• A group of young people enjoying at Nizwa Souq

Oman is full of bustling souqs where you can experience the time-honoured way of shopping including playful bartering over authentic souvenirs. Muscat and Nizwa are our top recommendations for the souk experience.

During your Oman tour you are sure to experience at least a couple of souk excursions, probably the most famous being Muttrah Souq, a historic, vibrant marketplace in Muscat, offering traditional Omani crafts, spices, and textiles for an authentic shopping experience.  Located in the heart of old Muscat in the busy Muttrah Corniche, the souq is an enchanting marketplace that pulls you in as you lose yourself in its winding alleys and vibrant stalls. As one of the oldest marketplaces in Oman, it has been a bustling hub of trade and commerce for over two centuries. With its modern timber roofing and chaotic charm, Muttrah Souq retains the essence of a traditional Arab market, offering an eclectic array of products, from rare vintage artifacts and high-quality frankincense to handcrafted jewelry and traditional textiles.

Another joyful souq experience is found at Nizwa, brimming with energy and tradition.  Indeed, Nizwa’s outstanding souk is one of the most beautiful and bountiful in the country, showcasing the best of local craftsmanship including wares made from wood and clay, and exquisite silver jewelry.  As you might expect, the market is also full of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, and spices.  On Fridays, there is the unforgettable experience of witnessing a large cattle market. Bedouins from a number of different tribes flock here to buy and sell camels and other animals.  As a cultural hub, Nizwa Souq is not just a place for commerce, but also a gathering point for social interactions and community bonding. With businesses passed down through generations, this souq provides a glimpse into Oman’s rich legacy of entrepreneurship and preserves the essence of its heritage and craftsmanship.

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