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  • A Walking Tour

    Slip your security detail and enjoy this fine city on foot, or on two wheels.

    • Feb 2017
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  • Gun & Sewing Machine Market

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    Other

    A delightful little entrance behind the Masjed e Olya Rotbe Andarabi mosque opens up to reveal a gun and sewing machine market, perfect gifts for her and him.

  • Note

    Hire a trusted local guide; move with purpose; maintain good situational awareness; switch routes daily. Attune to when to linger and when to jaunt.

  • Hawala Market

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    Shops

    Where else in the world but the Kabul Hawala (money) market will you find people sitting on and surrounded by piles of cash with nary a security guard in sight

  • Note

    With govt/military convoys, roadblocks and a lack of asphalt Kabul traffic is a bitch. In addition, when the military convoys go past their cell/IED jammers will cut your phone reception. Beat the traffic, go with 2 wheels. Motorbike + driver for $30/half day.

  • Gandamack Guesthouse And Restaurant

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    New American

    Sufficiently close to the Iranian Embassy to bask in the shade of it's security, the Gandamack Lodge was once, reputedly, the home to the 4th Mrs Bin Laden.

  • Cinema Park

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    Movie Theater

    If Bollywood movies are your thing and you're comfortable with young men jerking off in the dark, then this cinema is for you.

  • Qargha Lake

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    Other

    Popular place to bring the family, kick-back and enjoy a meal. On the assumption that lightning doesn't strike twice, this area is perfectly safe.

  • Note

    The perfect city jaunt starts at the Ariana Cinema, down Nadir Pashton Road to the river, then along the gold & goods markets that line the Kabul River.

  • Flower Street Cafe

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    Café

    It's not on Flower Street but it is a cafe, with a decent menu at that. WiFi.

  • Note

    Take in Murad Khane, the old city including the extensive restoration of the neighbourhood by Turquoise Mountain Arts.

  • Carpet Market

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    Arts & Crafts

    Chicken Street & Flower Street are useful landmarks if only to know where in the city to avoid. Visitors arrive with dreams, and leave broken and empty.

  • Rumi

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    Other

    When you've tired of street kebab with ghora, Rumi restaurant serves up a delightful menu of Afghan cuisine. WiFi.

  • Explore

    There's much more to Kabul and Afghanistan than the headlines. It takes a while to acclimatise, but is well worth the effort.

  • Skateistan

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    Park

    Kabul's foremost/only skatepark, that provides education and mad-tricks to this city's youth. Behind the Olympic Stadium. Exit through the gift shop.

  • Hamid Karzai International Airport (KBL) حامد کرزی نړيوال هوايي ډگر | میدان هوایی بین‌المللی حامد کرزی (میدان هوایی بین‌المللی حامد کرزی)

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    Airport

    Five layers of security, money changers & chai. If your pickup "driver" is holding up a sign with your name on it, then I can guarantee it is not your driver.