10 Things to Do in Erbil That You Shouldn't Miss

August 7, 2017 Trinity Boughner

Erbil, locally called Hawler (Kurdish: ھەولێر‎ Hewlêr; Arabic: أربيل‎, Arbīl; Syriac: ܐܲܪܒܝܠ‎, Arbela), also spelt Arbil or Irbil, is the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and the largest city in northern Iraq. It is located approximately 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Baghdad. It has about 850,000 inhabitants, and its governorate had a permanent population of 2,009,367 as of 2015.
Restaurants in Erbil

1. Sami Abdulrahman Park

Gulan Street, Erbil 44001, Iraq
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Sami Abdulrahman Park

Reviewed By Nihad Z - Erbil, Iraq

This park in the heart of Erbil the Capital there is a restaurant near by it and you can have fun with family and it is a quite area for couples but it depends on the segment you chose taxis always available

2. Citadel of Arbil

City Centre, Erbil 44001, Iraq +964 750 485 8186
Excellent
45%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 262 reviews

Citadel of Arbil

Reviewed By Mike R - Hitchin, United Kingdom

The heart of Erbil city and the historic centre. Should be included in any visit. Good views to be had of the city. Being restored as we speak.

3. Kurdish Textile Museum

Erbil Citadel, Erbil 44001, Iraq +964 750 451 4125
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Kurdish Textile Museum

Reviewed By Kathleen D - Calgary, Canada

This museum is situated in the UNESCO world heritage site of the Citadel/Qalat, and is located in one of the heritage buildings. This museum is filled with displays of traditional Kurdish life and traditional Kurdish carpets and other materials. I learnt a lot when I first toured the museum, and I keep returning in order to purchase gifts to take to family and friends every time I fly out - the gift shop is downstairs and has a great selection of clothing, scarves, carpets, etc., all made by Kurds.

4. Erbil-Kurdistan

Qalat street, Erbil 44001, Iraq +964 750 615 8004
Excellent
44%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 142 reviews

Erbil-Kurdistan

Reviewed By Alaa Eldin Z

It was my first time to visit old Erbil in Kurdistan and I was impressed it reminds me old Cairo (Al Azhr, Al Husien,...) with it's coffee shops, restaurant, food and bazaars. Also Erbil Castle and the Fountain and the pigeon eating and flying around it was amazing. It's highly recommended fro visit if you like oriental atmosphere.

5. Family Mall

100 M. Street, Erbil 44001, Iraq +964 750 561 8484
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 92 reviews

Family Mall

Reviewed By M-Baban

If you are looking for a specific things to buy and you know it is available there , that is good to go there, otherwise it is not recommended to go without a shopping list as it is somehow boring. The inside Carrefour shop is good.

6. The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa

Korek | Rowandoz, Erbil 44001, Iraq
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa

Reviewed By 575araza - Erbil, Iraq

It was a wonderful one night stay with the family, the house was equipped with very good heating system where we enjoyed looking at the snow outside the windows. There are some winter entertainment stuff for the kids and the young as well.
The food quality in the restaurant is not that good.

7. Shanadar Park

Runaki Road, Erbil 44001, Iraq +964 750 462 6320
Excellent
29%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Shanadar Park

Reviewed By Sabzachi - Erbil, Iraq

Shanadar Park, it's one of the Erbil city nice park, it have a very nice places to visit like a painting gallery, restaurants and many places to enjoy your afternoon and evening time with your friends and family members in any season,
It have a great parking place for vehicles,
That's why I recommend it for my friends and family to visit it any time.

8. Jalil Khayat Mosque

60 Meter St, Erbil 44001, Iraq
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Jalil Khayat Mosque

Reviewed By Maenaddassi - Amman, Jordan

I went onto this place for Friday pray , I did not get much attractive May I should visit it on non pray time

9. Gali Ali Bag

Erbil, Iraq +964 750 485 8186
Excellent
27%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
16%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 48 reviews

Gali Ali Bag

Reviewed By den a

the nature is beautiful, but the place is ruined by the careless tourists from all parts of Iraq. the tourist throw all their waste to the water ! the area has no good service at all, it is a shame that such nice nature is destroyed by humans

10. Majidi Mall

Koya Street, Erbil 44001, Iraq
Excellent
15%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 20 reviews

Majidi Mall

Reviewed By Jigac55

Average in size for Erbil, with the usual range of clothing and perfumes. Possible to have a very good cappuccino with chocolat cake in one of the so-called Italian café on ground floor. The two reasons why I shall return is the fresh fish stall at Carrefour offering a reasonable choice including bream, bass and salmon, the second being the new bottle store just by the parking. This shop is brand new and offers a good choice of wines well kept. Nothing special if you can visit the duty free shops on the road to Ainkawa and Diwan hôtel. What makes it attractive though is the very good choice of whiskies including a good selection of reasonably priced single malts, as well as the choice of brand cognacs, vodkas and champagne.

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