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Downtown Karachi

Karachi [1] (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.

Understand

Day breaks over Karachi

Karachi is a huge city with several districts. Districts of Karachi division are as follow:

  • South Karachi (Clifton and Defence in S/E and Saddar)

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 Town which contains the old markets and areas of Karachi including Empress Market, Burns Rd, Tariq Rd, 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 Rd, 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.

  • West Karachi (SII Chundrigar RD, ITE, Kharadar, Lyari, and Kemari in S/W by the port)

SITE is Karachi's Industrial heartland, II Chundrigar RD 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.

Climate

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).

Culture

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.

Festivals

  • Sindh Sea Festival [2]
  • Kara International Film Festival [3] 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.
  • Hamara Karachi [4]
  • Arts Council [5]
  • All Pakistan Music Conference [6]
  • Dolphin Show [7]
  • Karachi Literature Festival [8] [9]
  • Karachi Classic Car Show [10]
  • Karachi Photo Walk [11]
  • Karachi Fashion Week [12]

Get in

Karachi Circular Railway
Kemari Boat Basin in Karachi

By plane

Jinnah International Airport (IATA: KHI ICAO: OPKC), [13], is Karachi's largest international and domestic airport. It has connections to many other hubs such as Toronto, London, Dubai, Delhi Singapore. It is also the hub for Pakistan International Airlines [14], Pakistan's national carrier, which flies to numerous destinations, including all the major cities in Pakistan, and international cities such as Beijing, Barcelona, London, New York, Toronto, Istanbul, Kabul, Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Milan, Kuala Lumpur, Oslo, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow], Hong Kong, Dhaka, Sharjah, Al Ain, Kathmandu, Kuwait, Mumbai, Muscat, Riyadh, Jeddah, Amman, Bangkok and Tokyo. Facilities in the airport include several restaurants including McDonald's and Butlers, ATMs, CIP lounge, Wi-Fi, Free Internet kiosk (in Departures), hotels and a duty free shop selling Rugs, Carpets, Sports Goods, Medical Instruments, Onyx, Gems and many more at the most cheapest prices but doesn't sell alcohol. Immigration and customs procedures are no longer as tedious an ordeal as they used to be.

By bus

Daewoo Sammi [15] offers some direct services to/from Karachi, Hyderabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore and Islamabad, UAN ☎ +92 21 111 007-008.

By train

First Class travel with Pakistan Railways [16] is good, and Karachi has railway connections with various major cities in Pakistan including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Rawalpindi, & Peshawar. The Karachi Circular Railway which has not been used for years is planned to be re-started. India is directly connected with Karachi via Rail, using the Thar Express which started in Feb-2007. The Thar Express runs weekly between Bhagat Ki Kothi near Jodhpur, India and Karachi.

By boat

Karachi is a major trading hub for dhows from around the Indian Ocean. Travellers wanting to arrive in the city this way will probably need to make their own arrangements with the captain of the vessel.

Get around

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.

By bus

The most common method of traveling in Karachi is by bus, private and Government-run, and is used by most people. 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.

By taxi

  • Black and Yellow taxis don't have any meter, so you should first fix the charge and the location with the driver before getting in. The official rate per kilometer is around Rs 7 but expect to pay around double.
  • White Cab, ☎ +92 21 111 789-786 or within Karachi ☎ +92 21 111 789-786. Per kilometer rate is Rs 15 plus Rs 50 calling charges. A/C, can be called in at the airport or anywhere in the city. Typical cost for a full day (8 hr, 150 km) is US$25.
  • Metro Cabs, ☎ +92 21 111 222-787, +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, [17] ☎ +92 21 5677721-23 with limousine fleets
  • 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
  • Citi Cab, ☎ +92 21 5650581
  • FVG Cab, (UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 126-111
  • Karachi Cab, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 527-222
  • Sana Cabs, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 222-787
  • CallCar, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 -092-021-Corolla Fleets
  • Smart Cabs, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 000-747.

By car hire

It’s easier to hire a car with driver.

