Flights to Islamabad (ISB)

Ringed by verdant hills, Islamabad’s intriguing history, breathtakingly brilliant cuisine and wide range of hotel options are sure to impress.
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Islamabad, Pakistan

What to do in Islamabad

Shop at L’Atelier

Pakistan’s vibrant and playful haute couture scene has made waves at fashion weeks across the world. Check out the latest emerging designers at L’Atelier, a multi-brand department store. If anything, you’ll get a real sense of excitement around the growing market.

1A Main Kohistan Road
Corner of Street 2
F-8/3
+92 333 577 5033
latelier-pk.com

Visit Gallery 6

Drop into Gallery 6, which houses the largest private art collection in the city, with more than 1200m of wall space. The works are a mixture of Pakistan’s contemporary and emerging artists, and offer a real insight into the attitude of the city.

House 19, Street 10
F-8/3
+92 51 226 2733
gallery6islamabad.com

Trek Shakarparian

While there is no shortage of viewpoints across hilly Islamabad from which to take in the green cityscape, avoid the crowds at Pir Sohawa in the Margalla Hills and head to Shakarparian. This pretty spot offers a closer view of the city and is home to the Pakistan Monument Museum.

Shakarparian National Park
Shakarparian Road

Visit Saidpur

A pretty Mughal-era village, Saidpur is a lovely place to spend an evening. This ancient settlement with ties to Greek, Buddhist and Mughal civilisations has been turned into a tourist attraction, with cafes and restaurants, temples and an art gallery.

Andaaz Restaurant
Saidpur Village
+92 300 456 0707

Where to eat in Islamabad

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Melody Food Street (Street Food)

A designated pedestrian lane for food stalls, restaurants and shops, Melody Food Street is a must-do for any foodie. From Pakistani curries to Middle Eastern grills, there’s something for everyone here. Go after dark, order a chai and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

Municipal Road
G-6 Markaz

Mocca Coffee (Scandinavian)

For a slice of Scandinavia in Pakistan, head to Mocca Coffee, a minimalist space with a menu of organic healthy ingredients. Order a fresh smoothie, pick from a range of expertly roasted coffees and grab a slice of delicious homemade cake.

Koshar Market
Street 3
F-6/3
Capital Territory
+92 512823723
tossdown.com/moccacoffee

Khaas Gallery Cafe (International)

Art lovers and foodies in Islamabad love the Khaas Gallery Cafe, inside the leading gallery Kuch Khaas. With an international menu to tempt you while you check out the city’s emerging artists and 19th century masterpieces, Khaas is a good lunchtime stop.

House 1 Street 2
F-6/3
44220
+92 51 282 4391 
khaasgallery.com

Places to stay in Islamabad

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Islamabad Serena Hotel

In town for business? The Serena is handily located next to the diplomatic enclave and is within viewing distance of Margalla Hills. The hotel itself is set on six acres and provides a five-star experience, complete with pools, gyms and a spa. If you have time take a sailing trip on nearby Rawal Lake.

Khayaban-e-Suhraward
G-5/1
+254 732 123 333
serenahotels.com/serenaislamabad