Bahrain is rich in tradition. And the good thing is the government, and the people, are extremely pro-active in maintaining that tradition.
While conventional methods of shopping in the open markets and the suq may have taken a back seat, what is thriving are the traditional street cafes in all parts of the country, particularly in the capital, Manama and the ancient epicenter of Bahrain – Muharraq.
One such place is the Haji’s Cafe, tucked away in one of the old city’s lanes. When I went there at breakfast time on a working day, the place was crowded with office-goers, tourists and shop workers. Though there was still a lot of room to spare, the entire lane the cafe occupies presented a rather festive look.
While what they serve is something we can easily make at home, what sets such places apart is the rich culture and tradition, the ambience, the conventional furniture, the servers and the feel.
Truly one of the best places I have been to for a slice of Bahraini life.
To top it all, two people can have a meal to their heart’s content for less than $10.
Now, that’s value for money – with all the freebies thrown in!!