  • 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;). [18]

By Rickshaw

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, [19] ☎ +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

See

Beaches and waterfront

Riding on the beach in Karachi
  • Port Grand [20]. is an extensive food street and entertainment complex located at Port of Karachi near Native Jetty Bridge. It has a pedestrian friendly pier, housing different restaurants on one side and views of Karachi Harbor on the other side. It also has shopping malls, art galleries, a tavern area, and a Hindu temple. There is an entry fee, and entrance is "strictly for families". Single males forbidden except for Wednesday evenings.
  • 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.
  • 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 there. Try to visit the park at late evening hours when the park is lit. It is closed in the daytime anyhow.
  • Boat Basin Park, (Benazir Bhutto Park). The most expensively built park in the country.
  • Do Darya, also referred as Devil's Point in DHA Phase 8 next to the Arabian sea has now become a giant food street housing several authentic restaurants such as Kolachi, Charcoal, Ambala, Afridi Inn and several others.
  • 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, breeding ground for endangered turtles
  • Sandspit Beach, also visit the WWF Wetland center
  • French Beach, often cited as Karachi’s most beautiful beach.
  • Paradise Point, rock promontory in the sea with a natural arch
  • Tushan Beach, [21] a minute away from French Beach it has a mixture of small hills with a perfect sandy beach with 30 huts only
  • Russian Beach, near Gharo

Islands

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 on rent. 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 we 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 [22] organize weekly trips to the island.

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 large park surrounding the mausoleum.
  • Aga Khan University hospital, (near Karsaz), was planned and designed by Payette Associates. The building 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.
  • Frere Hall, Bagh-e-Jinnah, houses Sadequain Galerie, library plus a peaceful garden.
  • Mohatta palace Museum of regional history [23], Clifton offers a diverse range of activities for both the casual and informed visitor.
  • Pakistan Air Force Museum, [24], Karsaz.
  • Pakistan Maritime Museum, Karsaz.
  • PIA Planetarium, (next to Karachi Expo Centre, on main University Rd). 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, [25], on main University road, opposite City and District Government Offices.
  • Koocha-e-Saqafat ,(National Arts Council), M.R. Kayani Rd.
  • Masjid e Tooba, (in Defence) is the largest single-domed mosque in the world.
  • 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, Dr Ziau-ddin Ahmed Rd. Displays a 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. Open 10AM-1PM. and 2PM-5PM Thursday and Saturday through Tuesday; 9AM-12 noon.
  • State Bank Museum, I.I Chundigar Rd, (Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar Rd)
  • Unicorn Gallery, [26], Deals in paintings by Old Masters and Contemporary Artists from South Asia. The gallery showcases a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, installations etc.
  • 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, [27]. In the middle of mangrove forests on 35 min drive away from the city centre. Trips to mangrove forests, beaches, bird watching, turtle watching, lake watching and nature excursions can be arranged. It also houses a museum.
  • 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 has 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
  • Karachi Municipal Offices, MA Jinnah Rd.
  • Khaliqdina Hall, MA Jinnah Rd.
  • City Court Building, MA Jinnah Rd.
  • Denso Hall, MA Jinnah Rd.
  • Imperial Customs House, MA Jinnah Rd.
  • Napier Barracks, Club Rd.
  • Quaid-e-Azam house museum, Club Rd.
  • Trinity Church, Near Club Rd.
  • Sind Club [28], Club Rd.
  • Frere Hall, Opposite Marriott hotel, Abdullah haroon Rd.
  • Karachi Gymkhana, [29], Club Rd.
The imposing Empress Market
  • Karachi Cotton Exchange, II Chundrigar road
  • 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

Do

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.

Culture

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.

Sports

One is spoiled for choice by the variety of sports that can be found in Karachi. 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.

  • Snorkelling, Explore the beautiful aquatic life of Karachi at a totally different level. Spend a thrilling, fun and excitement filled day with Divers Reef [30] at the Churna Island and know what true open sea adventure is all about for PKR 3500.
  • Scuba diving, Karachi Scuba Diving Center [31] organizes and promotes swimming, lifesaving, skin diving and scuba diving, through training programs to provide a complete range of instructions.
  • Water sports, 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.
  • Go Aish Adventure park, University Rd, [32] 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.

Amusement parks & wildlife

Don't miss the indoor kids theme parks that are located inside shopping malls, listed under Buy

  • Dreamworld Resorts, [33] 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.
  • 5D Cinema, [34],a 8 seat movie cinema is located inside Emerald Mall Karachi offering a unique movie experience.
  • Aladdin Amusement Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, [35].
  • Askari Park, Main University Rd. The reptilian house and aquarium are worth a visit.
  • Hill park & Jheel park, (near Tariq Rd),. Birds eye view of Karachi.
  • Go-Aish Adventure park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, [36].
  • Dolphin Show, [37] 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.
  • Polo ground, Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Rd.
  • 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, [38].
  • Sindbad, is the indoor kids theme park located inside different shopping malls in Karachi, the one inside Dolmen City Clifton is the largest.

