas and salons – Fancy a mani-pedi?

Before moving to Bahrain, I was an under-paid, over-worked primary school teacher without the money, time or inclination to regularly treat myself to beauty treatments. A lovely perk to expat life in Bahrain is that – with a little more money and a lot more time – I’ve found myself regularly popping in for a […]

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Roots – for quality coffee

If you’re passing through Hamala and craving a coffee, I recommend popping into Roots – a grab-and-go cafe run by husband and wife team Hussain and Dana. I enjoyed chatting to Hussain about the sourcing and roasting of their coffee – at the time of my visit they were using beans from Colombia and a […]

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Plant Cafe – Hamala Hills vegan treats

After my visit to Mama Eat and Glow earlier this week, I felt inspired to continue researching (and sampling) the healthy eating/vegetarian/vegan movement that seems to be gaining momentum here in Bahrain. I was recommended a visit to Plant Cafe by Hussain, owner of Roots – a cafe based a little further up the road – […]

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Mama Eat and Glow – healthy eating

I visited Mama – Eat and Glow at The Lagoon, Amwaj, for the first time today and I loved it. Before I say more, it’s worth reading up on the story behind it too – the business was started by a Kuwaiti mum who now lives in Bahrain with her small family. She started sharing her own […]

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