If you’re visiting Bahrain and want to shop ‘til you drop at prestige retail spots, you’re in luck. The kingdom is home to gleaming supermalls that are stacked with designer boutiques, artisanal perfumers and fine jewellers. Join us for a spree around its most glamorous stores with our guide to luxury shopping in Bahrain.
Moda Mall, Manama
Bahrain’s definitive destination for all things upscale, Moda Mall is a high-end shoppers’ paradise. Sitting beneath the World Trade Center, the stylish emporium’s brand portfolio reads like a who’s who of luxury fashion. The likes of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Versace and Emporio Armani rub shoulders with glittering fine jewellers such as Chopard and De Beers, as well as timepiece masters like Rolex and Piaget. Not exclusively for shopping, Moda Mall’s cool marble interior, glass domes, airy boulevards and elegant cafés make it an ideal venue to retreat from the summer temperatures outside.
Al Aali Mall, Seef
With hallways resembling a traditional – though high-end – Arabian souk, Al Aali Mall is a contemporary yet characterful Bahrain shopping destination. Glamorous Saudi boutiques are what you’ll find here, selling exquisitely embroidered dresses and richly patterned gowns along with statement shoes and handbags. There’s plenty to tempt discerning palates thanks to artisanal chocolatiers like Godiva and Ivy, and there are also some cool kids’ clothing stores for stylish tots.
City Centre Bahrain, Manama
The name may conjure a generic high-rise commercial district, but City Centre Bahrain is actually a mega-mall. It’s the kingdom’s largest, with more than 300 outlets. Of course, a mall this size can accomodate everyone’s favourite high street brands – from Accessorize to Zara – but there are some luxury labels to shop here too, like Karl Lagerfeld, Balmain and Saks Fifth Avenue. Follow your nose to fine Arabian fragrances at Asgharali and Junaid and pick up a sensational timepiece from Tag Heuer or Omega.
Gold City, Manama
Everywhere you look, as far as the eye can see, is shimmering gold. A dazzling mall with row upon row of jewellers selling intricately crafted gold, silver, platinum and of course, those legendary Bahrain pearls, Gold City is a one-stop shop for fine jewellery. Look out for filigree gold necklaces, precious stone-inlaid bracelets and pearl-studded earrings. Prepare to haggle – it’s part of Gold City’s charm.
Seef Mall, Seef
After City Centre Bahrain, Seef Mall is the second largest retail centre in the Emirati state and ranks as a top destination for some serious Bahrain shopping. Refreshingly family-friendly, the airy, modern mall is home to prestige international heavyweight labels such as Dunhill, Givenchy and Armani Exchange. You’ll find plenty of high street brands too – Massimo Dutti, Oasis and American Eagle Outfitters to name a few – along with favourite pitstops such French bakery Paul and popular American purveyors of frozen yogurt, Pinkberry.
Just 10 minutes from the sleek Moda Mall and five minutes from City Centre Bahrain, the elegant Jumeirah Royal Saray is perfectly positioned to visit Bahrain’s luxury shopping destinations.