Hope in their Hands
At the heart of Old San'a is the Souq al-Milh. Though the name indicates that the sole product is salt, this is something of a misnomer....
Sheba Art Gallery
Exhibited at this gallery are the paintings of local artist Ali Dahan.
Of the 50 mosques still standing in the old city, the Great Mosque north of Bab al-Yaman, is the most significant. For centuries it...
Next to the qat market in the heart of the old city. This restaurant is regarded as having the best salta (a kind of stew and the...
Hope in their Hands information
Lonely Planet review
The National Women's Centre for Development Handicrafts and Hope in their Hands are two nonprofit organisations located inside the same building with the joint aim of increasing the financial independence of Yemeni women. This is done through workshops where the women, who are often widowed or divorced, learn skills such as sewing and weaving. The resulting products are then sold in the two downstairs shops, which together are the best place in San'a to buy souvenirs.
If you're lucky, you might be allowed upstairs to watch the women at work. Even without these centres the building itself, a renovated caravanserai (a traditional storage and lodging house for traders travelling the old trade routes), is worth a visit.