'''Daewoo Sammi''' [http://www.sammi.com.pk] offers direct services from Karachi to over 40 major cities and 45 destinations nationwide including [[Hyderabad]], [[Multan]], [[Faisalabad]], [[Lahore]] and [[Islamabad]]. They're considered as punctual and safe. You can also call them on their UAN number which is ☎ +92 21 111 007-008 for ticketing enquiries. Their Main Bus Terminal is located at Sohrab Goth, Super Highway. Moreover they also have ticketing and pick and drop points at convenient locations throughout the city where passengers are transported to the main terminal via shuttles.
'''Daewoo Sammi''' [http://www.sammi.com.pk] offers direct services to over 40 major cities and 45 destinations nationwide including [[Hyderabad]], [[Multan]], [[Faisalabad]], [[Lahore]] and [[Islamabad]]. They're considered as punctual and safe. You can also call them on their UAN number which is ☎ +92 21 111 007-008 for ticketing enquiries. Their Main Bus Terminal is located at Sohrab Goth, Super Highway. Moreover they also have ticketing and pick and drop points at convenient locations throughout the city where passengers are transported to the main terminal via shuttles.
*'''Karachi Airport''': Shop No. SF-3, Falak Naz Heights, Opposite Jinnah International Airport, Shahra-e-Faisal. Contact numbers: 021-34684200, 021-34684300
*'''Karachi Airport''': Shop No. SF-3, Falak Naz Heights, Opposite Jinnah International Airport, Shahra-e-Faisal. Contact numbers: 021-34684200, 021-34684300
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Karachi (Urdu: كراچى, Sindhi: कराची/ڪراچي) is the capital of the province of Sindh, and is the largest city and financial capital of Pakistan.
Beginning in 1947 at partition of the British Raj, when hundreds of thousands of Muhajirs from India sought refuge, the population has exploded from about 450,000 to an estimated 18 million today. With more than a million new inhabitants pouring in each year, it's not surprising that the stretch marks are showing in one of the largest and most rapidly growing cities in this world!
Karachi, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, is the financial and commercial centre of the nation, as well as its largest port. Karachi is different from the rest of Pakistan in the same way that New York is different from the rest of the United States. The pace of life is more hurried, and social attitudes are far more liberal than elsewhere in Pakistan. Locals call it: the City of Lights, the City of The Quaid, and the City that Never Sleeps.
The city credits its growth to the mixed populations of economic and political migrants along with refugees from different national, provincial, linguistic and religious origins, who generally come to the city to settle permanently. Residents and those born in the city are called "Karachi-ites" and almost 98% of the population in Karachi understands the Urdu language.
Contains two of Karachi's most affluent neighbourhoods of Clifton and Defence, by the sea. Contains the trendiest shopping malls, boutiques and restaurants.
Above them is old city centre of Saddar which contains the old markets and areas of Karachi including Empress Market, Burns Rd, Tariq Rd, P.E.C.H.S, Garden and Jamshed town.
North and N/W Karachi (FB Area, North Nazimabad, Maymar, Orangi (NW))
Primarily a middle-class area, except for Orangi, which contains Pakistan's largest slum. This area developed immediately after Pakistan's independence, because of a wave of immigration. Part of the migrants were refugees from the partition.
East Karachi ( Gulshan, Johar, Shahrah-e-Faisal Road, Karsaz Road, further East is Landhi and after that Korangi industrial area)
Contains Karachi's other main shopping area of Rashid Minhas Road. And is home to those rich who want to have more peaceful surroundings. Home to Karachi's National Stadium, hospitals and the famous Expo Center. This is also where the city's airport is located. Landhi and adjacent areas are lower middle class areas and Korangi is the east industrial area.
SITE is Karachi's Industrial heartland, I.I. Chundrigar Road is where the most offices are located. Home to Karachi's tallest skyscrapers and historical architecture. Kharadar and Lyari are part of old city. And Kemari is in the South-West by the port.
North-East - Malir district/Cantonment
Malir has been regarded in history as the countryside of Karachi City due to its open atmosphere and lush green farms, but now these are no more.
Located on the coast, Karachi has a a hot summer season and a relatively mild winter season. There is a low level of precipitation (approximately 10 inches per annum), the bulk of which occurs during the July-August monsoon season. Winters are cold and dry although never below freezing, and the summers are hot. The city's proximity to the sea keeps humidity levels at a near-constant high, and cool sea breezes relieve the heat of the summer months. Due to the high temperatures during the summer (ranging from 30-44°C from April to October), the winter months (November to February) are generally considered the best times to visit Karachi. July, December and January have pleasing and cloudy weather when most of the social events, ranging from weddings to charity fundraisers, frequently take place. Tourists and expatriates usually visit Karachi in these months. The highest ever recorded temperature in Karachi is 47.8 °C (118.0 °F) while the lowest is 0 °C (32 °F).
The everyday lifestyle of Karachi differs substantially from that of other cities and towns in Pakistan. Karachi's culture is characterized by the blending of Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and Western influences, as well as the city's status as a major international business center. As a whole, there is considerable diversity in culture, and this diversity has produced a unique cultural amalgam of its own type. Karachi also hosts the largest middle class stratum of the country.
Karachi is home to some of Pakistan's important cultural institutions. The National Academy of Performing Arts, located in the newly renovated Hindu Gymkhana offers a two-year diploma course in performing arts that includes classical music and contemporary theater. The All Pakistan Music Conference, linked to the 45-year old similar institution in Lahore, has been holding its Annual Music Festival since its inception in 2004. The Festival is now a well-established feature of the city life of Karachi that is awaited anxiously and attended by more than 3000 citizens of Karachi as well as people from other cities.
The National Arts Council (Koocha-e-Saqafat) also has musical performances and Mushaira (poetry recitations).
The Kara Film Festival organized annually showcases independent Pakistani and international films and documentaries. Our Karachi Festival celebrates Architecture of Karachi.
Kara International Film Festival  The event features all kinds of films like length, short, and documentary films as well as other events are the part of the festival that invites the showbiz celebrities and media persons globally by getting the flights to Karachi.
The Main Jinnah Terminal i.e. Terminal 3 is divided into two concourses - the Jinnah East Satellite Concourse which is used for international flights and Jinnah West Satellite Concourse for domestic flights, each having a provision of passenger-loading bridges, which extends from airport terminal gate to an airplane, allowing passengers to board and disembark without going outside or transfer via shuttles. The two satellite concourses also supplement the departure lounges of the terminal building and also provide shopping facilities, mobile recharging points, and snack counters.
Facilities in the airport include several restaurants including McDonald's and Butlers Chocolate Cafe. There are also a number of Bank Kiosks, ATMs, Money Exchangers, Wi-Fi, Free Internet kiosk (in Departures) and several duty free shops selling Rugs, Carpets, Sports Goods, Medical Instruments, Onyx, Gems and many more at the most cheapest prices. Left-luggage facilities are also available within the terminal for those wishing to store baggage. Free trolleys and Dedicated Porter Services are available at Rs100 for domestic flight passengers and Rs200 for international flight passengers. Assistance for the disabled is available on request from the airline prior to departure. Wheelchairs and wheelchair assistance can be found from desks in the arrival and departure areas of the terminal.
Airport's CIP Lounge can be used for free by all credit card customers and first/business class passengers on all outbound flights while Barclays and UBL have seperate lounges for their credit card customers. The facilities at Airport's CIP Lounge includes a comfortable sitting area to relax in, access to leading TV Channels, a wide range of snacks and beverages, newspapers, magazines, internet, fax, telephone and mobile charging facilities.
Passport Control is always hectic with long lanes especially at the Pakistan Passport counters, but there are ways to avoid lanes and get a special handling at both arrival and departure lounges with Foreign Exchange Remittance Card (FERC) .
There are also plenty of hotels near Jinnah International Airport including 5 Star Ramada Plaza Hotel and budget Airport Skyrooms Hotel. These are located in less than 1 km (0.6 miles) from the main terminal building and linked via a shuttle bus service. Facilities at these hotels include a gymnasium and pool, as well as meeting and event space. There are no on-site hotels at Karachi Jinnah International Airport.
Short-term car parking is located immediately opposite the terminal building; while long-term parking is a little further from the terminal, but within easy walking distance. Immigration and customs procedures are no longer as tedious and ordeal as they used to be. For lost and found items, contact the Civil Aviation Airline Baggage Lost and Found office within the terminal.
Daewoo Sammi offers direct services to Karachi from over 40 major cities and 45 destinations nationwide including Hyderabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore and Islamabad. They're considered as punctual and safe. You can also call them on their UAN number which is ☎ +92 21 111 007-008 for ticketing enquiries. Their Main Bus Terminal is located at Sohrab Goth, Super Highway. Moreover they also have ticketing and pick and drop points at convenient locations throughout the city where passengers are transported to the main terminal via shuttles.
