Located in the heart of Manama, Block 338 is a charming pedestrian quarter crammed with international restaurants, art galleries and boutique shops. Known as Bahrain’s hot dining district, Block 338 offers a wide range of restaurants appealing to all ages and tastes, offering a variety of options ranging from a fancy meal to traditional Bahraini food or just a soothing drink. In addition to this distinguished eating experience, Block 338 has a number of good retail opportunities tucked along its side streets and has grown over the years into a vibrant space for art lovers.
Bab Al Bahrain is located at the entrance to the Manama Souq in Bahrain’s capital city Manama. Built in 1949, it once housed the government’s administrative offices and overlooked the sea. Bab Al Bahrain has undergone many big changes over the years but the Ministry of Culture undertook a project to preserve it as a cultural landmark and thus restored it to its former glory and eventually moved its tourism sector offices and visitor’s center into the building.
Behind Bab Al Bahrain is the old Manama Souq. The souq is a vibrant collection of shops offering a wide range of goods from textiles, spices, incense, perfumes, handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as more modern products from all over the world. There are also a number of traditional coffee shops.
The souq offers a unique shopping experience that brings to mind the style of commerce from days long past. The Manama Souq is a must visit while in Bahrain that visitors will be sure to enjoy.
The love story between Bahrainis and Halwa can be seen as you walk down the traditional souq in Muharraq’s Exhibition Avenue. It has become an essential part of the Bahraini culture. Halwa is said to taste best when it is made fresh, placed warm in a pot, and topped with crispy nuts. It’s jelly-like texture boasts flavours of saffron and cardamom. Called the queen of sweets, Bahraini halwa is offered to guests on Eid and other special occasions.
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