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Things to do in Islamabad Capital Territory

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
“Monal is fast becoming the iconic spot for tourists coming to Islamabad. Situated on a mountain top, the restaurant serves quality food in pleasant ambience. The view from the top is breathtaking. In case of official lunches/dinners it is appropriate to book in advance. The place gets really crowded on the weekends.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Establishment
“The Centaurus Mall also includes entertainment in the form of a play area for children, known as "Fun City[7]", and a movie cinema, known as "The Centaurus Cinema[8]", which shows some of the latest Lollywood and Hollywood movies. Both the play area and the cinema are located on the fourth floor of the mall.cated on the fourth floor, The Centaurus food court offers plenty of food options for shoppers, as there is a wide variety of restaurants and fast food chains such as McDonald's, Subway, Hardee's, Tayto, OPTP, Chachajee, and others.[9] International coffee shops and cafes such as Gloria Jeans, Cinnabon, Second Cup, and Pappa Roti,[10] are also located throughout the mall. Moreover, there are plenty of snack, drink, and ice cream booths in the food court and littered throughout the mall that offer drinks, slushies, popcorn, cotton candy, dry fruits, and nuts.moreover it has all brands outlet and people prefer to do shopping”
  • 4 locals recommend
Mosque
“A beautiful and iconic site in the city of Islamabad. Faisal Mosque located at the foothills of the Margalla Hills hosts upto 300,000 for prayers daily is truly a work of architecture one must see.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Daman-e-Koh is a viewing point and hill top garden north of Islamabad and located in the middle of the Margalla Hills. Its name is a conjunction of two Persian words, which together means foot hills. It is about 2400ft from sea level and almost 500ft from the city of Islamabad. It is a popular destination for the residents as well as the visitors to the capital.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“It’s good to visit this public place close to Kashmir highway near Islamabad if you have time of around two to three hours, you can walk and enjoy multiple type of entertainments. Especially I would like to mention fun in boating rides.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“Lok Virsa’s mandate has been to PRESERVED, DOCUMENTES and PROMOTES  Cultural Heritage (both tangible and intangible). The earlier focus had been more on the first two aspects. Currently, the focus will be on the promotion of Folk Heritage of Pakistan in a way that is relevant to people of all ages and backgrounds and to provide more meaning, depth and rootedness in life.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Replete with history of Pakistan, this place is worth seeing as Art is at it's peak there. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The first and biggest shopping mall in Islamabad. Also had a multi screen cinema! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“I just love trekking here on Trail 5. It has three different paths. One connects to another trail (i.e. Trail 3), one is the normal one which has a spring called Ficus Spring and the last one is named as Trail 5 Dangerous. Trail 5 is unique in this regard that its terrain is at some point steep and at some point plain. So you'll have a good combination of hard and relax time with the exception of the Trail 5 Dangerous. The Ficus Spring has a refreshing experience. You can refill your water bottles with the natural and fresh/clean water from the spring and can even splash some water on your face for refreshing.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
  • 1 local recommends
Neighborhood
“Shah Allah ditta is a nice place to hangout with friends and family. Few local food hubs around offering from breakfast to late night BBQ. Caves are not huge in size but still have a unique attraction due to its calmness and historical design. Ancient water pool is also there where you can see local fish and a nearby water spring also adds beauty to this place. For dining although there are multiple options but I would personally recommend “saadhu’s retreat” which has better facilities as compared to others, they also arrange musical events occasionally and have some small scale activities for children attraction. Breakfast at their upper terrace is also a unique experience. At caves and nearby spots one can roam around freely without any feeling of discomfort as people are friendly and welcoming. Good place for families and medium size groups specially.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Fatima Jinnah Park is so green and with natural green beauty with sitting places to enjoy nature and beauty of Islamabad City.”
  • 1 local recommends
Hotel
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“The Monal Restaurant is located on the top of the Margalla Hills from where you get a panoramic view of the city. The views, weather, food is great and is a must visit when in the Capital. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Monal is fast becoming the iconic spot for tourists coming to Islamabad. Situated on a mountain top, the restaurant serves quality food in pleasant ambience. The view from the top is breathtaking. In case of official lunches/dinners it is appropriate to book in advance. The place gets really crowded on the weekends.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“The Monal Restaurant is located on the top of the Margalla Hills from where you get a panoramic view of the city. The views, weather, food is great and is a must visit when in the Capital. ”
  • 1 local recommends
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  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Tea Room
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best places to have a touch of Pakistan dishes. Do try their Khabbay Special.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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