Grab your glamorous outfits and get ready to amp up in that dormant fashion sense, because Fashion Pakistan Week 2016 is here and bigger than ever!
Karachi, the metropolitan hub of glitz and glamour, is home to many of the leading fashion prodigies and celebrities. The city oozes with style this time of the year, as it welcomes the creme de la creme of the fashion world to display their works of art.
It’s going to be some an exciting few days, as these celebrities will be seen eating at their favorite eateries during the event. If you’re interested in spotting one of your favorite stars during FPW’16 in Karachi, then we suggest you visit the following…
(Word to the wise: Do NOT forget to dress for the occasion)
Serving excellence in Mediterranean cuisine since 1999, Okra is a favorite of many celebrities from the fashion industry. It’s popular for a number of reasons: the absolutely mesmerizing rustic Mediterranean decor, the friendly staff, and to top it all, the fact that each morsel of food here is made to perfection.
Okra offers an extensive brunch and lunch menu, including a wide variety of freshly baked bread (which is without a doubt the best in town). Other favorites include their Beef Carpaccio, salmon and crabs.
Fillet Steak with Tipsy Mushrooms and Blue Cheese-Baked Potatoes. Credits: Okra
We suggest you reserve a place for lunch at Okra as soon as you can, because things will get pretty crazy as soon as fashion week kicks off!
If you want to have dinner in fluorescent candles and fairy lights as you enjoy the fresh breeze of Karachi, then few places compare to Cafe Flo.
Credits: Cafe Flo
Frequented by artists such as Zoe Viccaji, who also performs at the patio occasionally, the cafe is a unique experience. Taking the lead in French cuisine, this eatery has become an institution in Karachi. The interior reminds you of a scene from an old black-and-white french film, and the outdoor seating is a sight to behold.
Credits: Cafe Flo
The best of French bistro cuisine is served here, including French Onion Soup, Lobster Thermidor, Escargots, Steak Dijonnaise, crepes and the best Hollandaise sauce in town. If you’re a connoisseur of French cuisine, then this is the place you want to be.
Homemade Multigrain Bread with Mashed Avocados and Norwegian Smoked Salmon. Credits: Cafe Flo
It’s not surprising that nearly every designer in Pakistani’s fashion industry is in love with sushi (If you need proof, visit the Instagram profiles of any one of them). Celebrities have professed their love for sushi countless times, including Hassan Shehryar Yasin, the prodigy behind the brand, HSY.
Photo: Chefling Ayesha Naveed
Of course, when it comes to stupendous Japanese cuisine, almost all connoisseurs head to Sakura. The live Teppanyaki tables make for an entertaining dining experience, and the cuisine on offer is as authentic as it can get in Pakistan.
This place is a favorite of many, and for good reason. The European-styled interior is cleverly designed to let in natural light. This, coupled with brick walls give you the feeling of walking into a cafe in an exotic part of Europe.
The menu has limited options, but are all worth a try, especially if you’re in the mood for good dessert. People rave about their flat breads as well, so you may want to give those a try. With an emphasis on healthy cuisine and terrific ambiance, its no wonder celebrities choose to come here to unwind.
The signature Flat Bread at Mews. Credits: Mews
If you’re in the mood for some ‘desi’ cuisine, then your next destination should be Kolachi – referred to as the ‘spirit of Karachi’. Serving an assortment of spicy Pakistani BBQ including kababs and karahis, Kolachi has made special place for itself in the hearts of desi foodie celebrities. What stands out here is the courtesy shown by staff and management, which is unmatched by any other desi eatery in the city.
The beautiful terrace seating at Kolachi faces the sea. Menu items such as the Lahori Fish, the Hunza Kabab and the Kolachi Karahi are the stars of the menu here. Kolachi is almost always jam-packed – its nearly impossible to get a table, so get there early!
When in the mood for some kick ass Italian cuisine, head to Pompei. Their pizzas and risottos will imprint themselves onto your taste buds, and your heart.
Credits: Pompei’s Facebook page
With an interior that makes you feel you’re seated in an ancient Greek court, the ambiance remains cozy. We love their complimentary bread basket with herb butter – though not as good as the one at Okra, its still one of the best in town.
Other eateries you should head to during FPW’16 include Cote Rotie, Fuschia and Cafe Aylanto.
Do you think we missed a happening spot? Which eatery do you think will attract the most celebrity traffic during fashion week? Let us know.