Karachi Airport: Shop No. SF-3, Falak Naz Heights, Opposite Jinnah International Airport, Shahra-e-Faisal. Contact numbers: 021-34684200, 021-34684300
Karachi Cantt Railway Station: Shop No. 45, Fatima Jinnah Road, near Bombay Hotel, Cantt Railway Station Karachi. Contact numbers: 021-35641043-4
M.A. Jinnah Road: Taj Complex, adjacent to Ali Raza Imam Bargah, Karachi. Contact number: 021-34248982
Super Highway Main Bus Terminal: Sector 3-B Coridor Area, Scheme 33 (Next to PSO), Sohrab Goth, Main Super Highway.
Federal B Area: Shop No. 05, Nighat Square, Naseer Abad Market, Oppsite to Allama Iqbal Open University, Taleemi Bagh Road, Block 7 FB Area, Karachi. Contact Numbers: 021-36333311-2
Gulistan-e-Iqbal: Shop number A83, A84, Rabia Palace Block 10, Gulshen-e-Iqbal, opposite Alla Din Park, Rashid Minhas Road. Contact numbers: 021-34964611-12
Hydri: Nazimabad, Shop 9-A, plot No. SF/1, Yaqoob Market, Block E, North Karachi. Contact numbers: 021-36672827-8
The city is served by two major railway stations namely The Karachi Cantonment Railway Station and Karachi City Station. Other two stations include Landhi Railway Station and Drigh Road Railway Station.
The Thar Express runs weekly between Bhagat Ki Kothi near Jodhpur in India and Karachi. Cargo trains also run between Turkey and Karachi via Iran. Passenger facilities are currently not available in Turkey to Karachi trains.
Karachi Cantonment railway station, earlier known as Frere Street Station, is the principal railway station served by all trains coming to Karachi. Situated near Dr Daud Pota Road, the station building has been declared as ‘Protected Heritage’ by the Government of Sindh. The facilities in the station includes a large parking lot to park vehicles, Current and Advance Reservation Offices for booking seats in trains and ATM machines. Food and drink stalls and book Shops are found on platforms. Some restaurants like Rehmat-e-Shereen and Pizza Hut have their branches at Platform No.1. Pak Business Train is a private train that runs daily non-stop between Lahore and Karachi via Karachi Cantonment Station. Facilities in the train includes family cabins, LCD, Free Wifi, Food and Medical services. Tickets can be reserved online and can be collected via home delivery option where you can pay for the ticket via cash on delivery. Credit cards are not acceptable. The train also has a business lounge, a hotel and a cafe at Lahore Railway Station.
Karachi City Station, formerly McLeod station, is the first and the oldest railway station of Pakistan. It is commonly called "City station" or "City railway station" in Karachi. It is situated near Habib Bank Plaza on I. I. Chundrigar Road. The Station has all basic facilities including a Parking lot, Ticket Reservation counters, Cargo and Parcel services. Specific trains such as Bahauddin Zakaria Express (from Multan), Bolan Mail (from Quetta), Fareed Express (from Lahore), Hazara Express (from Havelian), Khushhal Khan Khattak Express (from Peshawar) and Sukkur Express (from Sukkur) currently serve the Station.
Karachi is a major trading hub for dhows from around the Indian Ocean. Travellers wanting to arrive in the city via boat or ship will probably need to make their own arrangements with the captain of the vessel. Foreign visitors cannnot arrive this way.
A cruise service used to run between Karachi and Dubai but it is now closed.
Once you get the hang of traveling in Karachi, it becomes a very entertaining experience. You meet new people and get to see unexpected things. It's not very hard to find a mode of transportation and if you know what you are doing, it is very easy to get around.
The most common method of traveling in Karachi is by bus and is used by most people. Regular bus services link the airport with the city and the journey time is around 50 minutes. For lack of space, people often sit on roof, or hang from bars, and are jam-packed inside the bus. Outsiders might be put off by the cramped conditions in the buses, and might prefer traveling in taxis. But for very tight budget travelers, bus is the only option. Karachi Bus routes and numbers can be checked here 
A number of taxi companies operate from outside the airport terminal building. The journey time to the city is around 25 minutes depending on traffic, and the fare starts from Rs250.
Black and Yellow taxis are the most economical way of traveling within the city and are located immediately outside the airport terminals. These taxis don't use meter anymore, so you should first fix the charge and the location with the driver before getting in. The official rate per kilometer is around PKR 7 but expect to pay around double. Taxi fares from airport to downtown hotels in Saddar should not be more than Rs 300. Although, you can always call hotel in advance to get better idea about taxi rates.
White Cab,  is most popular and can be called in at the airport or anywhere in the city. Per kilometer rate is PKR 15 plus PKR 50 calling charges. Available on just a call (+92 21) 111-789-786. You can easily find kiosks of White Cab in Level I of Jinnah International Airport, Parking Area of Cantt Railway Station, East Wharf Gate at Karachi Port Trust, G-4, A/B, Court Road and 10-C, Main Khayaban-e-Shamsheer Phase 5, D.H.A. Typical cost for a full day (8 hrs, 150 km) is US$25.
Metro Cab,  can be called at (+92 21) 111-222-787. Usually easily available from the airport, their rates are reasonable, they have a white corolla fleet - Per mm charges: Pak Rs. 20. Min charges: Pak Rs. 300 within 12 km. Metros are taxis operated by several different private sector companies. Foreigners are often overcharged.
Sky Cab,  is another popular cab service with limousine fleets. They can be called (+92 21) 111-759-426.
Pak Radio Cabs, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 732-732
Pearl Cabs, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 725-786
Redtop Cabs, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 733-867 - they have liana fleets
A number of private-hire taxi firms provide longer-term vehicle rental, with a driver included. Avis is also represented at the airport and offers self-drive vehicles, but it is generally advisable for foreign visitors to opt for a car with a driver.
Avis, has comprehensive operational system, wide range of fleet selection and highly qualified staff. Their Toll Free Number is 0800-111-69.
Hertz, is another great option. They have Mercedes, Accord, Camry, Civic and Corolla Fleets. Their Toll Free number is 0800-HERTZ(43789)
Vintage Limousine Services, ☎ +92 21 5677721-23. All kinds of vehicles with chaufer, without fuel just on one call.
Pearl Radio Cab, ☎ +92 21 4604465. Rs 1,500 per day including fuel, if you’re staying in the city limits and travel less than 100 km.
Walji’s, ☎ +92 21 5660248. 13 Services Mess, Mereweather Rd. For self-drive cars. Prices are around Rs 2,400 per day (without fuel; unlimited mileage).
Travel & Culture Services, ☎ +92 21 35218097. 702 Panorama center Fatima Jinnah road Saddar. For cars and vans with driver for tours in Karachi or out of Karachi Excursions. Prices are around Rs 2,800 per day (without fuel;). 
If you need to travel shorter distances, go by rickshaw. You can find them everywhere. Set prices beforehand. They don't usually follow traffic guidelines, so some might think it's dangerous, but they're perfectly safe and a cheap way to get around.
Call-a-Rik,  ☎ +92 331 2255745, is an innovative mode of public transportation. These rickshaws are installed with tracker devices and also has LED and sound system for customer entertainment. Prices are very reasonable at around Rs 10 per km.
By circular railway
Karachi Circular Railway used to run in the city but closed due to excessive losses. A project to transform the existing but non-operational Karachi Circular Railway into a modern mass transit system, also covering an underground and elevated Mereweather Tower to Sohrab Goth line has been approved by the government but work on it has yet to be commenced.
Two ferries operates between Kemari and Manora Island named after Arfa Karim and Afza Altaf on daily basis. Besides these, hundreds of boats operates between Kemari and Manora on daily basis. You can also take boat from the marshes of Port Grand to Boat Basin, Kemari and Savor Restaurant in DHA peninsula. Karachi to Mumbai Ferry Service was operational until 1965.
A number of urban tramway systems used to operate in Karachi before 1960's but none are operational anymore.
Beaches and waterfront
Riding on the beach in Karachi
Port Grand is an extensive food street and entertainment complex located at Port of Karachi near Native Jetty Bridge in downtown Karachi. It has a pedestrian friendly pier, housing different restaurants on one side and views of Karachi Harbor on the other side. The center of the attraction is 150 years old Banyan tree and an iconic tavern building known as the Napier’s tavern that sits at the edge of the Napier Mole Bridge. The Port Grand also has shops, port bazaar, bookstore, florist, Art lane, 6D Cinema, ATMs and a Hindu temple. You can also take boat ride from here to the adjoining creek for Rs. 500. There is an entry fee of Rs. 300 per person out of which Rs. 200 is redeemable at different food outlets and shops inside the facility. Entry fee is waived for Saffron and UBL card holders, selected university students, children below 12 years and adults above 65 years. Some restaurants also offer free entry on advanced reservation. Also entrance is "strictly for families & couples" and single males are not allowed inside except for Wednesday evenings. Opens daily from 6:00PM to Mid night, the facility is accessible from M.T. Khan Road for visitors coming via cars/taxis and from Jinnah Bridge for visitors coming through buses. Parking is free with a complimentary valet service.
