Built by the Portuguese in the 1580s, this fort dominates the eastern end of the harbour. Used for military purposes, it is generally...
In a renovated 1930s house, this excellent museum traces the history – and prehistory – of Muscat through imaginative, interactive...
Samak (Fish) Roundabout
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
Left of the entrance to Mutrah Souq, with tables on the pavement, this thoroughly typical local-style restaurant is an ideal place to...
Lonely Planet review
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. There are some good antique shops selling a mixture of Indian and Omani artefacts among the usual textile, hardware and gold shops. Bargaining is expected but the rewards are not great, as any discount will be small. Entrance to the souq is via the corniche, opposite the pedestrian traffic lights. 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. Turn right immediately inside the entrance and follow your nose along to the gold souq ; or walk straight ahead, fork right at the first junction and left at Muscat Pharmacy for Al-Ahli Coffeeshop. You'll pass a traditional coffeehouse at the entrance but this tends to be a locals-only meeting point for elderly men.