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Posted On: 2 December 2020 03:00 pm
Updated On: 2 March 2023 01:16 pm

Unique things to find at Souq Waqif

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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Souq Waqif is just one of those places in Doha that one has to definitely visit. This iconic place is a busy shopping district and a favourite destination of many to eat, shop and enjoy everything that it has to offer. We give you some of the unique finds at Souq Waqif that you might not know about.

Desert Rose Crystal

Desert Rose Crystal
Desert rose crystals for sale at the store.

    Even seen a desert rose crystal in real life? Would you like to keep one for yourself or gift it to a loved one? Apart from the many handicrafts and art pieces that you can find at Souq Waqif, you can also find shops selling desert rose crystals! These collectables make memorable souvenirs that also represent the uniqueness of Qatar. Be sure to use your bargaining skills here as it will be necessary.

    Traditional utensils

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      Get astonished by the size of some of the cookware you can find here. You can find utensils of every size and shape too at Souq Waqif. Apart from the massive cookwares, get your hands on some beautifully decorated trays, cups, plates etc in various colours. The wheelbarrow porter or Hamali can help you carry the goods for a nominal fee.

      Sweets and candy

      sweets and candies
      Sweet tooth? Get your hands on some candy!

        Do you have a sweet tooth? Find rows and rows of chocolates, candies and sweets wrapped in beautiful and colourful wrappers at Souq Waqif. These are cheap and you can buy them by the kilo too at some of the stores.

        Shujaa Kebabs

        shujaa kebabs
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        If you are a fan of kebabs, then visiting this outlet at Souq Waqif is a must. Enjoy yummy kebabs, grilled vegetables and other appetizers like hummus, moutabal, tabbouleh along with yoghurt and garlic dips with Iranian bread. The price for a single kebab skewer starts as low as QR 3, as per their menu!

        Home-cooked food for less than QR 20

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        Traditional crepes in the making.

          If you are a fan of authentic food, then you must definitely try it at Souq Waqif. You will find a group of women selling delicious home-cooked food like Majboos, Koshari, Harees, Kebabs and more here. While you’re there, do not forget to try the traditional crepes, which are freshly made in front of your eyes, with a variety of toppings like cheese, Nutella etc to choose from!

          Pahlwan Saad Ismail Al Jassim – The old pearl diver Shop

          Pahlwan Saad Ismail Al Jassim – The old pearl diver Shop
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          Shop for authentic local pearls "Pahlwan Saad Ismail Al Jassim – The old pearl diver" shop. He is recognized as the oldest surviving pearl diver in Qatar. Apart from pearls, you can also find jewellery made from precious and semi-precious stones too.

          Souq Waqif Art Centre

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          Souq Waqif Art Center featuring works of artists.

            Love art? Take a look at some of the best art pieces by local and international artists here. While you’re there, do not miss looking at the ceiling as we are sure you will get mesmerized by the beautiful series of lanterns that adorn the ceiling and give the place a unique look! It is definitely an Instagram worthy shot!

            Handmade bangles

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            Hand-made lac bangles.

              Interested in buying beautiful bangles? Have lac bangles handmade right in front of your eyes in the colour of your choice at Souq Waqif! The bangle-seller specializes in making lac bangles for his customers. You can’t miss him as he sets up his small store right opposite Tea Time and close to the thumb public art, Le Pouce!

              Do you love going to Souq Waqif? What are some of the other things you like to do there? Do let us know in the comments below. Do share this article - it keeps us going!