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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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English first
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The souq is probably the best place for souvenir shopping. However, you will be charged according to your European appearance. Be merciless in your bartering and don't feel pressured into buying something just because you paused. I often feel as though I have no freedom to browse because of this. I like to linger at the stalls and make purchases... More

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Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A lot bigger than expected, with many choices and very friendly merchants. It was fun walking through the small shops, I felt very safe and everyone spoke English.

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Kuwait
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I love every thing in this place and there is acoffee shop names nasef its present avery good food dont mess there breckfast. And the jellary shops and traditional dresses

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Manama, Bahrain
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Divya is a great textiles shop near the souk. The cloth is of great quality and the staff are very nice. However, the shop isn't very clean and it is impossible to get parking. Overall I think that it is a great place to go if you want to get some cloth. I would highly recommend it, but only if... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We walk around the whole souk and did not buy anything except for a coffee in the Bab Mall near the entrance. If you are looking for jewelry such as gold and pearls this place will be for you. Otherwise, your options would be candy, fabric, clothing, cheap toys, spices (that may not get past customs) watches, juice, and some... More

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Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I visited it at 1pm and the temperature is very high but the experience in seeing those amounts of shops with very cheap prices is great. Try to visit early morning so the weather will be better also no crowding. Try to go there by Taxi not by your own car because the parking are is very limited.

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Manama
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Lots of shopping near by, restaurants and coffee shops, walk to Yateem Center and old small roads near by. So traditional

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Quezon City, Philippines
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Any tourist in Manama, Bahrain should visit the souk for a first hand immersion. The souk is a melting pot of products and trade...the gold souk showcases a variety of gold/jewelry while outside the building, there is a limitless selection of modern and traditional products to choose from. I particularly love the textiles! Shop till you drop! ;)

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Bahrain
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Any tourist or traveler must visit this special place in Bahrain with its historic heritage, where you can get anything that would cross your mind, whether it's clothes, textiles, jewellery, watches, eastern perfumes, Antiques and many more. Some would see it as a bazaar-like place with Indian vendors hovering all over the Souk. There is a renovated part which combines... More

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Saar, Bahrain
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Amazingly, we didn't get what we went for, but saw about anything else you could wish to buy in the process. Narrow streets with a thick atmosphere. Tends to be arranged with multiple outlets selling the same products in groups. Great if you find what you want...not so good if you are amongst curtain materials and want dried fruit. Better... More

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