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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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41 reviews 41 reviews
41 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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156 reviews 156 reviews
33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
25 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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Manama, Bahrain
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Lovely traditional shopping place where you can get all what you need with lower prices. As a recommendation, don't miss the traditional coffee shops which serves traditional amazing breakfast. Also, ask about "Nakhi Basheer" one of the most traditional restaurants which serves traditional spicy snacks. Worth to visit.

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Isa Town, Bahrain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It was great experience to Visit, it's a nice shopping outdoor centre with classic shops and items. The only things need to be there is some cold air.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Nice and quite large souk to visit in the evening, but parking is a challenge. Great to walk around and see all these colourful souvenir shops where obviously you need to negotiate if you don't want to be overcharged. Few nice cafes and snacks for a casual meal break. It is missing a museum in the vicinity as it is... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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 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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