Jeddah is a city that has always welcomed people from all around the world, and has become home to a variety of cultures and traditions. The communities that have lived in this colorful city have built and shaped the cultural environment. Here are some special places that we recommend you visit:
Afghan Market, a market for great carpet finds
If you love collecting the finest carpets, then you must head over to the Afghan Souk. This market has been standing for over half a century and is famous for having a diverse selection of elaborate carpets to choose from. This market is well known for its tight roads where you can find souvenir shops, local shops, and street food vendors all close to one another. The vendors are constantly firing up fresh tamees bread and traditional Afghani food, the smell alone will leave your mouth watering. Regardless of how tight the space is, the people continue to walk around to take in all the souk has to offer.
Location: Al Hindawiyah
Central Fish Market (Al Bangala)
Visit Jeddah’s fish market and watch the fisherman catch their fish even before sun rise. You can find the freshest fish local to the red sea such as sigan, najel and harid. If you go early, not only will you be able to purchase the best catch of the day, but you may even witness the fishermen coming into the market with their morning catch.
Location: Corniche, Al Baghdadiyah Al Gharbiyah
Time: 9am – 5pm
This popular market has been running for about forty years and is crowded with vendors and buyers. Here you can find a variety of Yemeni products, from food and juices to clothes and pottery. The people of Jeddah enjoy purchasing Yemeni spices and jasmine flowers from the market for special occasions. This market is considered to be a part of Yemen in the heart of Jeddah, and it is best to visit after 5pm.
Location: King Fahd Rd, Al Hindawiyah
Time: 11:30am – 6:30pm
South Asian Market
The South Asian Market is located in Al Aziziyah and is a must see souq especially if you have a love for Pakistani and Indian cultures. The market is filled with vibrant colors that stem from an array of fabrics and jewelry. You can find traditional South Asian clothing as well as delicious food and spices from the region.
Location: North East of Al Aziziyah Dist.