Clifton Beach, was the world's most popular silver-sand beach and health resort during 20th century but now it is affected by an oil spill that occurred in 2003. The beach is still Karachi's most busiest beach due to its location with in the central metropolitan area, although here you'll want to take a stroll rather than a swim. The beach is deserted before late afternoon, and most festive on Sundays. Camel and horse rides on the sands are popular, while hawker stands sell cold drinks, chai (tea) and grilled corn. The taxi/rikshaw to the beach from Saddar might take around PKR 200.
Dolmen City, (next to the clifton beach), is the largest shopping complex of Karachi. It is home to numerous high street shops, a huge Carrefour hyper market, Sindbad amusement park for kids and a large food court with eateries from western cinnabon, fat burger, johnny rockets to the most trendiest GunSmoke. You can also enjoy beautiful sea view from Gloria Jeans here or try Fish Spa.
Bagh-e-Ibn-e-Qasim, (next to the beach park), is the most famous park of the city. Attractions include: Lady Lloyd pier, Jahangri Kothari parade, a century old amusement park called Funland, an underground Hindu temple, a mosque and a mausoleum. Two of Karachi's photo walks held here and the park offers many subjects. Try to visit the park at late evening hours when the park is lit. It is closed in the daytime anyhow. Free.
Boat Basin, got its name from the famous China Creek which was used to park boats. Today the creek is surrounded by a large public park called Benazir Bhutto Park spread over an area of 240 acres (40 acres dry area and basin on 200 acres). The park is the most expensively built in the country and just across it is a mile-long strip of open-air street food & restaurants. Free.
Do Darya, also referred as Devil's Point and located in DHA Phase 8 next to the Arabian sea has now became a giant food district housing several authentic restaurants such as Kolachi, Charcoal, Ambala, Afridi Inn and several others. Restaurants by the sea really worth a visit. Free.
Water Jet fountain, is the world’s tallest fountain; the controversial fountain is open during weekends between 6PM and midnight.
The following beaches are located at the outskirts of the city, and are less strict about clothing:
Hawke's Bay Beach, is the breeding ground for endangered turtles. The beach stretch almost continuously for hundreds of kilometres from Karachi into the Makran in Balochistan.The beach also contain stinging jellyfish, especially during the monsoon, July to September so it is advisable to avoid walking on any beach alone after dark.
Sandspit Beach is popular with families on Sunday and on holidays. It has a natural breakwater that prevents the harbour from silting up and plays a large role in Karachi's emergence as the main port on this part of the Arabian Sea. The beach is also home to WWF Wetland Center.
French Beach, often cited as Karachi’s most beautiful beach. It is about 40km from central Karachi.
Paradise Point, rock promontory in the sea with a natural arch.
Tushan Beach, a minute away from French Beach it has a mixture of small hills with a perfect sandy beach with 30 huts.
Russian Beach, near Gharo
Karachi has several islands including Oyster Rocks, Bundle Islands, Minora Island and Churna Island:
Manora Island - It is great place to visit, ferries and boats are available from Keamari terminal. This is the island where the Talpurs gave up to British. You can find ruins of the 19th century hindu temple and church. Many food stalls are also there selling fish.
Churna Island - is the Naval gunnery site and also has Pakistan's only coral reef. It is gifted with a marine park where you can find fishes from Dolphins, Sea urchins, Barracudas, Hound fish, Marlin, Angel fish, Turtles, Parrot fish, Sea Anemones, Jelly fish, Puffer fish and things that are just beyond the word “Beautiful”. Besides the marine life, there are also birds of various species. Divers Reef organize weekly trips to the island from PKR 3500 per person.
Landmarks & museums
Quaid-e-Azam's Mausoleum and Museum, is a prominent and impressive landmark of Karachi located at the City Center. Designed by Architect Yahya Merchant, this white marble Mausoleum with its curved arches, copper grills and a four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the peoples Republic of China is a must see. There is also a museum and large park surrounding the mausoleum. Entry fee is Rs 20.
Mohatta palace Museum of regional history, Clifton, offers a diverse range of activities for both the casual and informed visitor. The exhibtions in the museum detail the history of Pakistan's distinctive artistic heritage. The museum open every tuesday to sunday from 11:00AM to 6:00PM and it is closed on monday. Entry fee to the museum is Rs 20 for adults while it is free for students and children under 12 years. Gallery talks are conducted every Wednesday at 12.00 noon and are strictly by appointment only. You can also reach the museum through Bus No 20, Minibus N and W30 and Coaches Super Hasan Zai and Khan Coach.
Frere Hall, Bagh-e-Jinnah, houses Sadequain Galerie, library plus a peaceful garden. Free.
Aga Khan University hospital, (near Karsaz), is planned and designed by Payette Associates. The hospital complex is famous for its modernist architecture that has been carefully designed to take into account the history, climate, environment, symbolism and the spiritual values of the Muslim culture. Also see lake gardens & hill on its backside. Free.
Pakistan Maritime Museum,  located just next to Arena Gaming Arcade  and the famous Ringoli Restaurant in Karsaz, is a well maintained, fascinating and highly recommended maritime museum. Apart from several interesting galleries including the Naval Gallery, Marine Life Gallery, Maritime History Gallery and Interactive Science Gallery which houses scientific articles and machines of FDSK and SUPARCO (Pakistan's Space Agency), there are some great outdoor exhibits. It is also the venue of seasonal Karachi Dolphin Show. Don't forget to check out the midget submarine, mine sweeper and breguet atlantic aircraft. The museum remains open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. The entry ticket for Adults is Rs 30 and Children Rs 20.
Pakistan Air Force Museum, , Karsaz, has 30 aircrafts on show, including an Indian Gnat that was captured by Pakistani forces in 1965. The Museum is also a major venue for events and has an outdoor Amusement Park called Sindbad. The museum remains open everyday throughout the year from 8:30AM to 10:00PM except for Friday when it opens from 3:00PM to 10:00PM. The entry fee for Adults is Rs 30 while it is free for children under 3 years and senior citizens over 60 years.
PIA Planetarium, (next to Karachi Expo Centre, on main University Rd) is a virtual observatory which regularly puts on shows about the solar system and cosmic phenomenon. The shows in English are much more detailed, and are held every Sunday evening. On other days there are only Urdu shows. A ticketed, guided tour by an officer enables one to view the plane from the inside; its cockpit, pilot seats, and various other areas. Tickets for the planetarium show are Rs 45, and for the show plus the plane tour are Rs 60.
Karachi Expo Centre, , on main University road, opposite City and District Government Offices is a huge venue for different Trade Shows. Some of the most popular shows include IDEAS, Dawn Lifestyle, My Karachi and Expo Pakistan. Free.
Koocha-e-Saqafat ,(National Arts Council),  M.R. Kayani Rd.
Masjid e Tooba, (in Defence) is the largest single-domed mosque in the world. Built in the late 1960s, the mosque complex is under one vast dome with no supporting columns or vaults. Constructed of white marble, it has thousands of mirror tiles in its thermally proofed interior, giving the impression of twinkling stars. Visitors are welcome, although it's recommended to avoid prayer times and Fridays. Free.
Mereweather Tower, Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar Rd. A business landmark of the city. Also visit the nearby Stock Exchange building.
Habib Bank plaza, on Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar Rd was the the tallest building in South Asia for more than a decade. Built it 1963, the building has the marvelous architecture.
National Museum of Pakistan, on Dr Ziau-ddin Ahmed Rd, displays two million years old axe discovered from the Potohar Plateau. There is a remarkable gallery describing the early civilisation of Debal and Mansura. Another gallery ‘Freedom Movement gallery’ contains a large collection of pictures and articles arising from the time of the Independence movement. Items on display include archeological artefacts, islamic art, and other historical documents. Currently being renovated, caretakers may unlock some of the dusty, largely empty rooms for you. The museum opens every Thursday from 10AM-1PM and 2PM-5PM and every Saturday through Tuesday from 9:00AM to 12 noon.
State Bank Museum, on I.I Chundigar Rd, (Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar Rd) is the money museum of Pakistan that exhibits financial history of the country. The museum consist of seven Galleries and it remains opens Mon-Fri from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Free.
Unicorn Gallery, Deals in paintings by Old Masters and Contemporary Artists from South Asia. The gallery showcases a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, installations etc.
Flag Staff House, is known as Quaid-e-Azam House. It is built over 100 years ago and has extensive grounds. It's now home to the Jinnah House Museum.
Charminar. A replica of the famous Charminar is at Bahadurabad roundabout.
