Mutrah Gold Souq
If you're visiting Mutrah Souq , don't miss a stroll through the narrow alleys that house the glittering gold shops. The bridal gold,...
There are several ways into the souq. The most obvious is the one beneath the dome, on Mutrah Corniche.
Built by the Portuguese in the 1580s, this fort dominates the eastern end of the harbour. Used for military purposes, it is generally...
Al Ahli Coffeeshop
In the middle of Mutrah Souq, this is the best place for delicious, layered fruit juices of pomegranate, custard apple and mango. There...
Fastfood ‘n’ Juice Centre
East of the main entrance to Mutrah Souq on Mutrah Corniche, this thoroughly typical local-style restaurant with tables on the pavement...
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Mutrah Souq information
Many people come to Mutrah Corniche just to visit the souq, which retains the chaotic interest of a traditional Arab market albeit housed under modern timber roofing. Shops selling Omani and Indian artefacts together with a few antiques jostle among more traditional textile, hardware and jewellery stores. Bargaining is expected although discounts tend to be small. Cards are generally accepted in most shops, but bring cash for better deals. The main entry is via the corniche, opposite the pedestrian traffic lights.
The traditional coffeehouse at the souq's entrance is a rare relic from the past and a locals-only meeting point for elderly men. Take care not to wander into the historic Shiite district of Al Lawataya by mistake, as the settlement is walled for a good purpose. A sign under the archway requests that visitors keep out.
Navigating the souq takes a bit of practice. You enter by going slightly uphill away from the sea. If you keep turning right at each junction, you will of course come back to the sea. If in doubt, head downhill. That said, getting lost inside the souq is part of the fun. A right fork at the first junction and a left at Muscat Pharmacy should lead you to an Aladdin's Cave of a bead shop and Al Ahli Coffeeshop, famed for its fresh juices, but then again...