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“a place to keep life on a side”
Review of Souk Al-Mubarakiya

Souk Al-Mubarakiya
Ranked #2 of 83 things to do in Kuwait City
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“a place to keep life on a side”
Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

When you visit this place you would forget your life!! This place is place if you dont visit it means you havent been in kuwait, you can find the best textiles in excellent prices, you find clothings which are handmade and beautiful, you can find the best jackets either leather or fur from inside or normal whuch trust me competes with most known brands but the prices ARE CHEAP!! When i went.there and have seen the jackets it was like cold water on my face from the surprise as the quality was much better than the branded jackets and the price was 75% cheaper!! You have to drink the mango juice offered there or have tea made on charcoal its extremely niiice!! You have to go and atleast smell the OUD OR BUKHOOR there "its a kind of oil which smells very nice and arabs love it and its best is cumbodian" and.bukhoor is something you burn with charcoal and gives a very nice smell!!
If you are hungry you can ask for.their.food court its in an open area and you can have kebab there its very delicious or machboos rbyan thats prawn and rice in an arabian way

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Bangkok, Thailand
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Perhaps the most genuine market in the Gulf?”
Reviewed February 18, 2012

If you have a few hours in Kuwait, visit the old souq. It is a really atmospheric place. I have seen other souqs in the region and this one is in many ways my favourite. Nobody will bother you as it isn't a "touristy souq". I love the shops selling dates, spices, olives, fruit and veg and fish. The gold souq is in an adjacent building too. Join the locals do and have lunch there: traditional Middle Eastern dishes, flat breads, mixed grills and kebabs.

Visited September 2011
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Vienna, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“The heart and soul of Kuwait”
Reviewed January 2, 2012

This is one of my favorite places in Kuwait, while the whole country has stepped into the 21st century this place has stayed true to its origins. It is authentic, traditional, vibrant and full of life. My favorite place is a restaurant called al shomam, it's located in the heart of market and although it's seating is not the best it's food is beautiful. It embodies traditional Kuwaiti food with it's wonderfully cooked fresh fish and a range of traditional chicken and/ or meat dishes. Every time I visit Kuwait I visit this restaurant and I have never been disappointed. After you're done you can walk around and shop, they have everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, traditional clothes, and gold.

Visited December 2011
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Warner Robins, GA
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A must see!!”
Reviewed November 20, 2011

My husband and I happened to stumble across this market while waiting for a tour of the Grand Mosque. What a jewel!! We were the only Americans in sight, but weren't made to feel out of place in any way. Rows and rows of neat finds, jewelry, rugs, scarves, traditional clothing, exotic foods and other goods. We plan to go back again before leaving the city. I couldn't find an address online anywhere, but I can tell you that it is near the underground street crossing, souk sharq, and McDonalds. Actually, the entrance we found was directly across the street from the two story McDonalds. Busy area during commute times, lots of people on and off busses. Watch for traffic, no one is going to slow down for you. Parking is very cheap (250 fils for several hours) in the area but was a little difficult to come by.

Visited November 2011
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Authentic Arabian souq”
Reviewed November 20, 2011

A great place to browse and eat. It looks like I ate at the same place as the last review looking at the two photos, huge Arabian naan like bread with chicken and hummus for next to nothing and great Arabic tea. Then for dessert some dates from the many date stands!

Visited November 2011
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