Karsaz Road, famous for places like The 'Arena' games arcade, Aga Khan University hospital, Golf club, Expo center and museums like Air Force museum, Maritime museum and PIA Planetarium.
WWF Wetland Centre, Sandspit, . Explore the wildlife of Karachi in the middle of mangrove forests, just 35 min drive away from the city centre. The activities include trips to mangrove forests, beaches, bird watching, turtle watching, lake watching and nature excursions can be arranged. It also houses an information center which provides an overview of the major Ramsar sites, biodiversity of the area and geographical information.
Zamzama Park, is located in Phase 5 Zamzama Market. It has a total area of 26 acres. It is open from 6pm to 11:30pm on week days and till 12:00am on holidayz. It provides various facilities such as skating rings, walking paths, jogging tracks, bonsai gardens,gymnasium, canteen and beverages area, kido fido rides and play. It also housed Karachi's only Modern Arts Museum FOMMA.
Colonial public buildings
There are many Colonial public buildings in the City’s Saddar district.
Karachi Port Trust, MA Jinnah Rd, completed during the First World War, the building was converted to a 500-bed military hospital named as No. 1 India General Hospital and was one of the 'five great War hospitals' run under General Fowler
State Bank Annexe, II Chundrigar Rd., (formerly the Bank of India building). Constructed following the first World War, currently it houses a library
DJ Science College, Dr Ziauddin Rd.
Hindu Gymkhana, MR Kayani Rd., is one of the first Mughal Revival buildings in the city.
Supreme Court, MR Kayani Rd., formerly called Prince of Wales museum.
Empress Market, Preedy St.
Saint Andrews Church, Preedy St.
Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Near Preedy St.
Karachi Grammar School, Near Preedy St.
Sindh High Court, Shahrah Kamaal Ataturk, built entirely out of pink-hued Jodhpur sandstone
Ice skating in the Arena
There is much to do in Karachi, a city of more than 18 million people is unlikely to be short on activities. Simply let yourself be overwhelmed by this city, its size and scope, its heart breaking disparity between rich and poor, and its breathtaking sights and sounds. Karachi isn't just a city, it is a world unto itself.
You can walk along the beaches, under clear skies, which at night is an experience worth the travel alone, as visitors can gaze towards the heavens while the Arabian sea cascades over their sandalled feet. Streetlights dotting the coast of Karachi increase the beauty of the sea and surrounding areas. A Riding Victoria type horse carriage from Polo ground to Clifton can be a memorable experience.
Most city dwellers visit other beaches at the outskirt of the city like Hawksbay, Paradise Point, Sansdpit & French Beaches. Huts are available on these far-flung beaches, where you can also do fishing, yachting, ride on horses and camels, collect sea shells or dive.
Manora Island, next to Clifton Beach, is another breathtaking place for a picnic. Private boats are the easiest way to reach the Island; they can easily be hired from marshes Port Grand. Manora Island also has a shrine, a light house, hindu temple, church and some hundred-year old monuments.
For those who love watching the city skyline, they can visit Hill Park, an amusement park, offering a nice view of the City.
Karachi has recently been experiencing a spa and massage boom, and there are now plenty of choices for everything from holistic Ayurveda to green tea hydrotherapy. Good spas can be found in most five-star hotels such as Avari, Marriott, Sheraton, Ramada Plaza, Regent Plaza and PC.
There are plenty of options for Boating & Cruise Dining. Checkout the options by Savor  and Carlton Creek Hotel 
If you have the time, and inclination to smoke, check out one of Karachi's cigar lounges. They stock quality international brands including authentic Cuban cigars at Club Havana (DHA 5). Other notable lounges are Castro's and the Cigar Bar in Zamzama. These places have luxurious interiors and can give the illusion of being in a 1950s film, Note that you will have to pay a handsome sum for the pleasure of genuine Cubans. You can also try shisha at Cafe Shisha or at Indulge.
Karachi is also a great place to go to the movies. Most cinemas have world-class standards and show the latest Hollywood, Bollywood and Pakistani releases. The tickets are available at very low prices compared to the west and expect to wear 3D glasses for some of the latest Hollywood releases.
Atrium Cinema, located inside Atrium Mall in Saddar
Nueplex Cinemas, is Pakistan's largest Cinema Complex located inside The Place at Khayaban-e-Shaheen, DHA Phase VIII (Opposite Creek Vistas Apartments). The complex has five theatre halls – 270 seats in cinema 1, 360 seats in cinema 2, 275 seats in cinema 3, 148 seats in cinema 4 and cinema 5, which is a luxury cinema, has 48 seats.
5D Cinema, ,a 8 seat movie cinema is located inside Emerald Mall Karachi offering a unique movie experience.
You might also like experiencing 6D Cinemas located inside Port Grand and Millenium Mall or visit The Arena,  a gaming arcade at Karsaz offering an ice skating rink, a bowling alley, minigolf course, arcade games, rock-climbing and much more. Area 51 is another bowling alley located besides creek club in DHA Phase VIII.
Karachi has a fine collection of Anglo-Indian architecture, a legacy of the British Raj, which will keep history buffs engaged. Culture vultures will find a city with many art galleries, displaying a broad spectrum of works from Asia, and some New Age works from aspiring Pakistani artists.
Adventure & Sports
One is spoiled for choice by the variety of adventure options that can be found in Karachi:
Snorkelling, Explore the beautiful aquatic life of Arabian Sea at a totally different level. Spend a thrilling, fun and excitement filled day with Divers Reef  at the Churna Island and know what true open sea adventure is all about for PKR 3500.
Scuba diving, Karachi Scuba Diving Center  organizes and promotes swimming, lifesaving, skin diving and scuba diving, through training programs to provide a complete range of instructions.
Water sports, Jetski Rentals at Jetski Karachi  , Sailing (at the Karachi Yacht Club), snorkelling, water-skiing, wind surfing, deep sea fishing which are accessible due to the City's Arabian Sea coast.
Paragliding - packages offered by Karachi Gliding Club.
Offshore Fishing, If you are a nature and outdoor lover, then saltwater fishing is the sport for you. The adventure and joy of Karachi's outdoor wilderness, fishing in the virgin blue waters, will definitely be one of the finest and exciting investments of your lifetime. Agha’s Sportfishing  (the headquarters of saltwater sport-fishing in Pakistan) was established in 1985 in Karachi, with the prime purpose of promoting sea fishing in the country. It organizes offshore sport-fishing tournaments, provides fishing guide service, sells charters and takes out fishing publications that also highlight environmental issues. The company also promotes marine environmental causes.
Go Aish Adventure park, University Rd,  is Karachi's largest adventure park offering different adventure activities such as rope course, Paintball, Wall climbing, ATV track, Big Swing & Flying Fox.
Golf, there are several fine golf courses which host international tournaments such as the Pakistan Open on the Asian circuit. Airmen Golf Club has the biggest golf course in Pakistan.
Cricket can be found at every conceivable corner, from the lush grounds of the more wealthy professional clubs or elite schools to the side streets of the working class Saddar City district.
Water parks, there are several water parks located in the suburbs of the city near the Super highway. Some popular ones include:
Fiesta, , opens only on weekends (fri-sun) and public holidays.
Don't miss the indoor kids theme parks that are located inside shopping malls, listed under Buy
Dreamworld Resorts,  Pakistan's MashAllah icon Resort with Golf club, Amusement Park, Water Park, 5-star Hotel, Spa, multiple World-class restaurants, numerous all-ages entertainment and sports events. Also very popular among Corporate for various official events and meetings as well as different Corporate entertainment activities.
Aladdin Amusement Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal,  is an outdoor theme park with several rides for children. It also has a mini zoo and offers options for boating, shopping etc.
Sindbad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, is another outdoor kids theme park offering different rides for children. Dont be confused with other Sindbad's which are located inside different shopping malls in Karachi.
Askari Park, Main University Rd. The reptilian house and aquarium are worth a visit.
Hill park & Jheel park, (near Tariq Rd), offers Birds eye view of Karachi.
Karachi Visual Park, Well its nothing compared to the ones in Dubai and Vegas but for those who wants to see the glimpse.
Safari Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal,  has a zoo, a children's playland and many gardens. It is one of the major recreation and amusement areas of Karachi geared with viewing facilities like chairlifts and safari tracks, as well as two natural lakes. You might be interested in catching a bird's-eye view of the animals from the Chair lifts here or enjoy Swan lake which is a natural lake featuring a pagoda style sitting place. There is also an adventure park called Go Aish Adventure Park also running in the Park as well as Metro Cash & Carry. Aladin Park is also originally a part of Safari Park but has a seperate entrance from Rashid Minhas road.
Dolphin Show,  Experience the beauty of sea life and a dazzling array of flips, leaps and twists of Dolphins at Pakistan Maritime Museum, Karsaz Road Karachi.
Karachi Zoo, Garden Rd, (formerly called Gandhi garden), Reptile house, a natural history museum, and a mughal garden.
