First Time Tourists Guide in Karachi, Pakistan

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Karachi is the capital of Sindh, a province in Pakistan

Karachi is also known as Pakistan's main industrial and financial center

You’ll see many beautiful buildings with stunning architecture here

Some of the interesting places for you are Mazar-e-Quaid, Frere Hall, National Museum of Pakistan, and Mohatta Palace

Make sure to taste the typical food of Karachi such as biryani, pulao, qorma, chapatti, and many more

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SIGHTSEEING

Mohatta Palace is one of the best attractions in Karachi. This palace is a good start for your trip here. The palace is housing a museum with exhibits on maps and cultural artifacts. The surrounding gardens are a bonus if you come here. Get ready to admire the most beautiful architecture in the city. The classic color combined with all the stunning details shouldn't be missed. The interior is just as pretty as the exterior. This is such a good chance to spoil yourself with all things about Pakistan.

Mohatta Palace

Mohatta Palace is one of the best attractions in Karachi

This palace is a good start for your trip here

The palace is housing a museum with exhibits on maps and cultural artifacts

The surrounding gardens are bonus

Get ready to admire the most beautifu

Address : 7 Hatim Alvi Rd, Block 5 Old Clifton, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75600, Pakistan

DOWNTOWN

There is a recreation center for you to visit, it’s called Port Grand. It's a great place to enjoy the evening. The views and the people are great objects for photography. What's more, there are lots of entertainments for all ages. A variety of restaurants with reasonable prices are also here. Blend in with the Pakistani crowd and have fun collecting good pictures.

Port Grand

There is a recreation center for you to visit, it’s called Port Grand

A great place to enjoy the evening

The views and the people are great objects for photography

There are lots of entertainments for all ages

A variety of restaurants with reasonable

Address : Road،، Port Grand Food St, opposite PNSC Building, West Wharf, Karachi, Pakistan

SHOPPING

The Forum Shopping Mall Karachi is the best place if you're looking for Karachi's shopping mall. Known as one of the most crowded malls in the city, this mall welcomes more than 4000 customers per day. Lucky One Mall is another good recommendation for shopaholics out there. This large mall with central atrium offers global brands, dining spots, and playgrounds. The mall is designed with charming color. Located in the center of the city, it has more than 200 retailer outlets. It provides health and wellness avenue, wedding galleria, banking enclave, and food court. It's the perfect place to spend the day after visiting historical places.

The Forum Shopping Mall Karachi

A good-looking shopping mall is called The Forum Shopping Mall Karachi

Known as one of the most crowded malls in the city, this mall welcomes more than 4000 customers per day

You can find your favorite brands like Nike, Hub, Samsonite, Safron, and more

Address : Kheyaban-e-Roomi, Block 9 Clifton, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75600, Pakistan

Lucky One Mall

Lucky One Mall is another good recommendation for shopaholics out there

This large mall with central atrium has global brands, dining options, and play & gaming areas

Address : LA-2/B, Block 21, Opp. UBL Sports Complex، Main Rashid Minhas Rd, Federal B Area Block 21 Gulberg Town

FOOD & DRINK

Meat is an important part of Karachi’s cuisine. Some of their favorite dishes are chapatti, rice, dal, vegetable, and meat curry. Other special ones are biryani, pulao, qorma, and many more. Sugarcane juice is the national drink of Pakistan. Muslims don’t drink alcohol, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see many alcohols in the city.

CULTURE

Karachi is mostly populated by Muslims with 66% Sunni and 34% Shia. It’s a city with small religious minorities. 96.49% Muslim people live here. The official language of Karachi is Urdu.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

May to October is generally considered as the best time to visit Karachi. But the best season to visit Karachi is from November to the end of March.

HOTEL

Pearl Continental Karachi is undoubtedly the best hotel in Karachi. It maintains both traditional and international standard which is shown in their stunning building. This hotel is truly a home away from home. It has excellent service and helpful staff. As a 5-star hotel, Pearl Continental Karachi is famous as the option for several prominent figures from across the globe including Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela, King Hussain of Jordan, and other famous people. Don’t ask about the facilities, they have it all. If you're looking for an affordable hotel, Mövenpick Hotel Karachi can be the option. This hotel is located near the city center, beach, and sightseeing spots. It provides good stuff like large rooms, outdoor pool, good housekeeping, sauna, and fitness center. This hotel is only 17 kilometers from Jinnah International Airport. Also, there are meeting and event facilities for 1,000 guests, 407 rooms and suites plus 5 restaurants.

