Kuwait’s local attractions
The Avenues, the 360 Mall and Villa Moda stock everything up to the most luxury brands, but for a more traditional shopping experience, head to the Friday market (also known as Souq Al Juma) located in Shuwaikh. It is a huge open air space where you can buy everything from a cup of tea to Iranian antiques, pets, kitchenware, furniture, clothes and sun glasses. It gets busy in the evening when the heat of the day has abated.
For a taste of an old Arabian market, visit Souk Al-Mubarakiya to buy spices, sweets, vegetables, fish, fresh meat, clothing and souvenirs. Meanwhile Souq Sharq blends retail with cinemas, boutiques and food courts with panoramic views over the Marina.
The Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts shows artefacts from all over the Islamic world, Asia and Far East, while the Kuwait National Museum is great for insights on the early days of the nation. It also incorporates a decent planetarium with shows daily.