Other things you might be interested in doing is catching a movie at Karachi's Atrium 3D Cinema [39] or Karachi Cineplex [40]. Or catch a bird's-eye view of the animals from the Chair lifts at Karachi Safari park [41] or visit The Arena, [42] a gaming arcade at Karsaz offering an ice skating rink, bowling alley, minigolf, arcade games, rock-climbing and much more or Area 51, a bowling alley.

  • Water parks: located in the suburbs of the city near the Super highway:

Relaxation

For those who love watching the city skyline, they can visit Hill Park, an amusement park, offering a nice view of the City.

  • You can also 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.
  • 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 fish, yacht, ride horses and camels, collect sea shells and dive.
  • Explore the under water world, marine life and coral reefs via Scuba Diving.
  • 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 be hired at the marshes of the PNSC building. Manora Island also has a shrine and some hundred-year old monuments. A Riding Victoria type horse carriage from Polo ground to Clifton can be a memorable experience.
  • Karachi has recently been experiencing a spa boom, and there is now plenty of choice for everything from holistic Ayurveda to green tea hydrotherapy. Good spas can be found in most five-star hotels such as Avari, PC and on Zamzama Avenue.
  • 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.

Clubs

Karachi has numerous quality country clubs. If you know anyone who has membership (they are, of course, restricted) check them out.

  • Arabian Sea Country Club, Bin Qasim, [45], [46].
  • Aga Khan sports club, Stadium Rd.
  • Auto travel club, 72 Garden Rd, [47].
  • Arena [48], Karsaz Rd. Ice skating rink, bowling alley, mini golf, arcade games and rock climbing.
  • Civil Aviation Club, Star gate, Sharah-e-Faisal
  • Carlton resort hotel & club, DC-5, Opp. Zulfiqar Street, Phase 8, D.H.A. UAN, ☎ +92 21 111 727 272, Dinner & boating excursion.
  • Countryside Chalets, Club E Resort, Super Highway, [49].
  • Dreamworld Resort, Hotel and Golf club, (adjacent to Gulshan-e-Maymar, off main Super Highway), [50].
  • DHA Creek Club, Phase 8, DHA.
  • DHA Golf Club, Phase 8 DHA, [51].
  • Karachi Boat Club, MT Khan Rd.
  • Karachi Club, Ziauddin Ahmed Rd.
  • Karachi Gymkhana[52], 4 Club Rd.
  • Karachi Race club
  • Karachi Scuba Diving, [53].
  • Karsaz golf club, Karsaz, [54].
  • Kashmir Club, Kashmir Rd, PECHS.
  • Marina Club, [55], DHA.
  • PAF Yacht club, Korangi creek.
  • Pavilion end club, Rashid Minhas Rd, (adjacent to Alladin park), [56]. Club house, sporting facilities and swimming pools.
  • Sea View riding & Equestrian club, Clifton
  • Sind Club, Abdullah haroon Rd, [57].
  • Sunset Club, Khayaban-e-Jami, Phase 2 Extension, D.H.A
  • The Royal Rodale, TC-V, 34th Street, Khayaban-e-Sehar, Phase-V, Ext.,DHA UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 000-168, [58]. 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, [59]

Learn

  • 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 (info@indusscuba.com), [60]. 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.

Work

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 [61].you can also do acting in one of the largest play and drama industry of world kariwood.most of the dramas are aired in karachi with hundreds of thousands of studios.you can also work in morning shows.

Buy

Karachi is the 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; a recent survey by the Times newspaper (UK) found Karachi to be the second-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 (Rs). It is usually advised to get your foreign currency converted in local currency before you buy stuff (off course thats only applicable if you're planning to buy with cash not credit card). A number of licensed currency exchange companies operate their offices located in various parts of the cities 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 Khanani & Kalia, and Galaxy International. 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 free on to you should you choose to use a credit card, but this is negotiable so don't hesitate to haggle.

ATMs exist in most areas and accept major credit cards.

