BAHRAIN: Shop till you Drop
On your next trip to this charming island nation in the Middle East, bring back beautiful mementos and trinkets from its thriving souqs, incredible street markets, and shop from the best brands from its sizable malls.
From Real pearls, priceless Persian rugs, local spices, fresh dates, and many more things are available in Bahrain that genuinely capture the country's essence. Malls featuring well-known fashion labels and high-end brands are plentiful here.
The Bahrain City Center mall is located in Manama's Seef neighborhood. This upscale mall, which is also the biggest in Bahrain, includes everything from budget-friendly boutiques to expensive luxury labels. More than 340 stores, including Saks Avenue, Debenhams, Centre Point, Pottery Barn, and Home Centre, as well as 60 restaurants and the largest Carrefour hypermarket, are here to make your shopping experience spectacular. If you still have some time afterward. The Moda Mall inside the iconic Bahrain World Trade Centre houses over 80 fashion luxury high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Dior, Fendi, Versace, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci. It has the largest luxury brand portfolio of international designers. Of course, when you go to Bahrain, you will definitely want to shop for jewellery and the jewellery court in the mall is just spectacular with brands like Piaget, Chopard, and Cartier etc. The designs and glittery jewels will just leave you astonished.
The Avenues is a waterfront shopping centre situated along Bahrain Bay, and the location of this mall will entice you. It is located directly on the shimmering turquoise sea of the Arabian Gulf. With its distinctive 1.5 km long oceanfront location in the middle of Manama, it is the first shopping and leisure destination of its sort in the Kingdom of Bahrain. There are over 130 brands to explore here, along with over 60 restaurants and cafes to choose from. What’s really amazing about this mall is that after a day of shopping, one can just relax by taking a stroll along the waterfront or by enjoying a boat ride around the breath-taking Bahrain Bay. If you still have time, then you can also check out Dana Mall, Saar Mall, Dragon City, Juffair Mall, and the Bahrain Mall.
Seef Mall is the second largest mall in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is renowned for its unusual architecture and energizing ambiance. With 360 locations, it serves a variety of lifestyles with top-tier retail brands of clothing and jewelry for clients who care about quality. It also has 40+ eateries offering both local and foreign food. Seef Mall is a popular place for family outings because of the family entertainment options it provides, especially for kids. It features a kid-friendly play area, nurseries, and the indoor Magic Island theme park. Additionally, it has a Seef Megaplex with ten screens and a Seef Cineplex with six screens.
A shopping trip in Bahrain wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the vibrant souqs of this island destination. Inside the souq, you have all kinds of shops selling spices, clothes, and other traditional items. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the exotic spices, vibrant crafts, and sparkling jewellery as you stroll through the meandering, tiny streets. For an authentic local shopping experience, there is no better place than the Manama Souq. It is also known as Bab Al Bahrain (literally, the Gateway of Bahrain), and the history of the marketplace goes back to 1949. Right next to it, you will also find the two-story Gold Souq, in which you can admire several jewellers selling glittering gold and silver jewelry. Al Qusayrya Market, one of the oldest markets in Bahrain, is another that has grown tremendously popular over time. What makes it stand out in particular is its lovely architecture. If you want to shop for the best natural pearls that are certified, this market is the right place for it. What is interesting is that Al Qusayrya Market which is part of the Pearling Path was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.