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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The Monal (Mediterranean)

Fancy a view with your food? The Monal is a three-storey, fine-dining ‘treehouse’ just out of town, with open-air terraces that afford views of the city. The Monal also has live music and a cosmopolitan menu featuring everything from Thai to Italian food.

Margalla Hills National Park
Pir Sohawa Road
+92 30 0843 3359
treehouse.themonal.com/

Siena Ristorante (Italian)

For a kitsch night out head to Siena Ristorante, where each room is themed on a different Italian city. Book a table in the Venice-inspired room, where you’ll find a pool, complete with a gondola that can seat two.

9 Street 48

F-8/4
Opposite IMCB College
+92 51 285 0948
facebook.com/SienaRistorante

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 51 282 3723
tossdown.com/moccacoffee

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

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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Marriott Islamabad

The most famous hotel in town is also the most secure. Its central location means it’s always a popular choice with high-profile visitors, both international and domestic. With a number of restaurants and an extensive spa menu, the Marriott can’t be beaten.

Aga Khan Road
F 5/2
+92 51 282 6121
marriott.co.uk/islamabad-marriott-hotel

Hill View Hotel

If shopping is a must-do while in town, check in at Hill View Hotel. It sits in the heart of the city, minutes from the bustling markets. It has a range of suites and rooms and is suitable for families, with friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere.

Off College Road
F-7 Markaz
+92 51 831 9000
hotelhillview.net

Number Three - Lush

For a boutique hotel break, you can’t go wrong at the stylish villa hotel Number Three - Lush. Colonial architecture, sweeping staircases and breakfast in the courtyard will relax even the most stressed traveller. There’s a small number of rooms or suites and a helpful concierge.

House 27-A, Street 18
F-7/2
+92 51 265 1070
numberthree.com.pk

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