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Bab el-Bahrain Souk

Manama, Bahrain
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Ranked #9 of 21 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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Manama, Bahrain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Wandering around the Souk is an interesting experience, there are so many different shops from phones to textiles all at great prices, but beware of the fakes! A friendly shop keeper is in every door trying to tempt you in for the visitors prayer clock or Rolex!! But there are bargains to be had.

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Al Muharraq, Bahrain
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Bab al Bahrain (Gateway of Bahrain) is a historical building situated at the entrance of the Manama Suq (marketplace). Designed by Sir Charles Belgrave, the Emir adviser, and completed in 1949; It stood right on the sea front and housed the government offices at that time. It was extensively restored in the 1986, to incorporate Islamic architectural features. Currently, it... More

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Tubli
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17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Gateway of Bahrain is a historical building located in the Customs Square in Manama's former central business district. It marks the main entrance to the Manama Souq and completed in 1945, Government Avenue, which runs alongside Bab Al Bahrain, and the new highway that leads to the causeway to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were built on reclaimed land. the... More

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Bahrain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

After the mall culture that has come very fast Bahrain souq is the best place to go back to history.Here you can purchase anything right from clothes,electronics,grocery items,gold and so on and all at a good price.Be prepared to bargain and you will get good value for your money. You will find mosque,temple and church(very near to souk) located in... More

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Pensacola, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place is so much fun to go to. From the guys wanting to wash your car when you park to the great food. Spice alley is a sensory overload and a lot of fun to walk through. At the Gold Souk you can find any jewel you are looking for and have any piece of jewelry custom made for... More

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Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

As one passes through the arches of Bab al-Bahrain entrance, many choose to take the road into the suq leading straight inside. Soon the modern construction of traditional shops gives way to the real feel of traditional suq. Exploring further deep, a persistent visitor will experience the spice market and gold market. The old quarter is of course to the... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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46 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

As I always say old shops are always the best to discover a country . I like it more before renovating , but still it's a beautiful place . Some alleys are narrow , absolutely it's better to park your car away or in the parking areas . In summer , it's better to go in the morning or at... More

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Muscat, Oman
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181 reviews 181 reviews
36 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is one of the iconic tourist attractions in the island , has a renovated section from the historical souq and you can get to shop for some authentic Bahraini products such as the halwa (sweets) and snacks, the Bahraini spices and you can also sample some Bahraini cuisine. There are also the famous pearl traders and the gold shops.

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Minnesota
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went to the Souk and loved it. I got many traditional outfits for my daughters from different locales. I am a terrible at bartering but my husband loves it. He absolutely thrived. While he was busy bartering, I started drifting down the street and one of the locals who was escorting us anxiously caught up to me and stressed... More

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saudi arabia
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25 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

I have been to this souk many times. To say the trouth it is not like what it was 10 years ago, i mean before it was much better, it was reflecting the real bahrain. Now it is a copy of other souks. I think the iranian souk in Essa town is better.

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