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“Chilled out, scenic and great food!”
Review of Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village
Ranked #9 of 60 things to do in Islamabad
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Chilled out, scenic and great food!”
Reviewed February 15, 2012

I have been going to Saidpur since it was first started as a tourist destination and more importantly as a place for residents and visitors of Islamabad to hang out. Nestled in the lap of the green Margalla hills that run the length of the capital city, Saidpur is the brainchild of Kamran Lashari whose creativity and aesthetics have left a mark on several key spots in Lahore and Isloo. A number of restaurants have now sprung up there with many doing extremely well and more importantly offering a one stop destination for avid food lovers to sample different cuisines at one of the most scenic places in Islamabad.
Polo Lounge whose parent restaurant in at the Lahore Polo Club offers the same great food though some friends may disagree with this observation. The setting though not in a polo club is equally attractive and done up in equestrian rusticity...only drawback of the view from the terrace is of restaurants opposite, one wishes that mountain views could have been incorporated but may be it could not because of housing constraints at the back. The village of Saidpur itself has received tremendous support with this development. Other notable restaurants are Khewa and Lahore Chatkhara both offering delicious samples of ethnic food. Taking the stone steps up from another restaurant whose name i have forgotten!! (but which also offers bar b que and ethnic food and the staple shisha served on charpais covered with bright covers! you come to HotSpot, Islamabad's icecream delight joint. Done up with brightly colored film posters thank God of Lollywood stars and other quirky parapharnelia that is also sold on the premises, you can sit on the stone and wooden benches and enjoy the best strawberry frozen yogurt or caramel crunch. Their molten chocolate and brownie with vanilla is equally scrumptious as are their calorie laden but delicious milkshakes made from any of the dozens of ice creams on offer. For the more adventurous is a stone path going up to a shrine of a local pir (saint). You are practically sitting quarter way up a mountain with thick trees and vegetation. The Capital Development Authority CDA has also made efforts to preserve a Hindu temple and has made a small museum on the premises that chronicles some historical facts and events. A must see place for anyone visiting Islamabad that has unfairly been called sterile by even Pakistanis. The city might not be culturally rich like Lahore but it has its own charm and immense scenic beauty. Even with lots more traffic than a few years back, islamabad offers a relaxed atmosphere.
Saidpur also hosts a few shops, of which Taneez selling silverware is a great place to pick some really stunning and creative pieces.

Visited April 2011
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Doha, Qatar
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Model Village”
Reviewed January 22, 2012

A great place to relax right at the foot of the margallah hills. There are a few restaurants and cafe's to choose from in order to just sit back, relax and take in the breeze and greenery of your surroundings. There is also an old disused Hindu temple. The adjacent building to the temple houses some old pictures from the formative years of Islamabad. However the display is very basic and bland.
You can visit at any time of the day as the area is considered quite safe. In the old days Saidpur was known for its pottery making and clay artifacts, so be sure to look around for a nice bargain and/or souvenirs.

Visited November 2011
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Santa Clara, California
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17 reviews
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“Beautiful setting, wonderful service”
Reviewed January 12, 2012

I visited this place with my fiance and his friend. It was in the evening and we specifically went there to eat dinner at one of the restarants that has outside seating. We walked through the village and spent a little time looking around the small museam there as well as walking up to the top of the village where you get an amazing site. The food at the restaurant was absolutely delicious. They also has strategically placed some fragrant bushes nearby which makde the overall experience almost magical!

Visited April 2011
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Shenzhen
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12 reviews
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

Renovated village with some historic sites. The main restaurant served authentic Pakistani food. We felt reasonably safe there, although it is a fair way oout of the city.

Visited May 2011
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Ontario, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
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4 attraction reviews
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“A must see for any Islamabad visitor”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

This is a fantastic place to dine in the evening. A unique experience to have. Several restaurant options, from what I can gather. I tried 'Zizou's' during my Feb visit & 'Des Pardes' during my December 2011 visit.

Visited December 2011
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