Turtle Spotting: In the evenings of September and November, you can easily spot giant Olive Ridley and green turtles along parts of Hawkes Bay and Sandspit. The best way see them is to go with a local naturalist or hire a boat from Keamari with a knowledgeable captain for the specific purpose of watching them.
Crabbing tours: Karachi Oyster Rocks is an amazing location for crabbing. Avari Hotel organizes crabbing tours where you will be picked from the hotel in the evening for Kemari harbor where you will be transferred to board on a traditional sail boat. It will cruise outside the Karachi harbor and stop near oyster rocks to try your luck to catch crabs. The crabs caught by you and the expert fishermen will be cooked on board with traditional style of mild spices and fried potatoes and you can have a delicious dinner and enjoy the sunset at Karachi harbor. You will be bought back to the hotel around 8:30 - 9 PM
Karachi has numerous quality country clubs. If you know anyone who has membership (they are, of course, restricted) check them out.
The Royal Rodale, TC-V, 34th Street, Khayaban-e-Sehar, Phase-V, Ext.,DHA UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 000-168, . Sports and recreational complex with dining, banquets, sauna, jacuzzi, gym, swimming pool, yoga, aerobics, tennis, billiards, and snooker.
The Yacht club, (Standard Chartered Bank compound), I.I. Chundrigar Rd, 
Medical tourism in Pakistan is viewed as an untapped market. A number of modern health facilities exist while majority of doctors & surgeons are foreign qualified.
Many patients, mainly of Pakistani origin, from the Middle East, United Kingdom and United States, also travel to the city to seek a range of treatments which they cannot otherwise access in their resident countries either due to expense or lack of insurance coverage there; common treatments that these patients seek include cardiac surgery, infertility treatments, dental surgery and cosmetic surgery. A number of patients from neighbouring countries also travel frequently to Karachi for treatment.
Body Beat, Shapes Health Studio, 139 McNeil Rd, Cant, ☎ +92 21 565-5971, +92 21 565-59712, Dance workout set to the latest Indian and Hip-Hop music.
Candela, Salsa dance group with instructors from USA & Canada. Have been dancing salsa and other Latin dance styles for over 10 years. Learn the hottest salsa moves from New York & Los Angeles. The Original & Classic Salsa from Puerto Rico.
Indus Scuba, No. C-23, Small Bukhari Commercial St 5, Phase 6, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 3524-3153, +92 21 3524-3163 (email@example.com), . PADI scuba diving centre with scuba diving classes, equipment sales & service.
Rangoonwala Community Centre, Dhoraji Colony, Variety of classes on cooking, computers, handicrafts, sewing, textile designing, English, fitness and more. Art gallery and other exhibitions.
School of Leadership, Clifton. Provides a platform for individuals to discover and utilise their lives through conscious endeavor. A youth-driven organisation, SoL has a huge following and regularly organizes and facilitates learning conferences, seminars and events.
Karachi is the financial and commercial capital of the country. There are many jobs available in the financial sector such as banking, the IT/media sector such as BPO, call centre etc., especially for English-speakers which you can find at . You can also do acting in one of the largest play and drama industry of the world or work in one of many television morning shows.
Karachi is the world's most cheapest city and shopping capital of the country. You can shop to your heart's content, in the massive range of markets and bazaars that dot the city, or you can shop & enjoy one of the many modern shopping malls that are found across the city's more affluent sectors, namely Defence and Clifton. And don't worry too much about your budget as a recent survey by the Times newspaper (UK) found Karachi to be the cheapest city in the world.
There are a great number of shopping places in Karachi, ranging from the traditional bazaar to the modern shopping malls. A first-time visitor should try and visit the bazaars, The bazaars usually consist of many small vendors selling a variety of products from accessories to clothes to food and drink. In addition, there are larger stores which are more specific in their products. Also one would find that the bazaars are a more culturally enriching experience. One problem is that when shopkeepers find out you're from out of town, they will charge you double/triple prices. Try to go with someone local if you can to get a good price.
If there is one book you need to pick up about the people of Karachi, go for 'Karachiwala: a subcontinent within a city' written by Rumana Husain. It is a coffee-table book sold at all outlets of Liberty Books and copies of the book are also available at bookshops located in major hotels in the city. The book is priced reasonably, and it helps to understand the origins, traditions, history and lifestyles of the diverse communities inhabiting this metropolis.
Buying Pakistani currency
The Pakistani currency is the Pakistani Rupee (PKR/ Rs). It is usually advised to get your foreign currency converted in local currency before you buy stuff (of course that's only applicable if you're planning to buy with cash and not credit card). A number of licensed currency exchange companies operate their offices located in various parts of the city that can be used for the exchange. A passport might be required as an identification document but the requirement is often ignored. Some good repute currency exchange companies are Dollar East and Galaxy International and they exist at both arrival and departure entrances of the airport.
Most large department stores and souvenir shops, as well as all upscale restaurants accept major credit cards. Some small shops may choose to pass on their 2-3% service fee to you if you choose to pay through credit card, but this is negotiable so don't hesitate to haggle.
ATMs exist almost every where across the city including airport and major hotels and accept major credit/ debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, UnionPay etc. ATMs charge fee of 3% of the transaction amount for foreign currency transaction.
The exchange rate between the transaction currency and the billing currency used for processing foreign currency transactions is a wholesale market rate selected by Visa from within a range of wholesale rates in effect plus the Bank charges of 3% as the Foreign Currency Conversion Fee.
Places to Shop
The Forum Mall
Shopping at a Karachi bazaar
Shopping Malls are everywhere in Karachi. Locally renowned ones are:
Atrium Mall, on Zebunissa Street is one of the brand new and largest shopping mall in the city. Its also home to Karachi's only 3D Cinema, a Gaming Zone, Zam Zam departmental store and a giant food court.
Dolmen Mall, is the place to shop in Karachi, especially if you're looking for big shopping malls and high street designer boutiques. There are currently 3 Dolmen Malls in Karachi at Clifton, Tariq Road and Hyderi. Each is equipped with big and budget brands, an indoor kids theme park and food court. The Clifton Dolmen Mall is the largest of all and is also featured on CNN news report. It is home to a huge Carrefour hyper market, Toni&Guy salon and the country's largest Sindbad (the kids amusement park).
Ocean Mall, located in Pakistan's tallest building The Ocean tower in Clifton, is one of the brand new malls of the city. It is home to Farids, one of the country's most sophisticated retail shop. Other famous shops include Bonanza, BabyShop, Ego and Krude. The mall is also home to several restaurants including Turkey's most famous Solen Istanbul, Cafe Zouk and Shoko latte. Cinepax and Children's Play Area are located on fourth floor of the mall.
Chase, is a departmental store selling various products at wholesale rates. You are sure to get the best value for your money here.
The Forum, Clifton. Includes shops, food court and Ebco superstore.
Park Towers, Clifton, . Includes Shop, food court, a superstore, an indoor kids theme park and art gallery.
Lavish Mall, Tariq Rd.
Jumeirah Mall, Tariq Road
Millennium Mall, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Includes shops, restaurants, indoor kids theme park, superstore, 6D cinema, cocktail bar and a bowling alley.
Makro Wholesale Centre, Saddar . Also houses famous clothing brands like Gul Ahmed, Kurta corner, Cambridge and Junaid Jamshed.
Metro Cash & Carry, University Rd, Stargate Airport & SITE .
Some of the main bazaars in Karachi that deserve a visit:
Tariq Road Bazaar, is currently the largest shopping district of the city. It houses several shopping malls such as Dolmen Tariq road, Jumeirah and Lavish.
Sunday Bazaar, for a wide variety of second hand goods.
Zebunissa Street, (formerly known as Elphinistone Street) during the british era is now home to Karachi's biggest high end shoes shops from Metro, Sputnik to English Boot House, Gold Souks and other retails shops. It also houses one of Karachi's largest Atrium Mall.
Bahadurabad Bazaar, adjacent to Tariq Rd
Zamzama Boulevard, for upscale designers boutiques, clubs and restaurants.
Gulf Area Market, many traditional vendors and more upscale boutiques and designer shoes
Hyderi Bazaar, North Nazimabad, is also home to several high-end malls such as Dolmen Hyderi, Madni and Saima mall.
KDA Market, Gulshan Iqbal. Comparatively small than other Bazaars of Karachi, but KDA offers wide range of branded/non-branded clothes, foot-wear and cosmetics.
Zainab Market, Branded clothing for half the normal price.
There are also three underground bazaars in Karachi at Bohri Bazaar, Nazimabad chowrangi and Liaqatabad No. 10. These are just a few to mention. On the whole, shopping in Karachi is interesting, exhilarating, and an often tiring experience.
