Also known as the ‘American Alley‘, Al Shabab Avenue in Juffair is a unique and vibrant destination for Bahrain’s residents and visitors. Located in the bustling capital of Manama, Al Shabab Avenue has something to offer for everyone. The ‘American Alley’ boasts a variety of facilities, from hotels and hotel apartments to residences and retail outlets. Furthermore, it is a popular residential area amongst expatriates and young Bahrainis.
With a strategic location in Juffair, Al Shabab Avenue quickly became a favorite. It is lined with cafes and restaurants that offer both indoor and outdoor seatings. Many of these venues are also open 24 hours a day. This alone has allowed the street to continue to attract visitors throughout the day. So if you happen to be in the area, here are a few things to try at Al Shabab Avenue in Juffair.
Although the avenue is famous for fast food, this little gem has more to offer. Aroma Express brings you the delights of shawarma and saj at very reasonable pricing. Located at The Mall, this venue will offer you all the pleasure, comfort, and joy that comes with Arab cuisine.
Fresh, fast, and absolutely delicious. Burrito Loco serves a straightforward menu where you get to create your meal in 3 easy steps. It is guaranteed that one of these burritos will leave you happy and fulfilled all night long.
Thai food is always tricky, it’s either delicious and authentic, or it just isn’t. Luckily enough, Patong offers some of the best Thai food you can sample at very reasonable prices. Next time you visit the avenue, make sure you stop by this restaurant.
Pizza has the ability to draw a smile on anyone’s face, especially if it’s from Pitfire Pizza. Fresh toppings, perfect crust, and generous sizes make this restaurant’s pizzas one-of-a-kind. If you are in the mood for heart-warming food, this is definitely the place to go.
Sandwiches are usually straightforward, but not at Sandwich Guys. This restaurant is famous for a creative menu of delicious and tantalizing sandwiches that will keep you coming back for more. They also have a second branch in Busaiteen.
Grab a Burger
If burgers are your thing, there’s no better place to get one than at Al Shabab Avenue. What’s more, is you can grab a burger at any time of the day. Take your pick, or better yet, sample as much as you can from any of the fast food restaurants available such as McDonald’s, Hardee’s, and Burger King.
Of course, there’s more to the Avenue than burgers. You can always visit a franchise restaurant like Chilli’s, Nando’s, and Asian Zyng. You will be met with bold flavors and tantalizing themes that mimic the vibrancy of this street.
Coffee on the go
If you don’t feel like grabbing a bite, maybe coffee is more of your thing. You can easily pick up a rich and aromatic cup of coffee at Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee, or Costa. Take a seat outside and enjoy the evening breeze, as crowds of people rush by.
There’s no better way to end the day than with music. Luckily, there are many venues that provide DJ’s, live music, and karaoke all night long. Wherever you choose to go, you will be met with a diverse crowd of locals, expatriates, and visitors from neighboring GCC countries.
Take a stroll down the Avenue
There’s a lot to see and do on this street, so don’t tie yourself down right away. Take a stroll up and down the street. Explore its endless choices of restaurants and cafes, many of which offer splendid balcony seatings. As you walk, you will encounter youthful energy that never seems to sleep.
Stay at One Juffair Luxury Serviced Apartments
If you are on vacation in Bahrain, why not stay at One Juffair Luxury Serviced Apartments? These hotel apartments are strategically located on the avenue, which means you will have access to all you could ever need. Furthermore, your stay will definitely be comfortable and luxurious. Be advised though, Al Shabab Avenue is alive all day and night, so expect street noise throughout your stay.
Get to know the different kinds of visitors
Although the street attracts many different people from various countries, there are 5 types of people you will definitely see here when you visit. So next time you are on the busy street, try to spot as many of them as you can.
- Bikers who drive down the avenue in groups
- Young Americans who work at the US Navy base
- Nightlife enthusiasts who are seeking good music
- Young boys showing off their motorcycle stunts
- Saudis who visit Bahrain every weekend via the King Fahad Causeway
Since you’re already in the area, you might as well explore Juffair and all it has to offer. Juffair is one of Manama’s most vibrant suburban neighborhoods. Many established expatriates, as well as young Bahraini locals, choose to rent a property in Juffair. The area is filled with hotels and apartment buildings, dining venues, and touristic destinations.
Here, you will find Bahrain’s largest mosque, Al Fateh Mosque. You will also find the famous Juffair Mall and Murjan Shopping Center which includes a large supermarket, a restaurant, Post Office, and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee shop.