Kuwait City Guide – The Old Souk

When visiting Kuwait City make sure you pay a visit to Souk Al-Mubarakiya Market, the city’s famous Old Souk.

If you are travelling to Kuwait, do not miss out on the market place Souk Al-Mubarakiya. Just 15 minutes’ drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait you will find the Old Souk, filled with Arabic handcrafts and other specialities.

A historical market place

This old market place in Kuwait can be found between the streets of Mubarak al-Kabir, Ahmad al-Jaber and Ali al-Salem. For over 200 years the Old Souk has been a popular market and continues to offer its visitors traditional style of shopping in Kuwait.

Get a taste for Kuwait’s culture as you browse the stalls selling Arab antiques, traditional costumes and Persian carpets. There are lots of beautiful items to buy, ideal to take back home as gifts, such as perfumes, handmade local crafts, scarf, jewellery, and clothes. You’ll also find dates, spices, honey and scented oils to choose from, as well as shops specialising in eye-catching gold and silver.

Be on the lookout for identical items that are sold at different stalls for varying prices. It’s also worth checking the quality of textiles before you buy in some of the cheaper clothing shops.

Market haggling in Kuwait

There’s often room for haggling in Kuwait’s souks. Don’t try to haggle in restaurants or chain stores – save it for the independent traders. Before you start discussing, make sure you actually want the item that you are going to barter for. It’s bad manners and not polite to haggle for something you don’t really want. Be firm but pleasant, in line with local customs, and don’t show how much you want the item.

The market place also houses two small museums with free admission, and a great range of restaurants and cafes. Try some traditional tea or Arabic coffee while you eat lunch and contemplate your next haggling target.

Dress code at the market

Make sure you are dressed properly for a trip to the Souk, in line with the local Kuwait customs. It’s essential for men and women to wear conservative, respectful clothing, and you will also make a better impression with the locals. Remember that you need to carry your passport at all times in Kuwait, so ensure you carry it.

Visiting Souk Al-Mubarakiya is an enjoyable experience for tourist who wants to explore an authentic old market in Kuwait. This is where you find the best Arabic atmosphere, with spices and scents from the restaurants filling the air.

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