What to Shop
You can buy very cheap garments, bed sheets, shirts, T-shirts from any store located at Tariq Rd or Zainab market; local branded stores include Chen One, Bonanza, Ideas (Gul Ahmed), Cambridge Shop . For upscale designers boutiques, you can go to Zamzama Avenue, It is also worth mentioning that many world renowned brands like Adidas, Levis, Slazenger, HangTen, Nike, Reebok, Calvin Kline Jeans, Armani, Versauce, American Eagle etc get their products prepared from Faisalabad which has got one of the largest textile industries of the World. You can find cheap products of these brands at local stores. You can get a pair of Levis jeans (or any other good brand for that matter) for just Rs 1200.
Leather goods, like shoes, jackets and bags are also a specialty of Pakistan. Go to English Boot house , Sputnik, Shoe Planet, Servis, Metro, Gap shoes (at Tariq road), Lotus, Step-in (at Hyderi, North Nazimabad), Jaybees (at Zebunissa market, Saddar) for best quality shoes at low prices.
Gold, at Gold souks located in major malls and across Zebunissa market. Gold in Karachi is available duty free and is cheaper than even Dubai and other major Gold destinations.
Sports goods, like cricket bats, balls, kits, footballs, sports wear and almost anything related to sports you can imagine. You will not find such high quality equipments at such low cost anywhere else. To mention, Pakistan produces ninety percent of the world’s sports goods and is the largest provider of sports equipment to FIFA for the World cup.
Pakistan produces cheap and high quality musical instruments. You can get an acoustic guitar for as low as Rs 2,000.
Books, from Liberty Books next to Bar BQ tonight restaurant in Clifton and also found in most malls and in the Marriot hotel.
Computer accessories, Regal Centre, (Preedy St, Saddar), Rainbow centre (near Preedy St, Saddar for CDs & DVDs), Technocity (II Chundrigar Rd, Saddar), Unicenter (II Chundrigar Rd, Saddar), Naz plaza (M.A Jinnah Rd).
Electronics/ Cell Phone, from Electronic Market in Preedy St/ Regal. You can buy the world's cheapest Samsung S4 here.
Arabian, Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani carpets.
Afghan carpets, (Marriott hotel)
Asian carpet palace, Zebunissa St.
Wazir Carpets, (Hotel Metropole on Club Rd)
or visit stores located at Zamzama Ave.
Gems , handicrafts, glassware, brassware, marble products, crystal works, carved wood and antiques,Zebunissa St, Saddar. (formerly known as Elphinistone St). Also buy pashmina, rugs, wool-shawls or wraps, which can cost anywhere between US$15 to as much as US$700. Remember to bargain. Ajrak, a shawl is the souvenir of Sind province.
Souvenirs', such as decorative items from sea shells.
Food stuffs, go to any super store like Dmart, Makro, Naheed; especially buy Swat honey (the world's best), biscuits and Mitchells Jubilee chocolate.
Home accessories, visit shops located in Dolmen mall at Tariq Rd.
V. M Art Gallery, Rangoonwala Community Centre
Jahanzeb Art Gallery, Clifton Commercial area
Vision Art Gallery, Kehkashan, Clifton
Tariq Jay Gallery, P.E.C.H.S
A . R . Fareedi, (Permanent Collection), Arts Council building
Ahmed Pervaiz Gallery, Arts Council building
Fayzee Rahamin Gallery, (French Cultural centre), Alliance Francaise De Karachi Art Gallery
Sadequain Galerie, Frere Hall, Bagh-e-Jinnah, ☎ +92 21 920-4325, Ongoing art exhibition & library plus a peaceful garden.
Clifton Art gallery, 11-Al Habib Apartment, Clifton Rd
Indus Art Gallery, Bath island, Feroznama Rd
Chawkandi Art, DCI Kehkashan. Clifton
Funkar Art Gallery, 202,Dean Arcade, Schon Circle, Building No.8, Clifton
Studio Art, D-67,Block-9,Clifton
Kunj Art Gallery, 147/D KDA Scheme No.1
Majmua, The Art Gallery, 239 Staff Lines, Fatima Jinnah Rd. 
Momart, The Art Gallery, Anum Classic,Mezzanine,Main Shahrah-e-Faisal
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Karachi has several fantastic upscale restaurants, which serve a huge variety of cuisines. Most of the upper-end restaurants are either located within one of the major hotels in the city (the Sheraton, the Pearl Continental and Avari Towers), or in malls such as Dolmen, Ocean and Atrium or in the trendy shopping district of Zamzama in Defence. One can also easily find a franchise of KFC ☎ +92 21 111 -532-532, McDonalds ☎ +92 21 111 244-622, Subway ☎ +92 21 586-8907, Papa Johns (Clifton) ☎ +92 21 585-3374, Mr Cod ☎ +92 21 535-0746, Henny's ☎ +92 21 5867151, +92 21 5864023 9a-11p), Pizza Hut ☎ +92 21 111 241-241, Domino's ☎ +92 21 111 366-466 and Dunkin Donuts ☎ +92 21 111 366-887. The beauty of the food in Karachi is that you will probably find cuisine for every taste. You can order food and reserve tables at the famous restaurants through EatOye .
Please do not miss the food courts located inside different malls listed under 'Buy'.
Beach Avenue, is a huge strip along the Clifton beach, is home to several restaurants including Pizza Hut. It is famous for its giant food outlets such as McDonalds, KFC, Dip shop, The Village, Kinara and of course the Dolmen Mall. Along side, far away from main beach there is a strip known as Do Darya, it is a food district filled with several authentic restaurants: Sajjad, Afridi inn, Charcoal grill, Ambala, Kolachi, Hot bite etc to name a few. Here, the rocky shore provides shrimps which is used as bait to catch fish.
Port Grand Promenade, along side Karachi Harbor is the city's only pedestrian friendly food strip with scores of restaurants, cafes and eateries such as Aylanto, Chairman Mao, Bistro, Skewers, Mr. Cod, Mr. Burger, Oishi Sushi etc.
Zamzama, This is the place where the rich , famous and affluent like to hangout. Zamzama is home to the trendiest and hippest Cafes in town , where all the hip and young people of Karachi like to hang out in their designer attires and sip on the best brews in town. At the same time Zamzama is also home to the more up end and exclusive dining places in the city , some of the most expensive restaurants in the country are found on this one boulevard. For Cafes be sure to check out Ciao, Espresso , Aylanto, Chatterbox and of course the only chocolate café in town Butlers Chocolate Café ( the Irish chain). As far as restaurants go Copper Kettle, Arizona Grill and Roasters being the oldest restaurants on the street win hands down as far as popularity goes. For fine dining the most reputed places to head to are Fuchsia, Okra and Baan Thai. Other than the above mentioned Zamzama has a fair share major fast outlets scattered across it, the most notable being Pizza Hut, Dominos and Subway.
Boat Basin, is a mile-long strip of open-air street food/restaurants. Favorites tend to include Karachi Broast, Mr. Burger, Qasr-Al-Nakheel, Jans, Dera, Nihari Inn,Cafe Clifton,and Tandoori Hut. Boat Basin is where almost all of Karachi's late-partying citizens wind up, since food is often available here until 5-6AM, and some restaurants are open 24 hrs. Most dining is open air, during winter this becomes the most popular hangout place in the city. Local style breakfast (such as halwa puri and anda paratha) is also served at Boat-Basin from 6AM-7AM onwards. Note that restaurants here will frequently only accept cash. It is a good idea to carry enough cash to tide you over, at most of these locations Rs 1,000-2,000/person will be more than sufficient. If you're not the experimenting type then theres always the fast food option. KFC, Pizza Hut, Mr Burger and Nandos can all be found here. The Chicken Makhni (Butter Chicken) with Garlic Naan at Tandoori Hut is by far the most popular dish on this mile long gastronomic delight.
Burns Road, For authentic Karachi food this is the place to be. The best tasting Nihari, Sajji, Bottis and Tikkas can be found in this congested corner of Old Karachi. Burns Road is a part of Saddar the main business district of Karachi. Most of the restaurants here are built in really old pre independence era Victorian style buildings which sort of gives you the feeling of being in a crowded part of Old Delhi. Hygienically this may not be the cleanest part of town, but if you are a big time foodie and you really want to taste real Karachi food then seriously this is the place to head to. If food preparation hygiene is really an issue for you then the best option is to head to Food Centre, the biggest and prettiest building on the street. Places to head to here include Punjab Lassi house for the best Lassi in town, Food Center and Sabri Nihari. Other than these there are many more restaurants scattered througout this street. Restaurants accept only cash here. Price wise you can easily have food dessert and a glass of Lassi for less than Rs 300.
