It’s hard to not spend money in Oman. Things here aren’t cheap, but there are definitely some places where your money is better-spent than others. So, without further ado, here are the top places where we will happily part with our hard-earned riyals.
Things to Ingest
Best pizza: Tomato
Expensive, but worth it. Located at the Intercontinental Hotel
Best burgers: Park Burger
15% discount for US embassy employees
Best Omani Food: Bait Al Luban
Best Indian food delivery: Begum’s
phone number for the branch that delivers is +968-9307-4000
Best vegetarian Indian restaurant: Saravana Bhavan
Inexpensive and amazing. the Ruwi branch is the best
Best Japanese food: Tokyo Taro
Located at the Al Falaj Hotel
Best seafood: Turkish House
The grilled shrimp, fried calamari, mixed appetizer and freshly baked bread are fantastic
Best breakfast sandwich: The Zed at Al Hawas
The spicy version is the best. Good greasy shawarma too
Best craft cocktails: The Chedi
Bring bug spray if you plan to sit outside
Best cocktails with a view: The Edge
Pool bar at the Crowne Plaza Qurum
Things to Take Home
Bespoke tailor: Western Tailor
Mukesh +968-9637-4537: Inexpensive, high-quality tailoring. You must provide your own fabric. One of the few tailors that is not shy about taking female measurements.
Pork: Duty free in the international arrivals baggage claim
It sounds strange, but it’s true! The pork you can buy elsewhere is extraordinarily overpriced, not to mention freezer burnt.
Frame shop: Ibn Al Farsi Trading Co.
Very inexpensive. Make sure to specify exactly what kind of glass you want and mat width.
Rug shop: Kashmir International
Shah +968-9589-3899: Beautiful rugs and weavings from Kashmir, Afghanistan, and Iran. Shah is extremely knowledgeable and friendly and will happily show you carpets for hours. Lots of beautiful scarves, blankets and other textiles and trinkets as well.
Omani trinkets: Bait Al Zubair gift shop
Lots of good books on Oman, Omani handicrafts, prints, etc.
Things to Do
Best Daymaniyat Island snorkeling company: Daymaniat Shells
Best scuba diving operator: EuroDivers
Best adventure tourism operator: Twenty3Extreme
There you have it! I’m sure there are some I’m forgetting, so I’ll update this list if anything comes to mind.