Food and Cultural Showcase Heading to Bahrain

Time Out Market will spotlight a curated mix of the best local culinary and cultural talents when it comes to City Centre Bahrain next year.

The market, which brings the best of the city together under one roof is set to open towards the end of 2024 on the top floor of the City Centre Bahrain, making it a key food and cultural destination in the region and fulfilling the mall’s motto of offering its communities hyper localised, joyful experiences.

Covering more than 35,000sq/ft, Time Out Market Bahrain will offer plenty of space to showcase an editorially curated mix of the best local and home-grown talents from award-winning chefs to up-and-coming restaurateurs and artists.

There will be 11 kitchens offering a variety of cuisines, a dessert counter, a coffee shop, two bars, an exhibition space, a stage, and an al fresco rooftop. With more than 900 seats on two levels, guests will come together at communal tables in a uniquely designed space and get a true taste of Bahrain.

To curate the culinary lineup, the Time Out Market team will test and taste food across the city to uncover the best talents – and then only the very best will be invited to join the Market.

City Centre Bahrain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Kingdom and, with an estimated 17% of mall visitors being tourists, the opening of Time Out Market Bahrain provides an additional attraction for guests coming from near and far. The partnership with Time Out Market underscores City Centre Bahrain’s strategic direction to attract global brands in line with Bahrain’s Vision 2030 and the Kingdom’s tourism strategy.

Time Out Market currently has sites in six cities: the first opened in Lisbon in 2014 as the world’s first editorially curated food and cultural market and its success led to openings in New York, Boston, Montreal, Chicago and Dubai. More Time Out Market locations are in the pipeline in nine cities including Porto, Cape Town, Barcelona, Vancouver and Bahrain with more to come – and while this is now a concept popular around the world, the execution of each Market is distinctly local.

Time Out Market is rooted in the heritage of Time Out – a magazine created at a kitchen table in London in 1968 to help people go out better and discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city.

Sandy Hayek, Time Out Market CEO said: “We are delighted to partner with Majid Al Futtaim Properties Bahrain to open Time Out Market Bahrain in City Centre Bahrain – a very popular location in the region. This is where we will bring the best of Bahrain’s vibrant culinary scene together under one roof – the food here is incredibly diverse and culturally rich and we are looking forward to showcasing the best local talent.”

Khalifa Bin Braik, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Asset Management commented:
“Majid Al Futtaim is dedicated to creating retailing destinations that bring world-class shopping, dining and entertainment activities to the MENA region. We are delighted to be partnering with Time Out Market to introduce this unique offering to Bahrain’s residents and visitors, further cementing our commitment to supporting The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and creating great moments for everyone, every day.”

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