Souk Al-Mubarakiya

Souk Al-Mubarakiya, Kuwait City: Hours, Address, Souk Al-Mubarakiya Reviews: 4.5/5

Souk Al-Mubarakiya
4.5
Flea & Street Markets
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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nickchanning
Feketeerdo, Hungary146 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Love this place. The street food is fantastic, kebab off the grill and bread from the oven and a pot of hot tea. No better way to experience what Kuwait is about. Bartering for fruit and veg or fish it’s just a great way to spend a few hours
Written January 17, 2020
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JenanJamal
Kuwait City, Kuwait1,895 contributions
Dec 2020
Souk Al-Mubarakiya is the heart of Kuwait City. Local Items can be founded with reasonable prices. Everything in one big place, but its need a good weather to go and shop.

You can gather, shop and enjoy all together! Very interesting place to visit and spend a lovely hours!
Written December 4, 2020
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edlesch
Kuwait City, Kuwait352 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
The Souk was a great cultural and shopping experience. There is both an inside (temperature controled) and outside section. I went on a Saturday afternoon and there was plenty of parking . There is a mixture of things to shop for from fruits, meat, fish, to local affairs like clothes, perfumes, and herbs.
Written June 13, 2021
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland22,325 contributions
Mar 2020
The Souk Al-Mubarakiya was the closest sight by my hotel and this is were I went first and I went there again. To speak honestly I was not overwhelmed, probably because I had just been coming from the Souq Wakif in Doha and because I had seen so many souqs and bazaars in North Africa, with Morocco on top, but also in Istanbul and especially in Syria (Damascus, Aleppo) before the war, plus several places in other countries.

Efforts have been made to add some traditional colour to this market, named after the Kuwaiti Sheikh, who here is called 'Mubarak Al-Kabir' (Mubarak the Great), ruling the country, when it passed from Ottoman to British influence. There are some decorative elements, like flagstones in patterns on the floor, like gabled wooden ceilings and old-style lamps, but most buildings here are nondescript modern and the lanes in the souq are all straight and quite wide. Definitely not the romantic bazaar labyrinth with narrow passages, where one easily gets lost in the midst of all kind of oriental odours and perfumes.

For sale here are various objects, from jewellery and gold to everyday items, from antiques to cheap Chinese plastic junk, from fish to fruit and vegetables. There are a few cafés and restaurants, especially around small open plazas, also public toilets are available. A small 'McDonald' can be found here as well.

Compared to more attractive, but also far more touristy souqs, as for example in Marrakesh or at the Khan El Khalili in Cairo, here at least one is not constantly harassed by aggressive salesmen. There were just a few here, mainly young Indian men, trying to push textiles or perfume.
Written December 15, 2020
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NAQ8
Kuwait City, Kuwait2,592 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
Traditional market built early 1920 , originally for merchants to gather meet & trade goods with local merchants. Expanded & modernise over the years but still maintaining its original decor .
Popular for locals & tourists, restaurants & shops offering variety of traditional food & products .
Must visit spot in Kuwait . No entering fees, paid parking available. Highly recommended. Enjoy NK
Written July 14, 2021
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Samir H. H
5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
I have taken my son who was visiting kuwait to show him one of the best historic and landmark places in kuwait which was an amazing experience for both of us. As it has brought back fond memories of how important this market was and still is for kuwaities and expatriates alike. I have expressed to him how the market has evolved from the sixties till current time and how the authorities developed and improved the area. A visit to Moubarakia is a must to all to sense the real life of kuwait
Written February 12, 2020
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Alsuwaidi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates111 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Souk Al Mubarakiya is worth visiting even though it is super busy. Parking could be an issue.
The place is great to walk at , shop from and eat at. They have a mix of traditional as well as modern items to buy. There are lots of restaurants, coffee shops and qahwas.
Written January 3, 2020
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khamop111
Kuwait City, Kuwait5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Very nice place to visit especially at night time . This place is really a big place to enjoy walking and shopping different markets in one location ( vegetables and fruits market ,perfume market , national and modern dressing market , national sweets market, meat market , fish market ........ect. ) . Really it was a very good visit with beautiful atmosphere. Also we’v found a lot of good restaurants have Kuwaiti and international food , and a lot of places to enjoy famous Kuwaiti hot drinks like Arabic coffee and many different kinds of tea . I strongly recommend this place for all visitors .
Written January 19, 2020
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Nad.
World711 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
Souk in Arabic means Market in English and Bazar in so many other languages. Al-Mubarakiya is one of the oldest places in Kuwait 🇰🇼. It's design represents the flavor of old Kuwait and how life was. A lot of stores and shops selling antiques, decorations and traditional wear. Also, you can experience having dinner there with a variety of restaurants; especially, grilled meat.
Written November 18, 2018
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Murtaza M
Kuwait City, Kuwait86 contributions
Well thank you TripAdvisor for giving this platform for people like us to give our opinions to fellow travelers who are visiting our city: Kuwait.

Souq Mubarakiya has existed since the beginning of beginnings of Kuwait. Right back from the black and white days, the traders use to sell their products in this area, whether they were Arabs or expatriates.

Souq Mubarakiya today is a trendy shopping market which has shops for all things one needs/wants/wishes or dreams about.

Ranging from cosmetics, boutiques, gold jewelry, merchandise, right up till groceries, diary products, fish and meat!

The fish market is so famous that people from all parts of Kuwait especially visit Mubarakiya to get a good catch.

Young locals and expats can be seen thronging fashion shops trying to sport some new trendy look, which middle aged locals roam about trying to get a good bargain from an unsuspecting shopkeeper.

I visit Mubarakiya when I want some color in my life, which it surely offers by just sitting on a bench and watching people go about their business as normal.

It's a top place to hang around and watch the usual hubbub in Kuwait.

Written April 1, 2015
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