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Al-Hamidiyah Souq, Damascus, Syria
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Ranked #3 of 49 Restaurants in Damascus
Most recent review
- Jun 27, 2014
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87% Recommend
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  • Arabic first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bangkok, Thailand
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

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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

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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Flensburg, Germany
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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Milk ice cream but almost kneaded so its consistence reminds of melted cheese (in a good way), covered with chopped pistachios. Bustling place in the old part of Damascus.

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Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Ice creams are made manually, but very hygienically. It was wonderful to be at a famous and so old Ice Cream shop.

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Tarsus, Turkey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

They asked me if i wanted the ice-cream or the dessert made with milk. and i wanted ice-cream on the dessert. I think this was not something commenly wanted. Two of them were great. I wish i can visit there again when there is peace.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Classic ice cream parlour in the centre of Damascus, everyone's local favourite. It is the traditional Arab ice cream and covered in pistachios.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

It is impossible for any Syrian not to know Bakdash... Bakdash is famous not only for Damascus local, but everyone visiting Damascus from neighbouring countries... Bakdash for Syrians is like Dondurma for Turks... People go there for the quality and taste... locals and tourists go there for the ice cream... The place is small but offers a variety of desserts,... More

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Damascus, Syria
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Bekdash, the family name of a wrestler who found this place, is located in Damascus busiest market, Hamedeye.it offers many types of ice cream, but the most famous one is the milk and pistachio one -originally Turkish Danderma- along with the hot milk or "sahlab" with cinnamon.

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Damascus, Syria
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

location is inside the very old souk of Hamidiya. you can try different type of ice cream, where it is made in front of you and it is not creamy. something tradional and not found anywhere else.

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