Places to shop

The Forum Mall
Shopping at a Karachi bazaar
  • Atrium Mall [62], Zebunissa Street. is one of the brand new and largest shopping mall in the city. Its home to Karachi's only 3D Cinema, Gaming Zone and a giant food court.
  • Dolmen City Mall, Sea View is currently the largest shopping mall in the city of Karachi is home to numerous high street shops, a huge Carrefour hyper market, Sindbad amusement park and a food court.
  • Chase Value Centre, Khaid bin Waleed Rd, (behind Tariq Rd). [63]. Department store selling 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, [64]. Includes Shop, food court, a superstore, an indoor kids theme park and art gallery.
  • Dolmen Mall,Tariq Rd. Shops, food court and indoor kids theme park.
  • Lavish Mall, Tariq Rd.
  • Jumeirah Mall, Tariq Road
  • Millennium Mall, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Includes shops, restaurants, indoor kids theme park, Dmart superstore, cocktail bar and a bowling alley.
  • Makro Wholesale Centre, Saddar, Sharah-e-Faisal, [65]. Also houses famous clothing brands like Gul Ahmed, Kurta corner, Cambridge and Junaid Jamshed.
  • Metro Cash & Carry, University Rd, (before Go Aish Adventure park), [66].
  • Hyperstar - Carrefour, Inside Dolmen Mall, Clifton
  • Awami Markaz, Sharah-e-Faisal.
  • Naheed Super Market, (near Tariq Rd). Superstores chain.
  • Aghas super market, Shop no 1,Uzma court DC 3,Block 8,Clifton,Karachi.
  • Sea View, Bahadurabad, [67]. Superstores chain.
  • Dreams, Mohd Ali Society. Lal Qila Lane, Karsaz, (near Kay bees restaurant).
  • ARY Cash 'n' Carry, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, [68]. Superstores chain.

Some of the main bazaars in Karachi that deserve a visit:

  • Tariq Road Bazaar, is currently the largest shopping district of the city. It also houses several malls such as Dolmen Tariq road, Jumeirah and Lavish.
  • 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

  • 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 [69]. For upscale designers boutiques go to Zamzama Avenue, It is to be mentioned 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 [70], 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.
  • 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 &amp cameras, Preedy St.
  • 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.

  • Gold jewellery, Gold souks are located in Zebunissa market, some estimated suggest Gold in the city is cheaper than in Dubai.
  • Wood carvings
  • 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, biscuits and Mitchells chocolate.
  • Home accessories, visit shops located in Dolmen mall at Tariq Rd.
  • Art galleries
  • 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. [71]
  • Momart, The Art Gallery, Anum Classic,Mezzanine,Main Shahrah-e-Faisal
  • Reevaj, The Art Gallery, at [Park towers]http://www.parktowers.com.pk/
  • Louvre Art gallery, 9 Pearl Haven, Block 5, Clifton
  • Canvas Art gallery, A-3 Hassan Homes, Block 5, Clifton, Clifton Rd
  • Zinaini, Clifton Commercial Area,

Eat

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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 the trendy shopping district of Zamzama in Defence.

One can 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 or Dunkin Donuts ☎ +92 21 111 366-887. The beauty of the food in Karachi is that you will probably find cuisine for every taste.

Food districts

  • 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 [72], 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.

Pakistani

  • 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.
  • Laziz Mix Fruit Chat, Liberty Chowk Tariq Rd.
  • Chandni, (Pearl Continental Hotel), Club Rd, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 505-505.
  • Chawal Inn, Boat Basin, Clifton
  • Foodies, University Rd, Gulshan Iqbal, (adjacent Bait-ul-Mukkaram Mosque). BBQ and fast food.
  • Highway Garden Restaurant, Main Super Highway, (near Tool Plaza), ☎ +92 300 822-0320
  • Jans chicken, Boat Basin, Khayaban-e-Roomi, (opposite Clifton Jamat khana).
  • Marco Polo, (Pearl Continental Hotel), Club Rd, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 505-505.
  • Mela, Main Rashid Minhas Rd, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, (near Alladin amusement park and also at Saddar near Arts Council). Buffet and kids theme restaurant.
  • Mughal Darbar, Boat Basin, (opposite Sailing Club),
  • Oasis, Hill Park.
  • Qasr-E-Nakheel, Boat Basin, Clifton.
  • Sajjad Restaurant, Main Super Highway, (near Caltex petrol pump), ☎ +92 21 826-7330
  • The Pakistani, (Sheraton Hotel), Club Rd, ☎ +92 21 563-3333
  • Village Garden Grill and BBQ, Club Rd, (opposite Avari towers). Great BBQ and restaurant. One of the top ones in Karachi. ☎ +92 21 521-2880
  • If anyone is looking for "chaat" (a local-fare of chickpeas mixed with other things)
  • Laziz Mix Fruit Chat, Tariq Rd. Well known and hygienically well mannered place.
  • Chatkharay, Khadda Market, Defence.
  • Cafe Hassan, Civil Hospital, (near S.I.U.T Hospital). It is famous in Birayni and tea. 10AM-3PM.
  • Pitaco's Food Delivery. ☎ +92 21 3587-0530-31, [73]. Pakistan's food delivery service delivering Greek, Mexican, Italian & Continental cuisine.

