Mutrah Souq

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.