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Bab el-Bahrain Souk

Manama, Bahrain
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Ranked #9 of 22 attractions in Manama
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Neighborhoods, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: Most of the buying and selling in Manama occurs in the Bab el-Bahrain Souk district (souk means market in Arabic.) Here, stalls upon stalls are lined... more »
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Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We really enjoy visiting the Bab el-Bahrain Souk....we particularly like the souvenir shops (they seem to be mostly Turkish or Indian stuff) and the plethora of fabric and tailor shops. It's a good break away from the malls and the movie theaters, and more of a local attraction. Check it out!

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woking, uk
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

disappointing and not worth the visit; better spend your time at some of the other attractions Bahrain has to offer

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Karachi, Pakistan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The Bab el Bahrain really isn't a proper proper souk. All the shops are housed in a modern shopping arcade. The only thing that's worth doing at the Souk is getting a picture taken in front of the Bab el Bahrain Souk entrance (it can be your "Bahrain trip profile picture" ). That's it period. Don't waste too much time... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Don't be put off by the modern section that meets you as you enter the souk; it has very little to do with the real souk which is all around it. I lived in Bahrain in the eighties and often visited the souk, very little has changed I am happy to say :o) It has become a little more organised... More

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Marshalltown, Iowa
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Anything you want you can find here! Be careful to make a note of where you came from because it's easy to get lost! If you happen to do so don't be afraid to ask for directions everyone is extremely kind and helpful. I highly recommend this as a place to see.

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Manama, Bahrain
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

If you live in Bahrain, Bab al Bahrain will be the place which you will consider as one of the most useful. Just behind the gate to souq is a new building - dedicated to tourists. Not big but with some nice souvenirs and antique. But if you go deeper you can find a guy who will become your favorite... More

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

You can find everything you want, plus tons of stuff you didn't know you needed. I love the diversity. I was lucky to visit the souk several times during my stay. It's easy to lose time and yourself.

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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I am resident of dubai and i always coming to visit bahrain the most liked place of mine is bahrain is Bab-al-Bahrain Souq because my best hobby in shopping is perfumes , fabrics and shoes and my favourite shopping is suits i have purchased about so many suits from the souq but it does not be the same as ordered.... More

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Bangalore, India
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Loved the quaint shops with lovely Arabic dresses, scarves and artifacts. Try the spice market lanes and the beautiful Arabic HALWA sweet shops. If you like dry fruits, sample n buy!! Mulberrys, almonds, raisins, sultanas, walnuts, almondsn lots more. Nice place to walk around and spend an evening or a mid morning. There is renovated recreation of the old souk... More

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Overall spent 2-3 hours just wandering and buying gifts for family then stopped at the gsteway for coffee and clean bathrooms

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