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Top street markets in Doha – where tradition and allure mingle

Set foot within a labyrinth of quirky streets that will lead you to an oasis of delightful experiences, right here in Qatar's capital. The street markets in Doha welcome the inquisitive traveller.


Doha Flea Market

Do not simply expect your run of the mill type of shopping spree that you would find back home, for the experience at the Doha Flea Market will be quite the far cry. Featuring priceless antiques, stunning retro clothing items & accessories, beautiful jewellery and celebrated arts & crafts from some of the creative geniuses in the area, the market will invariably beckon your senses, no sooner you arrive here. However, be sure to learn the fine art of bargaining before attempting to strike up a deal with the local vendors.


Falcon Souq

It wouldn't be hard too hard to fathom as to what to expect when one calls by the Falcon Souq. Located along Al Souq Street, the souq represents the traditional practices that the desert nomads showcased and still continue to abide by in dealing with one of the world's most treasured species. This is why for the avid falconry enthusiast wanting to get to grips with the basics of this sport and its presence in Qatari culture, visiting the Falcon Souq will be a 'must do.' Also thrown in, will be an opportunity to visit a falcon hospital which details out the fundamental procedures administered in treating and caring for these birds.


Wholesale Market

Where everything is about mass and quantity, the Wholesale Market as its name suggests paves the way for locals and foreign nationals alike to embrace the minute details of a truly fascinating culture and its people. Even if you do not wish to purchase what is on offer, watching every trader engage in his daily chores would be quite the beginning of your travels in the city. The Market features an assortment of brightly coloured garments, wholesome local fare to handy pieces of jewellery; the latter of which would ensure that you look your best even on holiday.


Second-Hand Market

Give every second thought of yours a backseat and head on down to the bustle of the Second-Hand Market which is found in the thriving area of Najma, Doha. If one were to offer a word of advice, the best time to pay a visit here would be on a Friday where scenes of busy sellers doing business from the back of trucks will be too hard to miss.


Souq Al Wakrah

With a history spanning more than one hundred years, the Souq Al Wakrah is arguably the crown jewel amongst local souqs in Doha. The market is littered with narrow alleyways and inviting courtyards that break out into an array of cozy shops where time can be spent examining, inquiring and thereafter, purchasing an abundance of pungent spices & perfumes, clothing items, and whatnot. Further, one might also want to walk along the alleys here, feasting one's eyes on the daily activities of the locals before concluding the journey by the seafront promenade which houses an impressive collection of restaurants to unwind at. Near to the marketplace is Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli which is one of the 5-star hotels in Doha from which sites such as these can be conveniently reached.

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