Located in the heart of Adliya, Block 338 is a charming pedestrian quarte crammed with international restaurants, art galleries and small boutiques. As Bahrain’s hot dining district, Block 338 offers a wide range of restaurants appealing to all ages and tastes, be it for a fancy meal, traditional Bahraini dish or just a soothing drink. In addition to this distinguished eating experience, Block 338 boasts a number of good retail opportunities tucked into its side streets and has grown over the years into a vibrant space for the arts. It is here that Al Riwaq Gallery exhibits the works of emerging artists from Bahrain and the region intercepted by exhibitions by international artists. Its cool little café is a also a popular attraction.
Other nearby places of interest: Al Bareh Gallery can be found in the opposite corner of Adliya. A notable private arts center, it hosts exhibitions by leading regional artists. A diverse program of exhibitions runs throughout the year in the airy art gallery while an adjoining space is devoted to a not-for-profit initiative, ABCAD. Devoted to experimentation, ABCAD breaks art out of its human confines through workshops, design-focused film nights and an outdoor graffiti wall. There is also a café with outdoor and indoor seating.