Slimy fish. Sharks with eyes popping out of their heads. A stench that caused my kids to plug their noses and lingered on our clothes after even a short visit. Why on earth did I like the fish souk so much? I guess it’s because it was authentic. And a bit rough around the edges. And full of interesting things and people to look at. I hear they are going to build a new one, and that makes me really sad. This one has been in use since 1988, which may not sound like much, but when a country is only 43 years old, that makes this fish souk a historic landmark! I posted some pictures a long time ago, but here are a few more from more recent visits. I miss this place even though the thought of stinking dead fish isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when I think of nostalgia. 🙂
A few tips: As you can see from the pics, even though it’s known as the fish souq or market, the area also includes a fruit and veggie market with beautiful produce, nuts and dried fruits, dates and a butcher. It closes mid-day, so schedule your visit for morning time or in the evening. For a great deal, try to time your visit right before it closes, but be prepared to be bombarded by fish sellers trying to offload the last of their catch. (This happened to me once when I had four kids in tow – the children were actually a bit frightened because we became surrounded by shouting vendors!) Taking photos and bringing children tend to attract a lot of attention from the vendors. They generally are very friendly and enjoy showing off their biggest or bloodiest catch, but at times it can be overwhelming for small and/or shy children. Lastly, sharpen up your bargaining skills – you’ll need them when negotiating the price. Click here for a map of the location.
I prefer to hang out by the nuts and dates. 🙂