As you enter the Al-Mubarakiya area, you find yourself walking down cobblestone paths from days of a bygone era, into a partially covered space full of currency exchange kiosks. Past the kiosks on either side of the main road, little passages take you to all the different Souqs or markets, where they effortlessly blur into one giant celebration of texture, culture, and color.
Seamlessly moving from one market road to the other, you can easily find yourself lost amidst goody-filled stalls. From bags to carpets and even traditional dress, there’s always something for everyone. If you’re in the market for some really cool Klim or even Sadu fabric merchandise, you’re in luck! Cushions, vests, bags, and even carpets are sold in this fabric for a fraction of the price of the same traditional wares in the States! Walk through the Bisht Souq and Gharabally Souq for incredible bargains.
If you’re looking for a vintage feel but with a modern twist, be sure to pay Bait Ahmad a visit. Full of trendy knick-knacks, home-wear, bags, and even clothes – Bait Ahmad is a haven for all things kitschy-chic. Thrift store galore, the Wholesale Thrift Market – Souq Al Magasees – has everything from cheap sunglasses, watches, and general accessories to colorful scarves and keffiyehs. Further still, you can stumble upon a figurative gold mine – the Gold Souq. Buy a pair of gold earrings, commission a bracelet design of your choosing, and find the highest of GIA grade diamonds; it’s a gold fanatic’s dream.
Then there’s the mystical Souq Al Hareem – Women’s Souq. Past New Street, and deeper into the market’s welcoming nooks and crannies, you come across a market so interesting you can’t help but roam. Traditionally run by women, this market is full of everything – makeup, pantyhose, delicates, creams, soaps, and homemade potions, yes potions – Souq Al Hareem has it all! Traditional cover-ups and henna heaven, the women there know what they’re doing and can help you pin-point your needs in a snap. Previously, virtually void of men, but rarely anymore, the women are the bosses there, and they’ll be calling the shots. So always remember that from the Gold Souq to Bait Ahmad and around to Souq Al Hareem, you can practically get anything you can possibly need!