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Old Kuwaiti Souq Market

Souq almubarakia, Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Ranked #6 of 17 Shopping in Kuwait City
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Kuwait, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait
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157 reviews 157 reviews
59 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is an unique heritage place of Kuwait. It is unique in the sense that the whole area is located with variety of shops lined up in lanes & selling all types of grocery items, clothes, gold, etc. It is worth a round just to capture ethnic touch of the city.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Kuwait is a great place to get gold on the cheap. Every souq has a gold center, and you should definitely check them out. But make sure you get counter-offers from other store before you buy. [I was cheated out of $2000 by a jewer in Kuwait, called Big Easy in Fahaheel, after they destroyed my USA designer engagement ring.]

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I have gone many times. Each time I see something different. There are so many shops and choices. Bathroom options are limited. Your best option is to go to a local chain restaurant or go to the Souk, then stop somewhere for lunch and go to the bathroom there.

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Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I was taken to the souq by my son and daughter in law, who live in Kuwait. It was quite an experience - similar in some respects to the souq in Cairo, but less intimidating. A curious mix of fabrics, fresh fruit and veg, and the occasional butcher. I was blown away by the number of beautiful and intricate shawls... More 

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Make certain you allow a lot of time for the souq complex in downtown Kuwait. It is a maze of interconnecting markets offering food, carpets, spices, antiques, clothing, fabrics of all tyoes, gold and bric-brac. Each trip to the souq is a new adventure with new shops to discover and fun sights. Come with a variety of bills so that... More 

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Caracas, Venezuela
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Really loved to visit Almubarakiya Soukh, there you can have a face to face with Kuwait s traditions. Beautiful dresses, spices, gold shops,embroidered items, souvenirs, good food and lot of hospitality.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Buy some scarves or copious amounts of candy. It was interesting for me, as a Western woman, to see women in the full niqab waiting in line for a coke at the snack bar. Worth a visit.

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Toledo, Ohio
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82 reviews 82 reviews
29 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Stopped at the Old Souq last week and found the selections to be fascinating. You can purchase fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, spices and nearly anything you may need or want for yourself or your home. I picked up some reasonable priced shawls from the Al-Moebba & Salam Gifts and Novelties, and the owners were delightfully helpful and kind. And I... More 

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New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The size and variety of goods in this authentic market is impressive. Be careful to guard your purse, be prepared to bargain and realize that most goods are not from Kuwait!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Very overwhelming. A lot of real middle eastern stuff at reasonable prices. The biggest challenge is having enough time to cover it all. Plan on a week to truely visit all the shops.

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