Saturday, May 8, 2010

Souk Mubarakiya

I've written briefly about Souk Mubarakiya before and now I've added some photos too. My family and I spent the afternoon at Souk Mubarakiya. It opens around 4 p.m. (evening hours). We arrived hungry so we went to one of the little Arabic restaurants hidden in one of the corners of Mubarakiya. It might look a little ghetto but the food is good and reasonably priced.

We ordered so much food we were about to burst. Rice, chicken, tikka, soups, salads and they provide hot fresh bread from the ovens. Mmmm Mmmm! After finishing our meal it was time to walk it off. There are many different items for sale. There's a fruit and vegetable market as well as a fish market. I have one favorite little store that sells clothing. It used to be 500 fils but the raised the price to 750 fils. I find clothing from the US there with the US price tags still on them.

I got some white stag brand 3 quarter cotton pants for 750 fils. They still had the US price tag on them. They also had Nautica brand cotton house robes for men for 750 fils. Of course my kids love the 100 fils store. There are alot of them around so my kids have plenty of things to choose from. I remember my first visit to Kuwait in 2003 and I thought it was so cool to have a 100 fils store. I remember I had no concept of the Kuwaiti currency then, I was always confused.

Actually I went to Souk Mubarakiya to get sambosak (little fried triangles with cheese in them) from the best vendor in Kuwait. Unfortunately it was closed and looked out of business. I was disappointed as that vendor has the best ones I've had in Kuwait. I hope I was looking in the wrong area and he's still around. After finishing up shopping it's routine to stop by the old Irani guy to pick up sweets. My mom has been going to him since she came to Kuwait. I loooooooove the cream puff pastries, they are to die for. They are refrigerated and so fresh!

100 fils store



Fruit and vegetable market

Some of the items for sale.




Not too crowded at 4 p.m.

I got to eat one cream puff, by the next day they were gone! Thanks kids.

12 comments :

  1. Can you tell me where this is located? I'd love to plan a trip!

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  2. Great post and photos! I love going there on the weekends by myself. I'm not a fan of Fahaheel or other American places. It's nice to see the real Kuwait and taste all the goodies!

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  3. It's located next to the Stock Exchange/Grand Mosque in the Kuwait City area.

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  4. Thanks for your post - really interesting. Where exactly are those shops you mentioned with items for 750 fils from USA? I'd love to pick up a bargain or two before I return home in the summer?

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  5. The 750 fils store is outside between the front stores and the enclosed market. There's an old bluish dried out water fountain walk straight passed it and the store is on your right as you are facing the entrance to the vegetable market area. They only have a few name brand items so it's a matter of luck finding tham as they never have the same things all the time.

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  6. I have only just discovered your blog - it's really fantastic - thanks for all your interesting and informative posts. Keep up the good work!

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  7. Souk Mubarakiya is one of the nicest places to walk around in Kuwait! I honestly enjoy it a lot!

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  8. I love souk mubarakiya I am indian and I am work hear 7years in mubarakiya love u my shop in souk mubarakiya in said ship market shop no. 36 saler Lds bag gogal etc. mob 00965 97451693

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  9. I Just miss Kuwait..Unfortunately am back to India..I love to visit Kuwait once again, particularly to souq mubarakiya for that wonderful irani food(kebabs, tawook, grills, mushakkal, and all foods)..Miss them..

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  10. Thanks for the info but could you tell me one thing...in ramadhan what time they will open and closed?..thank for quick response coz i only a few hours in here.

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  11. I don't know exactly but a good time to go would probably be around 8 pm as most shops will probably be open and it's cooler but the place itself is always open even if the shops aren't.

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