Doha, Qatar is one of the most interesting travel destinations. It has unique vibe you can experience during your visit. There are many interesting spots you can explore when travelling around Doha. It is also a great city for shopping. In fact, it is a popular pastime in Doha. One of the most recommended places to go for shopping is Souq Waqif. It is a labyrinth bazaar. The name itself means ‘standing market’ if translated into English. It is in fact one of the most visited tourist destinations in the city.
What to do when exploring the Standing Market
Souq Waqif, the standing market in Doha has everything you need started from garments, perfumes, diamonds, to scented oils. This standing market is also interesting and iconic spot for tourists because it is where you can also experience the more traditional, authentic culture of Qatar. Here are most recommended things to do when you are exploring Souq Waqif, the standing market in Doha:
Shopping for your wardrobe and home
This standing market is like a paradise. Everything you know and even things you didn’t know even exist are there. You can buy anything you need and like such as scarfs, cloaks, tailor-made robes, and many more. You can also buy necessities you need for your home such as kitchen hardware. Do not hesitate to haggling so you can have the best deals. However, keep in mind to bring enough cash since most shopkeepers don’t accept cards.
Exploring the flavor of Doha
If you are looking for diverse and unique flavors, you should try sampling various spices, tea leaves, and nuts. You can buy practically anything you want especially if you love cooking. There are sumac, saffron, honey, sweet, dried flowers, and even preserved lemons. You can explore the place freely and take a sample to taste the flavor. You can even bring your own glass jar and fill it with various aromatic spices you like. The shopkeepers will be happy to do it for you. It can also be a great souvenir.
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Exploring the art and culture of the locals
Aside from place for shopping and eating, Souq Waqif is also a place where you can find various art galleries and exhibition spaces. Therefore, exploring this place for the sake of appreciating the art works is a good idea. There is Souq Waqif Art Center which host rows of working stations for talented local and international artists.
Shopping beautiful jewelry
This is probably one of the must-things women have on the list when it comes to shopping. Souq Waqif is a perfect place for you to buy charming jewelry. You can head to Gold Souq, a building located separately from the main Souq Waqif. It has about 40 shops selling various jewelry. The jewelry sold in those shops are high-end 18 and 22 carat. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and gems are available. You can even ask the shopkeeper to create customized items following your own design.