Khadda Market, is mainly famous for its delicious "Paratha Rolls" that can be eaten with a various array of different meats eg Chicken, Beef and Kebab to name a few. With different fillings and yea that includes Cheese and Garlic Mayo also. For the best Paratha Rolls head to Hot and Spicy and Red Apple. One average Paratha Roll with out any fillings will cost you around Rs 80. The more fillings you add the more price increases this can go up to around Rs 130-150 per roll. Other than the Paratha Rolls both of the above mentioned restaurants serve great Sandwiches and Burgers also. Other popular places in the area to head to are Chatkharay and Gazebo for "Chaat" , Indus Biryani for Biryani , Kay Bees for fast food. Mingcourt, Chopstix and China Ming for Chinese. Food aside Khadda market is home to the best Salons in the city for a designer snip head to Clippers and Pzazz.
Sindhi Muslim SMCHS, The main food district in this area is basically built around one roundabout. Sindhi Muslim is home to the typical fast food joints like KFC, Nandos and Pizza Xperts. Places to check out over here are Kahva, Royal, Bundoo Khan and Hyders. Karachi's famous Hob Nob bakery is also located here. Most recently a new coffee chain Gloria Jeans Coffee house has opened there.
Shahbaz Commercial, This place is slowly developing in to the new Zamzama. With Zamzama getting more and more congested new restaurateurs are looking towards Shahbaz to set up their new businesses . Trendy cafes and restaurants have started to spring up left right and center. Shahbaz like Zamzama is basically a rich mans playground where most of the restaurants and cafes clientele comprises of people from the rich and upper middle class of society. Notable places to check out are Studio Cafe for the best Sheesha in town theres a seperate floor for Sheesha, the one thing that's special about this place is that once you're done eating your food a professional photographer takes you down to the basement for a photo shoot and you get a CD that contains your pictures in it to keep as a memorabilia of your visit here. Then theres Kaps Cafe that is a flower shop cum coffee shop all in one. Secret Recipe is popular for its sumptous Cheesecakes and other desserts. Not to forget Espresso is by far hands down the most popular cafe in town , this place serves the best western styled breakfast in town. Espresso has two more outlets in town but this branch tends to be the most popular one in town. The newly opened The Diner seems to be doing pretty well it serves great continental food. Sawasdee is famous for its tangy hot and sour Thai food. Other than the above mentioned your fast options in this part of town include Pizza Hut and Subway.
26th Street and Tauheed Commercial, Fine dining in Karachi has officially found a new home. Most of the finest art galleries in the city are found in this area , so it isnt uncommon to come across a restaurant that has an art gallery within in it or vice versa. Hence because of this , this area has unofficially been dubbed the "Artist district" of Karachi. The finest French restaurant in the city if not the country Cafe Flo is located here. An artist favorite is Cafe Koel. The Patio is another favourite that has an art gallery attached to it. Purple Haze a popular youngster hang out where they occasionally have a Karaoke night. Another youngster favourite hang out is The Hotspot. The Hotspot is known to serve the best desserts in town. From Banoffee Pie to Supersonic fudge sundaes you name it and they've got it. Infact you can also create your own Milkshake flavour over here like for eg Banana Caramel with White Chocolate (Toblerone).
Hyderi, This tiny suburb of Karachi has now grown into a food hub of Karachi housing numerous restaurants. These include US famous Hardees which is famous for its thick burgers and unlimited drink refills to other fast food chains like Pizza Hut, KFC, Arizona Grill and several others. Hyderi is also home to sub branches of Karachi namely chains like Red Apple, United King Bakery, Naheed Super Market and several other restaurants and food centers.
Bahadurabad, (off Tariq Rd). Famous for its restaurants like Tooso, Wimpys and Have More and ofcourse the United King bakery.
Tariq Road, is famous for different traditional food item including traditional Samosa, Katchori and especially the mixed fruit chat (Type of fruit Salad mixed with spices and/or fresh Cream) Laziz Mix Fruit Chat Liberty Signal Tariq Road is the most renowned famous and an old clean place for dine in and take away
Hasan Square, University Rd, Gulshan Iqbal. Famous for Sajji, Barbeque and various other Pakistani dishes.
Nihari Inn:boat basin near clifton for traditional nahari with hot nans.
Al-Bustan, Sheraton Hotel, Club Rd. ☎ +92 21 563-3333. Live Pakistani traditional band playing nightly from 8PM-midnight.
Al Habib Restaurant, Super Highway, (near New Sabzi Mandi/Northern Bypass on main shahrah-e-Pakistan Rd) It is roughly 22 km away from city centre and on highway going towards interior Sindh province), ☎ +92 21 687-0702, +92 21 687-0703. One of the most popular restaurants of the City. It remains open 24 hr and has a huge sitting area and it receives a lot of diners from all over the city specially on weekends. You can try all kind of Pakistani food here. US$10/head approx.
Agha juice, since 1960 main Nazimabad No1, Only 3 branches 1. Opp Amber Auditorium, Bahadurabad. 2. Main Rashid Minhas Rd, Gushan Iqbal. 3. Khadda Market Defence phase 5. The pioneer of juices in Karachi Pakistan, Located and founded in 1960, and open 11:30 am to 3 am. Make sure you go to the branches listed above as there are a lot of places similar to that name.
Cafe Mist, Inside Arena games arcade, Karsaz road, From sandwiches to burgers to a specially designed children’s menu, Café Mist is the perfect place to replenish yourself after a day of fun and games
BBQ Tonight, Com. 5/1 Boat Basin, Block 5, Clifton, . One of Karachi's most popular restaurants. Spread over four stories of seating, including partly covered rooftop seating, the restaurant is almost always completely packed, but the turnover is high, so reservations aren't required. It now serves lunch. The rooftop is good. UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 227-111
Lal Qila, Buffet, 10/A, Main Shahrah-e-Faisal, M.A.C.H.S., ☎ +92 21 438-8363-64, +92 21 438-8364, . Built in the style of a 17th century Moghul fort. Barbecue, biryani, and a local beef-based delicacy, haleem, in its open brick courtyard. Beware long lines during the peak evening dining hours.
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Drinking alcohol in public areas is nominally banned, since Pakistan is an Islamic country, and most of the top end hotels have their own bars. Try local brands like Murree Brewery, in addition to that there are other brands such as Budwieser and Barveria with non-alchoholic beer.
In soft drinks, try local limca cola which makes "pop" sound when opened. you can also try Pakola; Pakistan’s premier soft drink brand which is available in different flavors like Ice cream soda, Lychee, Orange, Raspberry, Apple sidra, Vino, Double cola, Bubble up etc.
Also try, Lassi which is a classic yogurt drink that is served either plain or sweet, and is sometimes flavored or even fused with fresh fruit. Rooh-Afza, a red-color-sweet-herbal drink. Sugar Cane Juice which is extracted by mechanical force, it is best when fresh. You would also love the Falouda and Gola Ganda which include various kinds of syrups in crushed ice.
If you want to drink plain water, always prefer bottled water of a good brand, it just costs Rs 35 for a 1.5 ltr bottle of Nestle water.
Mirchi 360, Stadium Lane No. 2, Phase 5, D.H.A..
Aroma, (Regent Plaza Hotel), Main Shahrah-e-Faisal, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 111-774
Bread people bakery & Cafe, 10-C, Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, 26th St, Shahbaz Commercial Area, Phase 6, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 524-3256. Live music bands, usually on random Saturday nights. Call for schedule.
Opera Cafe, Grand Mercure Hotel, Karachi Airport, Star Avenue Terminal 1
Original Crepe Factory, Shop #1, Khaada Market, Main Khayaban-e-Mujahid, Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 300-987-8778, +92 21 322 206-8783
Purple Haze, 66C-68C, 25th Street, Tauheed Commercial Area, Phase 5, D.H.A. (in the basement of 'Evolution' restaurant). ☎ +92 21 586-0941, +92 21 582-4651. It serves some of the best desserts in Karachi and also 'Shisha' (Arabic Tobacco). Karaoke nights are usually fun too.
Fanoos Coffee Shop Sheraton Hotel Club Rd. ☎ +92 21 563-3333
Le Grand 9-E, 7th Commercial Lane, Zamzama Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 582-0186, +92 21 582-0187
The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi, ☎ +92 300 823-0276, 11AM- 9PM. The second floor is a wireless coffeehouse, featuring a bookshop and a space for creative expression and intelligent discourse. Apart from excellent coffee, T2F also has a range of excellent sandwiches, snacks and dessert. There are regular events such as poetry readings, book signings, workshops, talks, debates, film screenings, unplugged music sessions, gallery openings, exhibitions and stand-up comedy. Numerous well-known politicians, artists, writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and thinkers of all ages frequent the place to speak, work or simply hang out.
U & Me Coffee, 10-C 8th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 587-8913, +92 21 857-8931
Juice, milkshakes and ice cream
Agha juice since 1960 main Nazimabad No1, branches 1. Opp Amber Auditorium, Bahadurabad. 2. Main Rashid Minhas Rd, Gushan Iqbal. 3. Khadda Market Defence phase 5.
The Dip Shop, (near Sea View Mc Donalds and Gulshan Iqbal 13).
