Flights to Islamabad (ISB)

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

What to do in Islamabad

Trek Shakarparian

While there is no shortage across hilly Islamabad of viewpoints 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
visitislamabad.net/parks

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 civilizations has been turned into a tourist attraction, with cafes and restaurants, temples, and an art gallery.

Andaaz Restaurant
Saidpur Village
+92 300 456 0707
facebook.com/AndaazRestaurant

Visit Gallery 6

Drop into Gallery 6, which houses the largest private art collection in the city, with more than 120 meters of wall space. The works, by a mixture of contemporary and emerging Pakistani artists, offer a real insight into the attitude of the city.

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

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 multibrand 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 51 228 7055
latelier-pk.com

Hike Daman-e-Koh

The best place to see the sun rise over Islamabad is the mountainside park of Daman-e-Koh. Buy a breakfast picnic from one of the local bakeries and go for a walk, but keep your eyes peeled for the monkeys.

Margalla Hills National Park
Daman-e-Koh Road

Explore Mr. Books

If you’re interested in Pakistan’s history and literature, then Mr. Books is a treasure trove, with shelves of books stacked from floor to ceiling. It’s one of the oldest bookshops in town and has a history all of its own.

Super Market
Agha Khan Road
F-6 Markaz
+92 51 227 8843
mrbooks.com.pk

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
facebook.com/pages/Melody-Food-Street

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

Al Majlis (Arabic)

An Arab restaurant in a private villa, Al Majlis is decorated with rich carpets and decorative murals that will certainly impress the moment you arrive. Lebanese favorites dominate the menu; an outdoor shisha terrace can be found at the back of the property.

4 Hill Road
F-6/3
44000
+92 51 282 7044
facebook.com/AlMajlisRestaurant

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
+92512850948
facebook.com/SienaRistorante

The Monal (Mediterranean)

Fancy a view with your food? The Monal is a three-story, fine-dining treehouse just outside 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 08433359
treehouse.themonal.com

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
facebook.com/moccacoffee

Places to stay in Islamabad

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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 traveler. There’s a small number of rooms or suites and a helpful concierge.

House 27-A, Street 18
F-7/2
+92 51 2651070
numberthree.com.pk

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 8319000
hotelhillview.net

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 6 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
+92 51 287 4000
serenahotels.com/serenaislamabad

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 2826121
marriott.co.uk/islamabad-marriott-hotel

Avari Xpress

If you really want to feel at home in Islamabad, a private experience can be found by booking a villa with Avari Xpress. The serviced residences come with custom food and drink services and plenty of modern conveniences, as well as your very own rooftop view over the city.

House 20, Street 26
F-6/2
+92 51 282 6101
avari.com/property/avari-xpress

Prestige Residence

For a more individual but mid-range stay, check into the Prestige Residence, a 52-room boutique property with single, double, and family rooms. Enjoy a barbecue on the roof or relax in the garden. The helpful staff will make sure you get the most out of your stay.

House 2, Street 31
F 8/1
9th Avenue
Service Road
+92 51 844 7444
prestigeresidence.com.pk