Most of the things will be available here. It has all the groceries you want, wide varieties of fruit-vegetables, cooked take away food, home center section for the furniture, electronics, books and movies, hallmark and kuwait souvenir gifts section. It has 10 branches all over Kuwait : Salmiya 5719621, Sharq 2408772, Al Kout 3930511, Fahaheel 3921536, Salwa 5636790, Ahmadi 3989128, Shuwaikh 4812371, Mangaf 3712955, Jahra 4571843, Dhajeej 4341997. Hotline will be 4330111. They have TSC Rewards Program Card for the frequent shopper so you may earn some points by shopping there for some TSC offers. I may suggest Sharq branch for convenient shopping where you could enjoy your time in Shouk Sharq and beach walking where TSC Sharq is located. Shuwaikh branch is a perfect place for budget family groceries shopping among other branches.
What to buy: You can get everything you want in here. In case you can not get the products you want, you could ask their help to get them. Three branches will be available for this service : salmiya 965-5750135, sharq 965-2407088, and alkout mangaf ahmadi 965-3930510. You may email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to pay: You may pay in cash or cards.
It is located in the Avenues Mall, at the 5th Ring Road, New Riggae Area. It is one of the biggest department stores in Kuwait with the cheaper prices on the food and clothes items. It has the best deal for the cell phone during the special offer time. It has more cashiers so you will not be trapped in a long line. The other convenient thing to shop in the Carrefour is it is easy to reach the indoor parking lot with your shopping trolley.
Marina Mall is located at the Arabic Gulf Street at Salmiya area. Its interior design is one of the best ones for the malls. You may dine in at the Crescent side, can be reached by a bridge in front of Harley Davidson stand, at the book section of Virgin Megastore. See my things to do tips: Marina Crescent Side. There are more options for the food courts on the third floor. It has many fashion stores on the second floor, and the parking place will be on the ground floor.
The Avenues is the biggest mall of Kuwait for now, located at the intersection of 5th Ring Road and Gazali Street. Wear the comfortable shoes because this mall is huge, you may spend more hours inside. All of the international brand fashion stores will be available here and during the sale season the discount may reach to 75-80%. Many great restaurants located near the entrance and at the second floor. It has Carrefour for groceries and IKEA for the budget furniture. The cinema is the best in Kuwait and the parking lot is the biggest among the malls. The mall will be opened from 10AM to 1PM and 0430PM to 10PM and up to midnight during the weekend.
It is located on The Tunis Street, Hawally area, at the back of Hawally Park. Some used to call it as The Titanic Mall because the shape of this mall looks like a deck of the boat. It has many fitness centers on the top, good cafes, and some good brand stores. Good place to visit during the sale time because the place will not be too crowded like other malls.
It is nice to take home shisha pipes, arabian perfumes and incense and large brass coffee pots can be bought at the Friday Market. You can also have a custom made necklace with your name in arabic - the souq opp. Marina Mall made me one - best to get a rhodium plated necklace to go on it though as mine tarnished very quickly (as it was silver). Dates are excellent from Bateel (just outside Marina Mall - opp. Samsonite) but they are expensive.
What to pay: Bargain at the market
It is one of the best bookstores in Kuwait, located in Hawaly area on Tunis Street within the Hawaly Park. It is not only the bookstore, but also the place where you can get more options for stationery, school stuff for your kids, as well as the computers’. You may see some computer stores within Hawally area with the cheaper prices, but you will not get the same good assistance from their staff with the better customer services for any complains you may have.
Arraya Shopping Mall is located in the Sharq area of Kuwait City. It is attached to the Courtyard Marriot Hotel. This shopping centre is the most elegant in Kuwait City and has many of the most renowned fashion labels. It also has a few nice Cafés and restaurants.
Kuwait's latest addition to its shopping mall menu, The Avenues, is also its largest. In fact it is so large that it contains two Starbucks coffee shops! My preference, though, would be to have coffee and the more elegant Paul or le Pain Quotidien, both of which are present at The Avenues. The enormous shopping centre offers a wide selection of mid-range shops, such as Zara, Next, Debenhams or Ikea, with plenty more yet to open. Carrefour, the French supermarket chain, is attached to The Avenues. Bring your comfortable walking shoes!
