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Shopping in Bahrain

Manama souk's myriad alleyways are filled with bargains, from spices to fabrics, and tailors who will make something up for you overnight. Seef's chic shopping malls offer designer jelabiyas (kaftans) and international labels, while Muharraq is the place to buy traditional sweets. Other good buys include Persian carpets and the Bahraini incense bakhoor. Malls are generally open constantly from 10am to 10pm and souks from 8.30am to 8pm, closing for lunch from 12.30pm to 4pm.

Hussain Mohammed Showaiter Sweets, Bahrain. Photo by Melissa van Maasdyk

Shops

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  1. 1. Seventh Heaven - Shops

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    Seventh Heaven, Bahrain. Courtesy of Seventh Heaven

    Luxury label lovers with a penchant for glamour need look no further than Seef's Seventh Heaven, where chandeliers drip from the ceiling, offsetting international designer clothes, shoes and accessories with more bling than Jennifer Lopez.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-10pm

    Address

    First floor, Al'Aali Shopping Complex, Seef, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1758 2717

    Transport

    Taxi or car

    Website

    Seventh Heaven

  2. 2. The Bahrain Mall - Shops

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    Mega shopping in Manama. Photo courtesy of The Bahrain Mall.

    In the Sanabis district, The Bahrain Mall houses more than 120 international brands under one very long roof. Shop for everything amongst desert palms, fountains and tents as traditional meets modern in this world-class hypermarket disguised as an ethnic fortress.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-10pm

    Address

    Sanabis District, Avenue 28, Manama

    Telephone

    +973 17558101

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bahrain Mall

  3. 3. Al'Aali Shopping Complex - Shops

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    Al'Aali Shopping Complex, Bahrain. Photo by Melissa van Maasdyk

    Seef's exclusive Al'Aali Shopping Complex features wall-to-wall designer boutiques, the best manicure in town (at NStyle Nail Lounge) and a 'souk' section with handicrafts and local delicacies. Don't leave without a box of lemon- and almond-stuffed dates from Bateel.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-10pm

    Address

    Seef, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 17 581000

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Al'Aali Shopping Complex

Markets

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  1. 4. Manama Souk - Markets

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    Wandering through Manama Souk's myriad of alleyways is a multi-sensory experience. Exotic spices fragrance the air, colourful fabrics blow in the breeze, and singing camels and mosque alarm clocks compete with vendors declaring the best bargains in town.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sat-Thu 8am-12.30pm & 3.30pm-7.30pm

    Address

    Near Bab Al Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain

    Transport

    Taxi or car

  2. 5. Fish Market - Markets

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    Fish Market, Bahrain. Photo by Melissa van Maasdyk

    A visit to Manama's Fish Market is as authentic a Bahraini experience as you will find. Go in the morning to see fishermen fresh off their dhows touting shrimp, crabs, squid and giant spotted hammour (grouper).Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 5am-2pm

    Address

    Pearl roundabout, Manama, Bahrain

    Transport

    Taxi or car

  3. 6. Gold Souk - Markets

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    Manama's Gold Souk is a three-storey Aladdin's Cave where you can haggle for everything from contemporary jewellery to over-the-top Arabian headdresses in 18- to 24-carat gold. If time permits, you can even have something custom-made.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-12.30pm & 3.30pm-7.30pm

    Address

    Shaikh Abdullah Road, Manama, Bahrain

    Transport

    Taxi or car

Specialists

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  1. 7. Hussain Mohammed Showaiter Sweets - Specialists

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    Hussain Mohammed Showaiter Sweets, Bahrain. Photo by Melissa van Maasdyk

    Established 150 years ago in Muharraq's bustling souk, Hussain Mohammed Showaiter Sweets is renowned for inventing the island's own version of halwa. Before buying, sample this sticky saffron- and rose-water-flavoured concoction, along with Arabic coffee and pistachio-filled pastries.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6.30am-10pm

    Address

    Shaikh Hamad Ave, Muharraq, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1734 5550

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Hussain Mohammed Showaiter Sweets

  2. 8. Bradran Persian Store - Specialists

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    In business since 1935, Bradran Persian Store is an essential stop in Manama Souk for those in search of quality carpets. Take in the endless choices over a cup of Arabic coffee with trustworthy guidance provided by the salesman.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sat-Thur 8.30am-1.30pm & 3.30pm-7.30pm

    Address

    Shop 3401, Block 304, Road 467, Manama, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1722 8655

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bradran Persian Store

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