Block 338, Adliya, Bahrain
Located in the heart of Adliya, Block 338 is a charming pedestrian quarter crammed with international restaurants, art galleries, and small boutiques. As Bahrain's hot dining district, Block 338 offers a wide range of cuisine that is sure to appeal to all tastes. Whether you are in the mood for a fancy feast, a more traditional Bahraini dish, or just a soothing drink and a chat, there is something for everyone.
In addition to the culinary delights, Block 338 boasts a number of interesting retail opportunities tucked away in the side streets that encourages a stroll around as an opportunity for discovery and has also grown over the years as a vibrant center for emerging artists.
It is here that Al-Riwaq Gallery exhibits works originating from up and coming artists in Bahrain, the Arab Gulf, and internationally. Al-Riwaq is a non-profit gallery that has been at the forefront of Bahrain's burgeoning arts scene, and hosts a wide-ranging calendar of events including exhibitions, public art ventures, educational and outreach activities.
Al-Riwaq is also responsible for initiating and curating some of the most relevant, engaging events on Bahrain’s arts scene. These include “Alwan” (an annual art and design festival), and Market338 (an annual platform for designers and creative entrepreneurs).
It has a very popular café in which patrons can enjoy a drink while discussing the latest in the art world.
Al-Bareh Gallery can be found in the opposite corner of Adliya and is a notable private arts center that hosts exhibitions by leading regional artists. A diverse program of exhibitions runs throughout the year in the gallery while an adjoining space is devoted to a non-profit initiative, ABCAD (Al-Bareh Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture). Devoted to artistic experimentation, ABCAD breaks art out of its human confines through workshops, design focused film nights, and an outdoor graffiti wall. There is also a café with outdoor and indoor seating.