Brown, Rahat Commercial, DHA Phase 6.
Mövenpick Ice Cream, Clifton
Gelato Affair, haidery,karsaz,clifton
HotSpot, 33st, Towheed, DHA Phase 5
Hyder Juice, Sindhi Muslim Housing Society Commercial Area, (near Tariq Road and off Shahrah-e-Quadeen Rd.)
Mizaaj, Clifton. An Egyptian theme restaurant, is also famous for cigars.
Excelsior, Toby's bar, Purple haze, Basement, the Casbah. Karachi's night life has become the envy of the region. Bars, nightclubs and dance halls have sprouted across the city and some people have also made entertainment venues in their own homes. In the seaview and defence area there are Sports car and bike races.
Port Grand,  is an extensive entertainment & food complex in downtown Karachi housing numerous food outlets, shopping malls, art gallery, tavern area, pedestrian friendly street and much more.
Karaoke nights & Live Bands at Purple haze, at Base Rock cafe (6th lane, Ittehad, DHA phase 6), at The Sports Bar (26th Street, Towheed, DHA Phase 5), and at Thespianz Theater
Bread people bakery & Coffee Day Cafe. Live music bands, usually on random Saturday nights.
The Elbow room, (off II Chundrigar Rd).Concerts, movie nights, masquerade balls.
Nadia Cafe, (Marriott hotel). Theme Nights
Royale rodale club:sea view road with a gym,sona bath and a bar and bowling alley.
Spianz theater, Live theatre.
PC hotel, Live band playing all types of music from 8:30PM-11PM. Live Ghazal band from 11PM-2AM
Karachi Club, Live band playing all types of music from 8:30PM-11PM. Live Ghazal band from 11PM-2AM
Al-Bustan, (Sheraton Hotel). Live Pakistani traditional band playing nightly from 8PM-12 midnight.
Dumpukht, (Marriott Hotel). Live Indian traditional dancer every night except Monday from 8-11:30PM.
Beach Luxury hotel, Saturday night dance party for couples.
Boat Basin, Restaurants at are open till 6AM
Carlton hotel, offers a luxury cruise out to sea with a buffet dinner for up to 35 people
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There are thousands of less expensive hotels and dorms to sleep in. For $30 USD/night you can get a very decent room, with private bathroom, cableTV and air conditioning. As in any place, you get what you pay for.
Hotel One - Clifton, C-16, Clifton Block 4, ☎ +92 3587984-5), .
Hotel Country Inn, 19-1-B, Block 6, P.E.C.H.S, Off Shahra e Faisal, ☎ +92 21 3455-6814, +92 21 3455-6861), .
Hotel Crown Inn Sadder, 171 Frere Rd Saddar, (near Passport office), ☎ +92 21 35622001-5, .
Merry Lodge Guest House, 27-A,Nizamuddin Rd.
Royal Inn, 245-2-H Block-6, P.E.C.H.S.
Serena Inn, E167 , Block B ,Gulshan -E -Jamal Main Rashid Minhas Rd. Guest House.
Hotel Shaheen, Fatima Jinnah Rd, (near Railway St).
The area code for Karachi is 21. Prefix +92 If you are calling from outside Pakistan. Phone numbers are eight digits long. All mobile numbers, however are 11 digits long and begin with "03", and should not be dialled with the city prefix. Omit the '0' when dialing a cell phone from outside Pakistan and prefix the '92' code.
Public Call Offices, can be found all over the city. You will find a PCO in nearly 50% of the general stores , there is usually someone who operates the phone and fax. Fees will be charged according to the time spent, and you will pay when you have finished your call.
Cybercafes, can be found on virtually every street corner and the rates are as low as Rs 15-20 per hr. They usually don't have a very fast operating system so don't be too impatient. They usually use 14" monitors, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows XP are usually installed on these operating systems. Most of the cafes have a decent speed internet connection.
Internet Access, can be obtained easily on notebook computers with the help of GRPS enabled mobile connections, supported by almost all of the 5 mobile operators. Mobilink provides EDGE based connection in very limited areas of Karachi, however Telenor's coverage of EDGE is wider. The standard cost of GPRS/EDGE usage is Rs 15-Rs 18/MB data transfer but Zong offers Rs 15/hr, however if you wish to download much more you may want to use unlimited packages, provided only by Mobilink and Telenor at this time. World Call offers USB internet.
Wifi, There are several wifi Hotspots in Karachi in hotels, malls and cafes/resturants. If you are in a business district like Shahra-e-Faisal or I.I.Chundrigar Road, then most of the area will have free wifi.
Cell phone, coverage in the city is pretty good. Cell phones were considered as a symbol of status a few years ago, but since 2002 the telecommunications industry has experienced a bit of a boom. These days you can hardly find a single person in the city without a personal cell phone. There are various service providers offering a huge variety of plans. Among them are Mobilink, Warid Telecom, Telenor, Ufone & Zong (China Mobile). Its not a bad idea to buy a cell phone and use a prepaid plan to get yourself connected while you are in the city. The mobile phones and the prepaid plans are very cheap; you can usually get a new cheap cell phone just for Rs 2,000 and a prepaid connection for Rs 150-400.
Street crime in Karachi is about what you'd expect from a big city. Use common sense and avoid dangerous areas. Avoid going out alone, or walking by yourself on dark, empty streets. Never flash electronics or valuables in public; keep your cell phones, watches, and purses in a safe place. These things easily attract attention. There are also con men looking out for foreigners, so if someone you don't trust approaches you, just keep on walking. Beware of pickpockets when you are in any crowded areas.
If you are planning to see colonial public buildings, especially those that are located on MA Jinnah road or Preedy street, try to see them at late evening, after 10PM or at early morning, before 7AM because traffic in those streets are a nightmare during the day time.
The people of Karachi are very hospitable. They tend to welcome any foreigner very warmly, but regardless of how nice someone seems you should remain aware and alert at all times, and try to keep a low profile at all times.
Karachi has mostly been spared the attacks that have happened in the rest of the country, but "mostly" is a relative term. You should always keep the emergency telephone contact numbers of your country's consulate in Karachi.
There should be no serious danger in the affluent parts of the city. Defence and Clifton are regarded as safe at all times, as they are populated by the city's business and cultural elite. These districts offer the most "tourist-friendly" experience of Karachi, given that there will be no language barrier (most Pakistanis can speak some English, and many people in these districts will be completely fluent). Most visitors will find there is a large degree of cultural understanding and compatibility between the residents of Karachi and western tourists.
Traffic jams are a major hassle in Karachi. Although the city government has recently built dozens of underpasses and flyovers to get rid of the overflow of the traffic, it is a good idea to keep a look for any rallies/protests and check out alternate routes while traveling in the city. Do not attempt to drive in Karachi if you are new to the city since drivers are aggressive and chaotic.
Pedestrians should be careful while crossing roads as some drivers will neither slow down nor sound a horn to warn of an impending accident. This also applies when getting out of the car on the traffic side; look both ways until you are off the road and don't hesitate to run if you sense a car barreling towards you. Minibus drivers are particularly notorious.
Aga Khan Hospital is by far the best private hospital in the city, with world class medical care at an affordable cost. The free-government hospitals, however, aren't up to par with what some visitors may be used to.
Karachi national hospital of kidney transplant and endoscopy.
NOTE: Some districts such as Orangi town and Lyari town are home to regular conflicts between gang groups and other criminals. These conflicts can result in loss of life, so visiting the effected areas should be done with caution.
Moenjodaro- An ancient civilization, not to be missed by history buffs
Thatta - Once a famous center of learning, arts, and commerce, as well as a provisional capital for about four centuries. Visit Makli a UN World heritage site, Debal The first Mosque of South Asia was built in 8th Century A.D. by Muhammad Bin Qasim, Jamia Masjid - built by Mughal emperor Shah Jehan -who also built Taj Mahal, Haleji Lake - Famous Birds sanctuary and Sunway Lagoon Waterpark. 55 km away from Karachi.
Keenjhar Lake Resort- 16 miles from Thatta on left side is the famous Keenjhar Lake with cottages for overnight stay. Here, travelers can take a break, go boating, bird-watching and fishing. At night you can light beachcombers' torches to extend your enjoyment of the day, before turning in at your cottage. The cottages are booked through Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) offices located in Karachi on Stratchen Road, opposite Hotel Metropole.
Kirthar National park - An absolutely beautiful park.
Hungol National Park- The biggest park in Pakistan, with sites including volcanoes and remnants of the country's ancient civilizations.
Makran Coastal Highway - (Over 770 km From Karachi to Gwadar) provides a unique destination for tourists. The highway, which follows the route that Alexander the Great took through the coastal belt of Balochistan in 325 BC, takes you by some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
It is apparently possible to take cargo ships from Karachi to a few ports around the Middle East like Dubai, Oman and other cities.
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