Moda Mall is a mall that is easy to miss. It is located inside the World trade Centre - which we often stopped to admire but failed to notice it also hosted a high-end luxury mall. POssibly because the location looked so unnatural.
Name a very expensive brand, and you-ll find it there. Well, name 160 if you want. They are all there. Of course, we only window-shopped. Never before we had seen so much luxury all together in one place.
What to pay: a lot. Too much...
The souq behind Bab al bahrain is Manama old souq, though you will not find there old charm or old buildings. Some of the alleys are open to traffic, which take away part of charm, as you need to pay attention not to be run over.
The spices area is quite nice and prices are correct - saffron is really good value and merchants are really laid-back... no one will force you aggressively into buying. As for the other parts we explored, the textiles area was OK, while we found that the electronics area was far too large. A souq where it is easier to buy a blackberry rather than pistachios is always a bit of a let-down
What to buy: saffron - from iran
What to pay: roughly 3 dinars for 2 grams
We asked for the best Mall in town and we've been told that Bahrain city center is the one to go!
The Mall was huge but for that size there wasn't many stores or restaurants.
they have Chili's and Carfour which is cool.
It's very expensive country so Shopping there is not a good idea unless you live there.
We were just returning from Kuala Lumbur and we already did most of our shopping from there, plus comparing to KL's malls we weren't impressed by that mall. I was only looking for a souvenir shop to buy post cards and magnets but I didn't find any. However one of my friends did bought a shirt from Debenhams and a bag. and in my opinion it was stupid of her!lol
What to buy: Brand names outfits
The Gate of Bahrain is an area with shops for local needs with a little bit of everything. Just walking through the vivid lanes is quite interesting. But what about getting a Shador/Burkha for your gf as a souvenir?????
The Old Souq of Bahrain is the place to buy anything on lot cheaper price then any other malls, spread almost 1 square mile near the famous Bab al Bahrain you can find shops selling so many things like Imitation Wrist Watches, Clothings, Textiles, Sun Glasses, Footware and Real Gold Jewellery and the Dry Furits/Oriental Spices and Traditional Confectionery which is called HALWA. You can also find Tools, Gadgets and electronic appliances, kitchen utencil etc.
Well worth visting in the evening, the shops remain open till 8 to 9 PM
Another choice is JASIMS departmental store located right beside Manama Central Market
What to buy: Imitation Wrist Watches @ 5BD if very good quality
Fabrics from all over the world
Dry Fruites and Confectionery (Halwa)
Sandles and Footware
What to pay: usually 50% of asking price
although a little bit expensive than ordinary, but they sell Bahrain's best preserved dates fruits.. you can even get a free taste of their different varieties... for free.. nice!
What to buy: get the caramelized one
What to pay: 3-5 BD..
Not just one shop but hundreds of shops lined with nothing but gold, silver and gems for as far as you can see.
What to buy: Like much of the Middle East, Manama has a great gold suq with some pretty good prices. Know what the price of gold is that day by checking the paper or the news, make sure you haggle and you will get a great price.
A lot of negotiations in the middle east are based on building a relationship with the merchant. Jawad, who owns the store, is young but comes from a family that have been goldsmiths for generations. He specializes in 18K, but can make anything you want in any carat. Gold is priced based on the market and everything is weighed first and then priced. Divide the price by the weight and then compare this with the market value (per gram). You will negotiate the price per gram, not on the total price. Expect to pay .500-2BD over the market price, depending on the craftsmanship.
What to buy: Many visitors like to take home a cartouche. It is a rectangular charm that you would wear on a chain. Usually you will have your name spelled in english on one side and arabic or heiroglyphics on the other. They can create anything so bring a necklace and have the earrings made to match for example. Most things can be completed in 2-5 days. Make sure that all items are stamped. Only 18K or higher is available in Bahrain and is usually cheaper than 14K from other countries.
What to pay: You will be tempted to spend a lot because gold is such a good deal. My mother left with almost $1500 in jewelery!