Bahrain’s markets offer an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary goodies for shoppers
Lazy afternoons in Bahrain can be best spent in doing some window shopping. Right from aromatic spices to incense burners and exquisite Persian rugs to gold, markets here are filled with merchandise that reflects true Arabian culture. And as you stroll along the narrow lanes, the aroma of spices wafting through the air, sound of Arabic chatter and the sight of countless heaps of dry fruit and dates, make it an experience to remember.
The labyrinthine lanes of the Manama Souq located beyond the Bab Al Bahrain are marked with open-air stalls and department stores, which mainly sell clothes, electronics, antiques and gold. The market is also host to an exquisite variety of Persian rugs, European perfumes and aromatic herbs, which are stored in burlap sacks alongside henna kits and incense burners.
A visit to Bahrain’s gold souks is a must as gold here is low priced, finely crafted and of best quality. The Gold Souk building and the newly opened Gold City boast of over a hundred jewellery shops and most ornaments here are made of 22 carat gold unlike the usual 18 carat. Bahrain is also popular for its superior quality pearls.
Saving a Buck
If you want to do some budget shopping, the Souk Al Haraj in Isa Town is a popular flea market known for its unique collection of antiques. You can really strike a good deal here if you possess the art of bargaining as it is the keyword here.
The Seef Mall, Marina Mall or the Al Aali Shopping Complex are perfect for some exclusive shopping. You will find prominent clothes brands like Armani Jeans, Armani Junior, Missoni, Nancy Gonzalez, Coach, Roberto Cavalli, Red Valentino, Alice by Temperley, Moschino, Zagliani and Jimmy Choo here.
Words By: Megha Paul