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City Hangouts – Haji’s Malbari hotel, Lyari

Malbari hotels were once an integral part of Karachi’s cafe culture. Just like Irani cafes, they defined a set of aesthetics, sensitivities and a particular type of experience despite them belonging to different owners. At turn of the century, the fast growing city of Karachi attracted people from all over the subcontinent. As the legend […]

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City Hangouts – Cafe Victory, Napier Road

Just like all other Irani cafes in Karachi, Cafe Victory is also on the intersection of two roads i.e. Napier and Grant road. However accessing it from Grant Road could be an unpleasant experience. The road gets narrower as we approach the intersection. There is a Kachra Kundi on the left and lots of food […]

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City Hangouts – Cinema 73, Seaview Apartments

An alternative experience. In the city where luxury is considered integral to any going out experience, Cinema 73 provides an alternative option. There is no air-conditioning and there’s no caramel popcorn. The air is heavy with moisture and it smells of extra salty popcorn. Cinema 73 is a community cinema, situated in Block 73 of […]

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City Hangouts – Cafe Darakhshan

Karachi is a city of migrants. They have been migrating here since British invested in a modern port, some even before that. These migrants made their mark in different professions and help build modern Karachi. Zoroastrians and farmers from Yazd have been settling in subcontinent for centuries. While a lot of them headed for Mumbai, […]

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City Hangouts – Jahangir Park

The last time I went to Jahangir Park, I found few druggies inside the reading room which was situated in one corner of the park. I found more of them in the park. Therefore it was heartening to see families pouring into the park after its restoration. The Jahangir Park was donated by Khan Bahadur […]

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