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Review of Souk Al-Mubarakiya

Souk Al-Mubarakiya
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Downtown Kuwait City Tour
Ranked #2 of 84 things to do in Kuwait City
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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33 reviews
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“old city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Souk almubarakakia is a great place to be in, where it reflects the old Kuwait city. the place is better to be visited at night, also there is a lot of activities in it (fish market, vegetable and fruit market, traditional clthes markets, perfumes and many things)
you have to try the traditional food there and drink the kuwaiti tea

Visited July 2013
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“Spices Aroma and Gold Glitter”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

This should be your first destination when visiting Kuwait to get a taste of the Kuwaiti Bazar. The Souq (Bazar ) consists of shops that sell various merchandise ranging from national costumes, sweets, spices, dates (of various varieties not available in the states), to Arabic perfumes like musk, and Oud and other oil perfumes that are natural and alcohol free widely used in Arabian Gulf countries, they also sell inscent. The gold market is located in the heart of the Souq where shops are lined adjacent to each other displaying their unique gold pieces of authentic Arabic styles. Make sure you zip through all the little shops to find those that sell authentic kitchen ware, Arabic tea cups and tea pots and baskets and mats weaved out of date palm fronds , another gulf speciality. The food section of the Souq contains produce, meet and fish. Restaurants serve Arabic and Iranian Kebabs with basmati rice, one of many traditional dishes you will find their. Do not miss out on the tanoor bread locally known as Iranian bread which is cooked in Tanoor; the hand made clay oven. You will find the 100 fils shops, the Kuwaiti version of the dollar store. Oldest bookstore is located in the Souq, praying beads speciality shops , some antiques and artifacts.
Don't forget to bargain even at the gold shops, a trick that always works is pretending to walk away and wait for them to call you back.

Visited August 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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“Visit Historic Kuwait”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

A must see for any first time visitor to Kuwait and continued enjoyment for old hands. A visit to Souk Al-Mubarakiya presents one with authentic sights and smells of an old Arab market. You can browse at your leisure through the many vendors and shops selling everything from spices, incense, and dates to carpets and clothing. Top off your visit with a to eat at one of the many restaurants in the souk or have a coffee and shisha.

Visited April 2013
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Gavle, Sweden
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“A must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

If there is but one thing that you should visit in Kuwait it is this Souk. You can go to shopping malls anywhere but you can rarely visit a market that is this big and has this much to offer.
The Souk is outside but has a roof for shadow. If it gets too warm you can go down to the basement where they sell make up and accessories.
Don't forget to visit the food market where they sell spices and dates!

Visited July 2013
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“An authentic experience: casual shopping at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

This is a lovely atmospheric suq (traditional market).. clean, busy, hard to date the buildings but absolutely in the style of an old suq. Loads of food outlets. Make sure you try the fish restaurant!
Reckon an at least an hour (in summer when its hot) and maybe a couple of hours in winter to have a wander around...

Visited July 2013
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