Chinese and other East Asian

  • China Town, Com. 7/3, Khayaban-e-Saadi, Kehkashan Block 2, Clifton, ☎ +92 21 586-0528, +92 21 537-4423
  • Chairman Mao, Phase 6, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 585-3333, +92 21 535-0855, Delivery Only
  • Dynasty, Avari Towers, Fatima Jinnah Rd., ☎ +92 21 566-0100 ext. 2080
  • Jade Garden, Sea Breeze Heights, Fl-2 Khayaban-e-Saadi, Block 2, Clifton, ☎ +92 21 586-5650, +92 21 583-1126
  • Suzie Wong, Marriott Hotel, 9 Abdullah Haroon Road, ☎ +92 21 568-0111
  • Sweet and Sour, 55-C, Khayaban-e-Muslim, Muslim Commercial Area, Phase 6, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 584-0996, +92 21 584-0997
  • Tai Pan, (Pearl Continental Hotel), Club Road, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 505-505
  • Singapore Sling, Clifton, (near the beach). Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese foods and BBQ, Great food, clean and reasonable.
  • The Korean, Clifton, (near Schoen Circle),
  • Telefood, 24th street DHA II, ☎ +92 21 3589-2372, +92 21 3589-0384. Free home delivery Pakistani, Chinese, Italian, English and BBQ menu to choose from,
  • Peking, Bahadurabad.

Continental

  • Asia Live, (Avari Towers), Fatima Jinnah Rd, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 282-747
  • Cafe 9, 5-E, 9th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 529-5081, +92 21 529-5082
  • Cafe Zouk, Plot No. 27/C, Khayaban-e-Shamsheer, Phase 5, D.H.A, Clifton, ☎ +92 21 585-6491, +92 21 585-6492
  • Cafe Flo, Clifton, (near three swords in the Alliance Francaise).
  • Clifton Grill, Plot No. 2/A, K.D.A., Scheme 5, Clifton, ☎ +92 21 587-9335, +92 21 587-9336
  • Cafe Grand, Abdullah Haroon Rd, (opposite Metropole Hotel).
  • Cactus Cafe, 71/C, 24 St., Phase-V, D.H.A, Off. Khayaban-e-Tanzeem
  • Copper Ketle, Shazz building, Stadium Road, Gulshan Iqbal
  • Don Corleone's Cafe & Restaurant, Mall Square, 6th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 583-0615
  • Evolution, 66C-68C, 25th Street, Tauheed Commercial Area, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 586-0941, +92 21 582-4651
  • Excellent, Marine Arcade, Kehkashan,Clifton
  • Fuchsia, E-23, 2nd Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 536-3944, +92 21 536-3948
  • Garnish, 1st Floor, Awami Markaz, Shahra-e- Faisal
  • Hang Out, Plot #23-C, Mezzanine Floor, DS123, Badar Commercial Area, 26th Street, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 824-9060, +92 21 534-5072
  • Henny Penny, # 99, 9th Commercial, Phase-IV, D.H.A
  • Kabana Restaurant, Clifton Food Centre, Opp.Bilawal House
  • Kay Bees Mohd Ali society, near Karsaz, Lal Qila restaurant lane
  • Le Grand, 9-E, 7th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 582-0186, +92 21 582-0187
  • Lotus Court, Sheraton hotel, Club Rd
  • Maxim's, UBL Building, Main Clifton Rd
  • New York Cafe, 10-C, 6th Zamzama Lane, Phase-V, Main Zamzama Blvd., D.H.A
  • Patio, F-50/1, Block- 4 , Clifton
  • Saint's, 12-C, 26th Street,Tauhid Commercial Area, Phase-V, D.H.A
  • Secret Recipe, Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, Phase 6 DHA.
  • Shangrila International Restaurant, Avari towers
  • The Elbow Room, Mumtaz Hussain Street, I.I. Chundrigar Rd, ☎ +92 21 241-2241, +92 21 241-2242
  • Topkani Restaurant, Arts Council Building, M.R. Kayani Rd
  • Village, Opposite Avari towers, Club Rd, Also offers Sheesha.
  • Zen, 49-C, Khayaban-e-Sehar, Phase-VI, DHA
  • Telepizza. Pizza home delivery to DHA and Clifton 24th Commercial Street DHA II, ☎ +92 21 3204-3533, +92 21 3539-1783

