Interesting Places in Salmiya

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Barayeh Salem – a cute pedestrian street with some neat artwork of Kuwaiti media.
  5. 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! 
  6. 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!

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