Kuwait’s air-conditioned malls and traditional souqs are among some of the country’s main attractions. From Prada handbags to gold earrings, Kuwait shopping trips deliver a truly cosmopolitan experience.
Malls in Kuwait
In and around Kuwait City, travellers will find an array of luxury shopping malls. The largest mall in the country is The Avenue, home to a mix of designer brands, jewellery stores and international restaurants. This chic shopping mall is so expansive that it could take several days to explore all its stores, making it ideal for shopaholic travellers hoping to take advantage of Kuwait’s no-tax regime.
Another major shopping attraction in Kuwait is the Marina Mall, which is located near a popular marina in Kuwait City. This luxurious destination features alluring designers like Givenchy alongside the temptations of various local food stalls, as well as sophisticated French-style cafes.
For a fun family shopping experience, visit Souq Sharq, a bustling waterside mall that often features events and festivals for children. Villa Moda, on the other hand, is a department store with a difference: encased in a huge, glass-walled building, this premier shopping destination offers exclusive designer brands in one-of-a-kind surroundings.
Kuwait’s traditional souqs
Although Kuwait’s modern, air-conditioned malls may ooze glamour, its busy traditional markets are filled with an enchanting atmosphere that rivals the souqs of Marrakech and Cairo. Visit Souq Al-Mubarakiya for stalls selling traditional Middle Eastern and Kuwaiti goods, including intricate gold jewellery. Souq al-Juma – the Friday market – is also popular with residents and travellers, and the fish market in Kuwait City is one of the capital’s most unusual attractions.