Indian

  • Cafe Coffee Day, First Stadium Lane, Khayaban-e-Shamsheer, Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 546-3814, Live rock bands, usually on random Saturday nights. Call for schedule.
  • Chatkharay, 27-C, Stadium Lane No. 2, Phase 5, D.H.A. , UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 242-854
  • Dumpukht, (Marriott Hotel), 9 Abdullah Haroon Rd, ☎ +92 21 568-0111 Ext. 2201, Show: Indian traditional dancer every night except Monday from 8PM-11:30PM.
  • Gazebo, Saba Commercial, 2-C Saba Commercial Area, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 111 842-1167, 585-2406 and at 3-C Gul Arcade, Commercial Lane 1, Khaada Market,

Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 842-1169.

  • Ponderosa South Indian, C-11, Alfalah Building, Mohammad Ali Society.
  • Delhi Muslim Kali, Plot #23-C, Zamzama Boulevard, Land-2, D.H.A.
  • Bombay Bakery & Nimco, Millenium Mall, Rashid Minhas Rd.

Thai

  • Baan Thai, 23-C, 2nd, Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 586-9084, +92 21 586-9085
  • Fuchsia, E-23, 2nd Commercial Lane, Zamzama Phase 5, D.H.A.
  • Royal Blue Elephant, Pearl Continental Hotel, Club Road, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 505-505
  • Sawasdee, 29-C, Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, Phase 6, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 111 535-0771, +92 21 535-0772
  • Thai Seafood, Old Sunset boulevard.
  • Thai Express, Marine Arcade No. 5, Block 3, Clifton

Italian

  • Cafe Aylanto, 2-C, 9th Commercial Lane, Zamzama , Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 587-5724
  • Limoncello, 14-C, 7h Zamzama Commercial Lane, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 530-1973, +92 21 530-1974
  • Pompeii, Shapes Health Club Compound, Old Railway Club, 139 Mc Niel Road, Cantt, ☎ +92 21 521-4684, +92 21 521-9657
  • Thyme, 11-C, 1st Commercial Lane, Zamzama , Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 321 921-1901
  • Quattro, 147-C, Khayaban-e-Seher , Phase 6, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 524-3257, +92 21 524-3258

Japanese

  • Cozmo, Sheraton Hotel, Club Rd, ☎ +92 21 563-3333
  • Fujiyama, Avari Towers, Fatima Jinnah Rd, ☎ +92 21 566-0100 ext. 2076
  • Kamameshi, C-22, Suite No. 2, 26th Street, Tauheed Commercial Area, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 530-4257, +92 21 530-4258
  • Sakura, (Pearl Continental Hotel), Club Rd.

Lebanese

  • Beirut, 7th Commercial Lane, Zamzama Phase ☎ +92 21 530 1973, +92 21 530 174
  • Kabab-Ji, Sheraton Hotel, Club Road, ☎ +92 21 563-3333
  • Meezaj Restaurant (Arabian food center), Chapal ocean center, Sea View, Near Bilawal house, Clifton, ☎ +92 21 537-3077 is in the lane next to shabestan (Iranian restaraunt) and Live Rostrum.

Mediterranean

  • Cafe Aylanto, 2-C, 9th Commercial Lane, Zamzama Phase 5, D.H.A.
  • Nadia Cafe, Marriott Hotel, 9 Abdullah Haroon Road, ☎ +92 21 568-0111, (Theme Nights/Call For Cuisine Schedule)
  • Okra , 12-C, 10th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 583-1350, +92 21 586-6616
  • Olive Bistro & Grill, Shop #2, Plot 27/C, Stadium Lane 2, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 534-5270
  • The Deli, 5-C, 1st Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 583-8954, +92 21 854-5790

Pizza

  • Domino's Pizza,(4 Locations) Nursery , North Nazimabad , Zamzama Boulevard and National Stadium Road. UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 366-466
  • La Pizza Pie, 1/A, Marine Arcade, Block 3, Clifton, ☎ +92 21 529-2301
  • Papa John's Pizza, Main Clifton road also at D.A. Degree College Ground
  • Pizza One, Arsal House, Main Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Block 3, P.E.C.H.S.
  • Shakey's Pizza, BC-7, Block-5, Crystal Court, KDA Scheme-5, Kehkashan, Clifton
  • Pizza Hut (19 Locations) easily found in most areas of the city
  • Penny Pizza, Shahrah-e-Jahangir Road, Near Tahir Villa, Block 6, F B ARea
  • Telepizza,C9-C 24th Commercial Street DHA II Ext. ☎, +92 21 3204-3533, +92 21 3539 1783. Free home delivery.

