Souk Al-Mubarakiya
Souk Al-Mubarakiya
4.5
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had my delicious lunch here and bought cheap fruits
    This was the last place my hired driver took me. Walked around a little bit before deciding where to lunch. Paid 2.25 KD for a delicious dish made of baked chicken leg and Biryani rice. Fruits were very cheap too, paid 1 KD for several oranges, a bunch of grapes and several bananas. Almost anything can be purchased here: clothings, spices, fruits, fish, jewelries, vegetables, etc. Tnere are also several restaurants along the main road and inside the souq. Several money exchages were also noted here.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Lpoko258
    155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see and buy!
    A market where you can find anything that you need! It’s a great place to wander around the halls and get lost for a few hours. What I really loved is that there aren’t people in your face trying to sell to you- they let you come to them. very different to the souks I’ve been to in other countries!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Salemsau
    Kuwait2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most beautiful markets in Kuwait City
    One of the oldest markets in Kuwait. One of the best places where I found fresh meat. For more than six years, I have only bought meat from Mubarakiya. There is also a perfume and incense market and evening gatherings.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 25, 2024
  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,371 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic market area in central Kuwait adjusted to modern times.
    The historic center of the souk has been there for more than 200 years, long before oil made Kuwait rich. Damaged during the Iraqi invasion and more recently in 2022 by a huge fire, the souk has recovered and been renovated. Moreover, it has been expanded and nowadays feels more like a conglomerate of markets from different time periods. I visited during Ramadan when only after dark parts of the souk come alive.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 27, 2024
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland28,612 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The historic center of the souk has been there for more than 200 years, long before oil made Kuwait rich. Damaged during the Iraqi invasion and more recently in 2022 by a huge fire, the souk has recovered and been renovated. Moreover, it has been expanded and nowadays feels more like a conglomerate of markets from different time periods.

I visited during Ramadan when only after dark parts of the souk come alive.
Written March 27, 2024
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Lpoko258
Long Island, NY155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
A market where you can find anything that you need! It’s a great place to wander around the halls and get lost for a few hours. What I really loved is that there aren’t people in your face trying to sell to you- they let you come to them. very different to the souks I’ve been to in other countries!
Written December 27, 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This was the last place my hired driver took me. Walked around a little bit before deciding where to lunch. Paid 2.25 KD for a delicious dish made of baked chicken leg and Biryani rice. Fruits were very cheap too, paid 1 KD for several oranges, a bunch of grapes and several bananas.

Almost anything can be purchased here: clothings, spices, fruits, fish, jewelries, vegetables, etc. Tnere are also several restaurants along the main road and inside the souq. Several money exchages were also noted here.
Written November 7, 2023
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NAQ8
Kuwait City, Kuwait2,824 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Emirates183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar19,225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
A chain of shops, restaurants, cafes, stalls and yards that families can spend a day easily in walk, talk, sit and dine in. Many Souqs connected to each other like fish market, vegetable market, dates, perfumes, souvenirs and others. But mainly it’s a restaurants and small kiosks. Don’t miss Al Shamam restaurant Kebab.
Written April 24, 2023
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Salemsau
Kuwait2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
One of the oldest markets in Kuwait. One of the best places where I found fresh meat. For more than six years, I have only bought meat from Mubarakiya. There is also a perfume and incense market and evening gatherings.
Written February 25, 2024
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khaled A
Kuwait City, Kuwait6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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