That’s it. New Year resolutions are shaping up and and bad habits out. Amongst the ones you want to ditch are repeat visits to the same old haunts and a distinctive lack of shopping and culinary adventure.
To help get the New Year off to a good start, Livinq8 has compiled a list of some of “oldies but goodies”, as well as new destinations to try out whether it be with friends or family. Be warned. It’s completely subjective. And its only aim is to get us to ditch the tablets and phones and get re-discovering Kuwait.
DAR AL ITHAR AL ISLAMIYA CURIO SHOP, Yarmouk Cultural Centre
Dar al Ithar’s new Cultural Centre is an awesome feat in modern architecture. It boasts a serene, modern and uncomplicated atmosphere and hosts some of the Kuwait’s most extraordinary cultural programmes. A number of workshops have been held there, including South Korean artist Kim Jieon’s jewellery making in December. One the of the main attractions of the complex is its shop. Dozens and dozens of books on Islamic art, calligraphy, architecture but also Kuwaiti culture, customs and places are on sale. Our of our favourites is Jehan Rajab’s collection of photos of Failaka island. You’ll also find scarves, keyrings, Arabesque and teak decorated boxes. An Aladin’s cave of exquisite taste brought to you by the Dar Al Ithar’s twin centre.
BROTHERS BURGERS, Somu Square, Mubarakiya
You’ve got that craving but can’t stand the sloppy, greasy burger that leaves you both hungry and disgusted. This is a secret you would prefer not to share, but that you can’t help yourself. Brothers organic burgers positively rock, as do their paprika fries and red crunchy Quinoa salad. Its not just the food that will keep you there. SOMU square is one of Kuwait’s coolest and hippest venues with small family owned restaurants and coffee shops in the heart of the traditional souk.
PLAY, Discovery Mall, Hawally
If you have children, there is only one place to be. Play at Discovery mall is the newer sibling of the same venue at the Discovery Mall. It boats a state of the art soft play area for babies and toddlers as well as a huge labyrinth of games, slides and challenge based obstacles for children for all ages. Its clean, bright, airy. Its co-owner has spent years researching playgrounds across the world to bring the best inventions to Kuwait. Located next to Clip n’Climb. Avoid Friday and Sunday afternoons to make the most of your experience.
DAR AL FUNOON, Bebehani complex, facing old Amricani Hospital, off Gulf Road
We love the people who bring culture to Kuwait and make it their mission to feed us with inspirational pieces of art that are not overpriced or overdone. Hail Lucy Topalian who this year again opens the doors of Dar al Funoon. The Armenian Lebanese artist has over the years been a pillar of the arts and culture scene by exhibiting for example the works of young Iranian artists and organized exhibitions of the story of carpets alike.
ARABELLA’S COMPLEX, Salwa
It may have taken what seems like ages to finish, but Arabella’s is here to stay. The complex sandwiched next to the Palms hotel is a great place for socializing and entertaining alike. In the cold weather, its indoor restaurants offer plenty of shelter while most outlets offer heaters and even some blankets. From Costa to Relais de l’Entrecote, there is something for everyone. Try Upper Crust Pizza for genuinely well cooked traditional Italian or some of the restaurants directly perched on the Gulf for a lovely change of scenery and atmosphere. Parking available.