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“Nice to see / shop!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bab el-Bahrain Souk

Bab el-Bahrain Souk
Manama, Bahrain
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Ranked #8 of 38 things to do in Manama
Activities: Shopping
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Manama, Bahrain
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“Nice to see / shop!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

The souq surrounding Bab Al Bahrain is a traditional market were you can find everything you need,
You can bargain the prices but there's chances of cheating by the Asians.
The best parking is behind the Regency intercontinental hotel.

Visited September 2013
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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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“Heart of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

You can find cheap hotels & cheap places to eat & traditional stuff. Almost all the popular fast food restaurants are nearby with some cheap night club. I stayed in Awal hotel which was nice, clean & true value for money. But if you are looking for heart of night life go to juffair area most of the good night clubs are located there.

Visited August 2013
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“Not bad, but have seen better in the region”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This souk is nice and convenient if you're staying at the InterContinental like we did. It is historical and the entrance gives you that impression, too.

However, the stores within are anything but local culture type - it's a regular shopping area selling all sorts of things with a few stores selling some handicraft type of things from where we were able to pick up some nice lamps, etc.

If you've seen similar markets in the neighboring countries, esp Souk Waqif in Qatar, and are expecting something of that level, you will be disappointed. But if you just want to walk around narrow streets looking at all the wares for sale, you'll probably enjoy it.

Visited August 2013
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Manama, Bahrain
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“Shopping”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Has variety of shops for garments, perfumes, accessories. Above all Gold market is also there. Pure gold, pearls could be easily found in many shops having variety of designs

Visited August 2013
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Riyadh
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“History reinstated!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Bab Al-Bahrian Souk is for those who want to explore the traditional Bahrain. The market is very well maintained and presents a variety of traditional merchandise including handicrafts, jewelry, perfumes, carpets, sweets etc.

The halls along with the souk have reasonable restaurants and sitting area to rest during roaming around this huge souk.

I would say it is one of the best places to be in Bahrain!

Visited September 2013
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