The Muttrah Souk, located in Muscat, is one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. You simply can’t visit the Sultanate of Oman without stepping foot inside here.
Surprisingly the Muttrah Souk was a less forceful environment than other similar shopping experiences I’ve had around the world. I was expecting to be aggressively harassed by shopkeepers but that simply wasn’t the case here. Obviously they still do their best to entice you into their stores but all in a friendly manner which is fine by me… they still have to make a living, after all.
We enjoyed our first visit to the Muttrah Souk so much that we instantly planned to spend our free time on the last day back here.
With so much shopping to be done, it wasn’t hard for any of us to say goodbye to all of our Omani Rial.
The Souk, like most things in Oman, was a delight to the senses. From the beautifully bright cashmeve scarves to the smell of Frankincense that will forever take me back to the Sultanate of Oman, often I was walking around in pure awe.
This is THE place in Oman to get your souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home. I picked up some beautiful scarves, a dress, the token miniature gold camel and some stunning jewelry. I also purchased Kieron a dishdasher, the traditional dress for men, but I’m yet to snap a photo of him in it. Stay tuned for that one!
Other items for sale included spices, Omani coffee and plenty of homewares and jewelry.
Even if you didn’t want to spend a lot of money, you could happily just walk around looking all day.
Be sure to explore the side streets and alleys around the Souk too – you will find some lovely little shops and meet some incredibly friendly people.
Most stores within the Muttrah Souk accept credit card (very impressed!) so start working on those bargaining skills.
Opening hours for the Muttrah Souk are 9AM-1PM/4PM-9PM Saturday through Thursday and 9AM-1PM on Fridays.
Here are a few more photos I captured whilst strolling around the Souk…
This post was brought to you by Side trip of a Lifetime and the Sultanate of Oman.