Here at Time Out, we love a cheap eat – and we’re not snobby about where we get it.
Whether it’s from a food truck, a hole in the wall, or a stall in a souq, we love picking up food for less, and we think it’s the best way to eat your way across Muscat without blowing your budget.
So whether you’re waiting for pay day or on a no-frills holiday, read on for our guide to the best cheap meals in the city.
This Lebanese spot in the Oasis Centre makes incredible falafel, and a falafel sandwich will set you back less than OMR0.500. It also serves up classic dishes like shawarma or taouk on the cheap, too.
Daily 9am-11.30pm. Oasis Centre, Qurum (2456 5839).
This Turkish restaurant is always packed with locals and expats, and for good reason. You can get authentic dishes, like beef or chicken shawarma, for as little as OMR0.400. There’s plenty of options, ranging from kebabs and fatayer to pizza and fresh fish, too.
Sun-Wed 10.30am-2am; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-2am. Baba Salem, Qurum (9455 5570).
One of the top things to do in Muscat is undoubtedly paying a visit to the Mutrah fish market before taking a stroll along the corniche, and this spot is perfect for people watching after. Despite being near a tourist hotspot, the prices don’t reflect this, and you can pick up dishes for a couple of rials each.
Sun-Thu 8am-1pm. Corniche Café, Jibroo (9965 4337).
This vegetarian spot in Al Khuwair serves up fantastic South Indian food, and with many dishes under a rial, the prices are nothing to grumble at. There are lots of dosa options and thali or you can get snacks like samosas and bhajis.
Daily 7am-3pm, 5.30pm-10.45pm. Dilkush Restaurant, Al Khuwair (2448 8196).
This spot offers up budget-friendly Pakistani food in a no-frills setting. There’s plenty of grilled meats on the menu for you to choose from, and you can get a platter to share for just OMR3.5. If you’re in the mood for a curry, most of the options are under OMR2, as are the biryanis.
Sat-Thu 11.30am-3.30pm, 6.30pm-midnight; Fri 1pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-midnight. Hello Karachi, Al Amarat (2497 0202).
Ice Cream Mama
Omani ice cream is different to western ice cream in that it’s closer to an ice lolly than you might expect. This shop has traditional local flavours like rose water or laban, but you can also get more typical flavours like caramel or chocolate. A scoop will set you back less than OMR1.
Sat-Thu noon-midnight; Fri 2pm-midnight. Qurum or Mawaleh (2456 8195).
You can’t take a trip to Oman without having karak, and Tea House is the perfect place to get it. A cup will set you back less than OMR0.500, and there are plenty of options, ranging from rose water to thyme. The menu also features small dishes like Omani bread which are perfect for a quick snack.
Daily 6am-1pm, 4pm-midnight. Tea House, Al Khuwair (9426 4555).