What to do and see in Karachi, Pakistan: The Best Places and Tips

December 14, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Karachi (Urdu: کراچی‬‎; ALA-LC: Karācī, IPA: [kəˈraːtʃi] ( listen); Sindhi: ڪراچي‎) is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the most populous city in Pakistan, and third most populous city proper in the world. Ranked as a beta world city, the city is Pakistan's premier industrial and financial centre. Karachi is also Pakistan's most cosmopolitan city. Situated on the Arabian Sea, Karachi serves as a transport hub, and is home to two of Pakistan's two largest seaports, the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, as well as the busiest airport in Pakistan.
Restaurants in Karachi

1. PAF Museum

Shahra-e-Faisal, Karachi, Pakistan +92 21 99547641
Excellent
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

PAF Museum

Reviewed By Elshan G

One of the places which you must visit to see Pakistan army improvement and power. A lot of different war planes along with civil.

2. Dolmen Mall Clifton

Sea View Rd, Karachi, Pakistan +92 21 111 362 111
Excellent
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4.5 based on 352 reviews

Dolmen Mall Clifton

Pakistan's largest and first international standard shopping mall with the best food, retail and entertainment brands all available under one roof.

Reviewed By mabel m

I with a group of friends went for shopping at Dolmen Mall. We wanted to buy some ready to wear tops/ shirts . We looked around in Khaadi, Nishat and Sana Safinaz and bought everything we needed at reasonable rates. We also visited the Khaadi Home store and I couldn’t resist buying a beautiful bedspread.
Then we browsed around many shops and finally went to the hi tea at Hakka Chine. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a good variety of food at a reasonable rate.
The Dolmen Mall is worth visiting whetheralone Ir with family.

3. Mohatta Palace Museum

7 Hatim Alvi Road | Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan +92 21 35837669
Excellent
51%
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4.5 based on 164 reviews

Mohatta Palace Museum

The palace was used as the residence of Quid-e-Azam's sister, Fatima Jinnah until her death in 1967

Reviewed By PeterSulli - San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

Excellently curated, the palace has a comprehensive collection of maps on the ground floor and modern art on the top one. Botha were good and an added attraction was the exhibition of great newspaper design by an expert from Dawn, the city’s daily paper.
Unfortunately cellphones have to be checked in at the entrance so no photographs. On the upside, over 60s get in free.

Karachi, Pakistan +92 21 99230172
Excellent
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4.5 based on 170 reviews

Mazar-E-Quaid

This is the monument of the founder of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Reviewed By taz802016 - Redditch, United Kingdom

Mazar-E-Quaid is just beautiful and awe inspiring. Just before you get to Mazar-E-Quaid there is a little park and some stalls selling food and drinks. It is rather quiet and peaceful. The Mazar-E-Quaid is surrounding by steps, which can be tiring but well worth it. The steps are cool.
The actual Mazar-E-Quaid is just brilliant- from the design and architecture of the dome, to the chandalier. It is very beautiful. Also the whole area is constructed from such material that it remains cool during the blistering heat.
There is also a little museum dedicated to Quaid-E-Azam, which is worth a visit.

5. Frere Hall

Cantt, Karachi, Pakistan
Excellent
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Frere Hall

Reviewed By shafiqjafferji - Nairobi, Kenya

Never expected to see such a site in Karachi, for that right in the heart of the city. Looked more like a church along with all the statues displayed outside. very artistic and beautiful. Worth going for a visit if one appreciated architecture

6. Empress Market

Sadar, Karachi, Pakistan
Excellent
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4 based on 120 reviews

Empress Market

Reviewed By Glen B

This is a historic building and dates back to 1889. I haven't counted but am told it has over 300 shops and vendors selling condiments, meat, fish, veggies, clothing, textiles, food, stationery... the list goes on and on. If you can ignore the general messiness and awful smell, it's well worth the visit.
Prices are reasonable but be prepared to bargain and keep on bargaining. For fish, meat, chicken, veggies etc., get there at 6 am for the freshest product.

7. Pakistan Maritime Museum

Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road, Karsaz, Karachi 75350, Pakistan +92 21 48503111
Excellent
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4 based on 49 reviews

Pakistan Maritime Museum

Reviewed By TabraizFeham - Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

This place has a submarine, which you can go inside and explore in detail. There are guides present who tell you about various part and their role. There are also several other ship and activities in the museum.

8. Hawks Bay

Karachi, Pakistan +92 345 8240111
Excellent
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4 based on 79 reviews

Hawks Bay

Reviewed By Danwer N - Karachi, Pakistan

Revisited the place on 11th April 2017.Here are few latest pictures.We reached the place with family at morning and stayed till 6.30 P.M.We catered for lunch,tea,fruits along with bathing clothes.Relaxed at the booked Hut.The beach was having couple of other families in nearby Huts.It was serene,cool,calm and refreshing outing for all of us.The Hut was having generator and was enough for running fans,T.V ,DVD player .Gas cylinder for heating food and making Tea was available with crockery.We brought with us drinking water as well..Area is safe for day time excursion.

9. Zainab Market

Abdullah Haroon Road, Karachi, Pakistan +92 332 3644348
Excellent
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4 based on 35 reviews

Zainab Market

Reviewed By Abdul G

This one of the favourite and the best market with all kinds of stuff for home and gifts travelling and so on. I bought three pair of shoes, Cloths, gift items and many other things used for daily life as well.

10. Quaid-e-Azam House Museum

Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi, Pakistan
Excellent
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Quaid-e-Azam House Museum

Reviewed By flyfisher66 - Islamabad, Pakistan

Quaid House Museum is a beautiful Victorian style building that contains many of the personal belonging of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The building is a beautiful architectural specimen of its time and one is fascinated to see many of the personal belongings, including furniture, crockery, dresses etc that remained in use of Mr. Jinnah and his sister Fatima Jinnah. The whole setup gives a very good idea of the life in 1940s and 1950s.
The caretaker is a very knowledgeable person with comprehensive knowledge of history and facts / figures related to the construction / upkeep of the building. Considering the fact that Govt. of Pakistan only spends Rs 6000/- (US $ 60/-) per month for the maintenance of the museum, the caretaker and his staff are doing a wonderful job in maintaining the facility in a reasonable shape. However, the museum certainly needs attention of the Govt. of Pakistan / Govt. of Sind. The museum is a great source of education for the children & elders alike and certainly needs to be better maintained.

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