Sunday, December 28, 2014

Exploring Souk Al Mubarakiya

Now that the weather is really nice in Kuwait city, it's a must to visit Souk Al Mubarakiya, Kuwait's oldest traditional souk, simply for its bustling atmosphere, the eclectic variety of goods (old and new) and the traditional way of doing business. For those who are unfamiliar with it, you can find all sorts of things there like gold, spices, the freshest fruits and vegetable, eateries, gift Items, traditional perfumes and clothes etc. Its a place where you can easily spend hours without noticing. 

For the first time, I managed to closely see Koshk Mubarak (shown in the photos above and below), an old kiosk where the 7th ruler of Kuwait used to sit and meet people and businessmen of Kuwait. I loved the fact that the small building has been preserved. It felt amazing walking through this small space and admiring all the old photos that were hung in there of old Kuwait. 

If you're interested in taking a proper tour around Souk Al Mubarakiya, you want want to get in touch with @souq_Almubarakiya.  They organize walks around the souk and also give quite interesting info and tips about this gem of a place. 

Spotted this cute local shop called 3albaraka at SoMu, Kuwait's latest new and hip area in Souk Mubarakiya. The tiny store sells traditional/modern women's caftans and cover-ups and apparently some of its proceeds go to charity.

Traditional steel tea pots

Loved these colorful ghutras with their tassel details, thinking of getting the dark yellow one to accessorize my lazy weekend looks. 

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