It is a chain hypermarket of LULU, other than the ones in UAE,Oman,Qatar,KSA,Bahrain,Sudan and Yemen. There was a smaller LULU hypermarket in Fahaheel area but the one in Shuwaikh area is much bigger, newly opened in March 2007. Many items will be cheaper than any other supermarkets in Kuwait. Many varieties of vegetables, fruit, and spices will be available here. You may enjoy and take away the prepared food (Indian and oriental) while you do shopping. The hypermarket has two floors, the first one is the groceries hall and the second one will be the fashion-stationery-furniture-electronic-etc items. It is a big place to shop in, has many cashier counters, scale counters, and big coridors so you dont have to be worry of the crowd even on holiday time. It has a big parking area and may be reached by bus number 12. Photographs are strictly prohibited so I cant give you more pictures inside the Lulu hypermarket. Check the website.
What to buy: Groceries, clothes, electronics, stationery, etc.
What to pay: Cash or cards.
Located in the Sharq area of Kuwait City by the sea, Sharq Mall is a very pleasant shopping centre with a private Marina. Most of the shops are middle-of-the-range, such as Zara, Next and Debenhams, and its food court has every possible fast food chain possible! The Marina area is quite nice for a stroll and boat spotting, and has a good view of the skyscrapers of downtown Kuwait.
This is the best of the souvenir shops I know in Kuwait. The price will be less compare to others. The Hallmark souvenir items will be less in quantity and more expensive than the things you find in the store.It will be open 10AM-01PM and 0430-0930PM.Friday morning will be closed though.
What to buy: I like Al-Boom, the Kuwaity sailing ships they have. Golden platted and packed beautifully in the box. You may see some other things, great handcrafts of Kuwaity`s life and history.
What to pay: You may pay cash or with your cards.
This is the only mall which has the great views from all its corners so far for me. Check out the pictures. It is located on the arabian gulf road, right after the king palace (from the shuwaikh) or right after amiri hospital (from salmiya). You may spend all your day in here by shopping in the signatured brand fashion shops, dine in the restaurants/food court, watch movies in its cinema, chill out at the back of the mall`s beach, shore fishing at its beach, rent a boat for a quick ride to the sea, and groceries in the sultan center supermarket. It has some pharmacies, music stores, and a big parking lot too. Great for shopping even in the summer and sandstorm season. You may walk to the fish market from this mall. It will be crowded at the weekend (Wed-Thur-Frid) and holiday.
What to pay: You may pay in cash, credit cards or debit cards.
It will be a good choice for buying monthly groceries within the good prices. From fresh fruit and vegetables, clothes, skin-hair-face care, stationary, electronics, cd-music section, to the special offers. You may be excited with the special offers they use to display, usually will be put in the basket along the coridors. Kuwait has 2 city centers so far.City center SHuwaikh is located on Pepsi Cola Street, just across the MTC main office. It has palying area for kids, fastfood restaurants in and around it, and a washing car service just behind the building. The other one is in Salmiya, near the end of the 5th ring road.Salmiya city center is located in a big mall and having more options to see. OPENING HOURS WILL BE 0900AM-12MIDNIGHT.The time may change during Ramadhan/fasting month. The best time to go for shopping there will be morning time, within the second week of the month. IT WILL BE CROWDED ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND ON SALARY DAY.
What to buy: This place wil be good for home monthly supply and for the cargo things if you want to send cargos to your home country.
What to pay: You can pay by cash, credit cards, and debit cards.
Mubarakia Shouk is one of the Kuwait`s old shouq, still holds its traditional base on the open air atmosphere.This is the best place to practice your bargaining skill.:-))Do not be ashamed to ask for the special offer to everybody here.Most of the things will be available in this Shouq. From the fresh ones (fish,vegetables and fruit), dates, clothes, perfumes, fascinating arabic food to the money echange counters! You may see many antiques for the souvenirs, arabic gold, and a great Persian carpet market complex. All will be on reasonable price! Security reason won`t be an issue here.It would be quite dusty around parking area but generally it is clean. Dont try to go there in summer time if you can not tolerate the more than 28` C heat.:-))
What to buy: It will be the best place to buy Kuwaities` traditional dresses, handcrafts, dates, carpets, and gold for souvenirs. Many foreign currencies will be available in its money exchanges. Vegetable and fruit will be cheaper from supermarkets`.
What to pay: You may use credit cards for many clothes, money echanges, carpets, and gold stores.Cash in hand will be a must when you want to buy fruit, vegetable, and dates.
Well, I can't really complain about this place because I was able to stay here for free several...more
Very nice place, highly recommended place. I had a good time for a week. Helpful staff, clean rooms.more
This hotel is located very near Kuwait City Intl Airport. It is a short ride to Salmiya and Marina...more