Salmiya is undoubtedly one of the favorite neighborhoods in Kuwait, particularly for the seaside walking. Being car-less in Kuwait comes with many challenges, but one of my favorite things to do is research online to find a specific site to see, take a taxi there, and then just walk around the neighborhood and see what else I come across. Here are some of those interesting places I’ve come across in Salmiya:
- Imam Hussein Mosque – built in 1986, I think it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mosques in Kuwait. It has a capacity of 6,000 worshippers. When I visited, there was also this cool shark boat in a nearby parking lot that deserves posting.
- Al Khalid Complex – a great little shopping center built in the 1980s. There’s a restaurant “Fresh” which serves classic breakfast food and has a garden full of sunflowers.
- Zeri Crafts – I haven’t actually gotten a chance to visit this shop, but it’s located along Gulf Road in an old beach chalet.
- Barayeh Salem – a cute pedestrian street with some neat artwork of Kuwaiti media.
- Gold Suq – located directly behind/across the street from Marina Mall is one of Kuwait’s gold suqs. Adjacent to it is a brand new Ottoman-style mosque, which is unlike any other mosque I’ve seen in Kuwait!
- Antique Mall – Just a little further down Salem al Mubarak Street is this great antique mall, located in the basement of one of the complexes. So many treasures to be found!