Sea Food

  • Aqua Lounge, 18-C, 1st Floor, 5th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 537-6700, +92 21 537-6701
  • 'Nadia Cafe, (Marriott Hote)l, 9 Abdullah Haroon Rd, ☎ +92 21 568-0111, (Theme Nights/Call For Cuisine Schedule)
  • Thai Seafood, Old Sunset Boulevard, DHA

Steak houses

  • Arizona Grill , (4 Locations) DHA Country Golf Club, Clifton near Teen Talwar, 20-C 2nd Commercial Lane, Main Zamzama Boulevard, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 3583-4974 and at Bahadurabad, #5, Ground Floor, Iqbal Arcade, Main Shaheed-e-Millat Rd, ☎ +92 21 3438-2055, +92 21 3438-2056
  • Copper Kettle, (2 Locations) 6th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 3583-8659 and at CK2, Plot # P.P.14, Sir Shah Soleman Rd, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, ☎ +92 21 3482-7571
  • Gun Smoke, 10th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 3536-2283
  • Jason's Steakhouse, (Pearl Continental Hotel), Club Rd, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 505-505

Others

  • Arizona Express, Marine Pride, Block 7, Clifton
  • Build Your Own Burger (BYOB) , Main Khayaban-e-Bader at 26th Street, Phase 5, D.H.A., Tel: ☎ +92 21 534-8099
  • Crab Attack, ☎ +92 21 201-9687, Boating excursion & seafood buffet. Private bookings.
  • 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

Splurge

  • BBQ Tonight, Com. 5/1 Boat Basin, Block 5, Clifton, [74]. 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, [75]. 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.

Drink

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Drinking alcohol in public areas is nominally banned, 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..

Cafes

  • 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.
  • Basement, (off Zamzama Ave).
  • Bowling Cafe, Royal Rodale, TC-V, 34th St, Khayaban-e-Sehar, Phase-V, Ext.,DHA, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 000-168
  • Celsius, Defence Phase II, adjacent to Iqra University, UAN: ☎ +923343828155, ☎ +923218950766
  • Cinnamon, Avari Towers, Fatima Jinnah Rd, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 282-747
  • CAFE 9, 5-E, 9th Commercial Ln, Zamzama , Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 529-5081, +92 21 529-5082
  • Cafe Chatterbox, 3-C, 3rd Commercial Ln, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 583-0337, +92 21 586-9548
  • Cafe Fresh, (Juice Zone), Shop No. 1 Main Zamzama Blvd. Phase 5, D.H.A.
  • Cafe Lamore, 4,I-C, 3rd Commercial Ln, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 581-0061
  • Cafe Lagoon, (Dreamworld Resort), [76], (off main Super Highway), ☎ +92 21 32219236, +92 21 32219246
  • Cafe Sheesha, Clifton
  • Casbah & 007 Club, (Beach Luxury hotel), MT Khan Rd. Saturday night dance party. Couples only. Call to confirm. ☎ +92 21 561-1031
  • Creek inn, DHA 8
  • Don Coreleons Cafe & Restaurant, Mall Square, 6th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 583-0615
  • Damascus Cafe, (near KPT Underpass), Block-9, Clifton, ☎ +92 301 824-9444, +92 300 824-9444
  • Dunkin Donuts, 11 Locations around the city.
  • Déjá Vu, Clifton
  • Indulge, For Sheesha, Park Towers. [77] ☎ +92 21 587-7953, Millennium Mall, Rashid Minhas Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. ☎ +92 21 460-0995, +92 21 460-0996
  • Koel Cafe, F-42/2, Block 4 Scheme 5, Clifton Karachi, Pakistan. ☎ +92 21 530-9745
  • Kahva, 6-C, Mustafa Arcade, Block A, S.M.C.H.S. ☎ +92 21 455-3395, +92 21 455-3582
  • Latte Lounge, C3C, Nishat Commercial Area, Phase 6, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 534-8631
  • OLÉ, Plot #22, C-1, 6th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 529-5144, +92 21 529-5145
  • 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.
  • Roadside Cafe, F-10, FL 19, Block 5, Kehkashan, Clifton. ☎ +92 21 586-9777, +92 21 586-9778
  • Roasters, 10-C, 2nd Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 530-2204, +92 21 530-2205
  • The Sports Bar C-22, Suite No. 2, 26th St, Tauheed Commercial Area Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 530-4257, +92 21 530-4258
  • The Elbow room, Mumtaz Hussain St, I.I. Chundrigar Rd, ☎ +92 21 241-2241, +92 21 241-2242
  • The Grapewine, Pearl Continental Hotel, Club Rd, UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 505-505
  • Venus Cafe (Carlton Resort Hotel & Club), DC-5, Phase 8, D.H.A (opp. Zulfiqar St). ☎ +92 21 584-9172 UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 727-272