Pearl Continental Karachi

The best hotel in Karachi with professional staff

Address : Club Rd, Civil Lines, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

Mövenpick Hotel Karachi

Mövenpick Hotel Karachi provide good stuff like large rooms, good housekeeping, sauna, fitness center and outdoor pool

Address : Club Rd, Civil Lines Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75530, Pakistan

RESTAURANT

Cafe Flo is a must-visit restaurant for you. With an amazing set, this restaurant is known as one of the most visited restaurants for its great service and good taste. Some of their favorite cuisines are guacamole, beef lasagna, and spaghetti. The foods are a bit pricey but the taste is promising. Okra - The Restaurant is another good recommendation for your culinary experience. Taste more what Karachi has to offer. It offers you European food with a modern touch. Must-try foods are lobster, fillet with the sauce, and special saffron. Those are just some to mention, so you should come here and explore more! This restaurant doesn't provide reservation. It's better to come early to avoid not getting seats.

Cafe Flo

Wonderful place with pretty high prices but considering the quality and the variety of items

Address : d82, 1 26th Street, Block 4 Clifton, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75500, Pakistan

Okra - The Restaurant

Local's favorite restaurant and reservations are a must

Address : 12- C 10th Commercial Ln, Zamzama Commercial Area Defence V Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75600, Pakistan

CAFE

Experience the sweetest cafe in Karachi, T2F. Read, order food, or simply hold a small event there. All is here. If you want to showcase your work, this cafe is a good place for that. This cafe can be used for showcasing works. The visitors will be the audience. Coffee, tea, sandwiches, and pasta are the kind of things you’d have here. Such a simple looking cafe yet it gives you opportunities of good things. Looking for a coffee shop to make you feel good? Esquires Coffee is the answer. The friendliest barista will let you know what makes their coffee so exceptional. That is 100% certified organ and from a fair-trade source. With its nice setting, your visit become more comfortable and lovely.

T2F

The greatest creative space in Karachi you can meet new people and enjoy music and community talks with a good cup of coffee

Address : 10-C Sunset Lane 5, D.H.A Phase II Extension Phase 2 Ext Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75500, Pakistan

Esquires Coffee

Casual place to enjoy a cup of coffee

Address : Second Floor, Dolmen Mall, Block 4 Clifton, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Bar spots are not much seen in this city. But Karaoke Studio Port Grand is one unique kind of nightlife entertainment. This open-air karaoke place is also a spot for drinking. They have many karaoke tracks with good sound system plus a screen. Good foods are also enjoyable here. And then there is Jack & Charlie, a bar plus restaurant. You can watch a cricket match at their live screen. This is quite a good spot to spend your night. The place is designed very beautifully, modern, and has a very cool vibe. The lighting is also worth mentioning.

Karaoke Studio Port Grand

Open-air karaoke place and also a spot for drinking

Address : Port Grand, Port Grand Food St, West Wharf, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

Jack & Charlie

This is quite a good spot to spend your night, enjoying fine dishes while watch a cricket match at their live screen

Address : D.H.A Phase 6 Shahbaz Commercial Area Phase 6 Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75500, Pakistan

INTERESTING PLACE

If you want to know more about Pakistan, Mazar-e-Quaid is a perfect place for that. Because this place is the final resting place of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This iconic landmark is a good place for peacefulness. Under this tomb, there is also a mesmerizing museum that showcases all memories about Quaid-e-Azam. It can be seen from his furniture, dresses, shoes, crockery, and cars. This would be a good experience for you. Be an iconic person by visiting an iconic place, Frere Hall. This 1860s building was intended to serve as Karachi’s town hall but now is used as a library and exhibition space. The building is surrounded by gardens and lawns, makes it a refreshing place for visitors. What interesting is that not only you’re served with stunning architecture of the building, this place is also a good place for hangout, workout, and jogging. Book stalls are also here, perfect for reading while enjoying the most beautiful atmosphere.

Mazar-e-Quaid

Mazar-e-Quaid, also known as Jinnah Mausoleum or the National Mausoleum, is the final resting place of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan

Address : M.A Jinnah Rd, Central Jacob Lines Ghm، Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

Frere Hall

Be an iconic person by visiting an iconic place, Frere Hall

This 1860s building was intended to serve as Karachi’s town hall but now is used as a library and exhibition space

Address : Fatima Jinnah Rd, Saddar Civil Lines, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

One magical building with all the meaningful things is National Museum of Pakistan. This is a good place to learn the history of Pakistan. With ticket Rs.20 for adults and Rs.10 for kids, this museum is a great spot for your camera. The detail of the building and the styles are enough for your camera to capture quality pictures. Chaukhandi Tombs is another good place for good pictures. As the heritage in the city, this place will bring you back to the past. This Islamic cemetery tells you how rich their architecture used to be. It’s been known internationally and has become one of the most visited attractions by the tourists.

National Museum of Pakistan

One enchanted building with all the meaningful things it in is National Museum of Pakistan

This is good place to know the history of Pakistan

Address : Shahrah-e-Kemal Ataturk, Saddar Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75500, Pakistan

Chaukhandi Tombs

Chaukhandi Tombs is another good place for good pictures

As the heritage in the city, this place will bring you back to past

This Islamic cemetery tells you how rich their architecture used to be

Address : N-5 Near، Landhi Town, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan