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Al-Hamidiyah Souq, Damascus, Syria

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The Oriental Ice Cream House

You cannot miss it, it is located at the heart of Damascus city, inside Hamediyah souq, you can call it the oriental Ice Cream house, so delicious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Doha, Qatar

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Doha, Qatar
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

You cannot miss it, it is located at the heart of Damascus city, inside Hamediyah souq, you can call it the oriental Ice Cream house, so delicious.

Tra Vinh, Vietnam
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Bakdash does not serve meals only dessert: pudding and ice cream. I was there in 2009 but that was not an option below. The place is always packed so you must chare a table with others. This, to me, is no hardship because I always like to rub elbows with locals. Sadly, I am unsure of its statuse now due... More 

Damascus, Syria
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Bakdash is one of the oldest places in damascus , located in hamedieh historic souk in the middle of damascus as next o other famous places such as omayed mosque, they offered delicious traditonal ice cream in damascus they call it bouza , besides some of the great traditional damascene sweetest such as kashakeh, mahlaieh and shalab

Toronto, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

hand delicious ice cream in familial atmosphere , it is in mid famous Ottoman al hamydia bazar reliable prices and good service , it is essential to visit in in damascuse

Doha, Qatar
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

When you visit Al-Hamidiyah Souq in the Syrian capital Damascus you must try (even it's winter) the delicious original ice cream of Bakdash, the shop is 130 years old and it's still offer the original traditional Syrian ice cream for his customers who are coming from all around the world to taste his famous ice cream (in Syria they call... More 

Damascus, Syria
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

It shouldnt be put as 2nd on the Restaurant list as they only sell ice cream so it's misleading. There is space to sit down but it gets very crowded in the Summer especially with Tourists because it has a reputation for good ice cream.

Hannover, Germany
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This place has the best ice cream i have ever tasted,has a traditional ice cream ,very very crowded place because of the quality of the place. I recommend it so much much plus its cheap ;)

Bangkok, Thailand
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It's probably the most visited small shop in the Souk. With crowds standing by the open show window, the staff at Bakdash know how to put on a show. But this is their daily routine in making kneaded ice cream. Covered with pistachio crumbs, it's as if you're eating vanilla ice cream with strips or strings of cheese inside. This... More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Dirty & smelly shop The workers aren't professional The place is crowded No parking place Locals don't eat there anymore , but everybody still talks about the " name " past

Derby, England, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

very hygienic, and clean icecream with traditional seating and its a very busy place because of its popularity and name that has not lost its name after gaining fame. Usually when places get popular they start buying products according to quantity and not quantity but this place always works as hard as when it first opened. Great

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  • Address: Al-Hamidiyah Souq, Damascus, Syria
  • Location: Middle East  >  Syria  >  Damascus

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