Coffee houses

  • Avenue Art Cafe, 33-C, 6th Commercial Lane, Zamzama , Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 582-3972, +92 21 583-0983
  • Alao Coffee House, Shop #37, SB 3 K.D.A., Scheme 1 ☎ +92 21 200-5129
  • Coffee Day, First Stadium Lane, Khayaban-e-Shamsheer, Phase 5, D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 546-3814, Live rock bands, usually on random Saturday nights. Call for schedule
  • Ciao, 3/1-C, 6th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 587-7974
  • Espresso ( 3 locations),The Forum Shopping mall, Clifton ,10th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 582-4007 ,Main Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, Commercial Area Phase 6 D.H.A. ☎ +92 21 534-2725.
  • Fanoos Coffee Shop Sheraton Hotel Club Rd. ☎ +92 21 563-3333
  • Lattetude, Clifton
  • 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) [78], 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 &amp 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.)

Cigar lounges

  • Castro's Cigar lounge, Carlton Hotel, DC-5, Opp. Zulfiqar Street, Phase 8, D.H.A., UAN: ☎ +92 21 111 727-272
  • Cigar Bar, 6th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 530-2006
  • Club Havana, 2, Vawda House, 10C, 10th Commercial Lane, Zamzama , Phase 5, D.H.A., ☎ +92 21 537-4463, +92 21 582-1696
  • Mizaaj, Clifton. An Egyptian theme restaurant, is also famous for cigars.

Nightlife

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, [79] 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.
  • 'Arts Council, [80]. Live theatre.
  • Karaoke nights & Live Bands at Purple haze, at Base Rock cafe [81] (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

Sleep

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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.

Budget

  • 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), [82].
  • Hotel Crown Inn Sadder, 171 Frere Rd Saddar, (near Passport office), ☎ +92 21 35622001-5, [83].
  • 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).
  • Umpire Hotel, Lilly Rd, (near Railway St).
  • Downtown Lodge, Clifton Road, (Near Forum Shopping Mall)☎ +92 314 8082582.

Mid range

  • Beach Luxury Hotel, MT Khan Rd, [84] offers view of China creek.
  • Carlton Hotel, DHA Phase-8 [85]. Beach resort away from the city centre. Next to Area 51 bowling alley, DHA Golf club and Creek club.
  • Countryside Chalets, Club E Resort, [86], Super Highway
  • Days Inn, Shahrah-e-Faisal, [87]
  • Dream World Resort, [88], Super Highway
  • Embassy Hotel, Shahrah-e-Faisal [89]
  • Mehran Hotel, Shahrah-e-Faisal, [90]
  • Regent Plaza, Shahrah-e-Faisal, [91]
  • Sea View Guest house, Beach Ave, DHA Phase VI [92]

Splurge

  • Karachi Sheraton Hotel And Towers, Club Rd, [93]
  • Pearl Continental hotel, Club Rd, [94]
  • Avari Towers, Club Rd, [95]
  • Marriott Hotel, Abdullah Haroon Rd, [96]
  • Ramada Plaza Hotel, Karachi Airport, [97]
  • DA Golf club Chalets, DHA [98]

Contact

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.

Stay safe

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.

Cope

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.

Consulates

  • Gr-flag.png Greece, 101 Beaumont Plaza, 10th Beaumont Road, +92 21 568 0451-4 (fax: +92 21 568 0565).

Best hospitals in karachi:

  • Agha khan university hospital.
  • Agha khan clifton hospital.
  • Australian concept of infertility and medicine.
  • Health care hospital:Clifton and Defence.
  • Karachi national hospital of kidney transplant and endoscopy.

Stay safe

Travel Warning

NOTE: Some districts such as Sadar 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.


Get out

  • 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.
  • Somiani Caves - Spectacular and amazing
  • 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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