Nizwa Souk
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Nizwa is a wonderful place where you can see the heritage of Oman. You enjoy the historical places and the old souq
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Debabrata G
    Mumbai, India480 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Place
    We walked around the Nizwa souk after lunch. While it was getting hot, there was plenty to look at - from outdoor shops as well as shops inside selling artefacts made locally. There is plenty of scope for bargaining with the shopkeepers. Thy offer you dates along with cardamom flavored coffee as a gesture of their hospitality if you visit their shops. Would definitely recommend a visit if you are close to Nizwa. The interesting bits are clay pottery as well as ceramics which are available there.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 25, 2023
  • Honey
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place
    The weekly goat souk gets going around 6:00 am. As well as the crowds of tourists, great throngs of local buyers were there to participate. There are people auctioning various items from antique firearms and weapons to date flowers and other produce. Bidding was frantic. Many locals appeared to be buying their full weeks worth of produce. The meat and fish souks were busy. As to the "everyday" part of the souk, the souvenir and handcraft sections were very ho-hum.
    Visited January 2023
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,238 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good and Authentic Souq
    According to locals this Souq is worth visiting on the weekends and starting around 6 am to see the most action. Everything from traditional daggers to cows can be traded here but it is a great spot to walk through especially if you're in the Nizwa area. Unlike the Mutrah Souq, we felt no pressure to buy anything here and could simply browse. Lots of nice pottery and souvenirs. There are some cafes, restaurants and ice cream shops nearby and it is a short walk from Nizwa Fort. Lots of parking was available in front of the meat and vegetable section but the roads behind the Souq are tight and winding so set your navigation to "Nizwa Souq Parking" if you plan to visit. The roads between Muscat and Nizwa are in great condition if you go around the mountains.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,111 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Average Souk
    My wife and I toured here on a Saturday evening. It was a fairly typical souk although it had more souvenir stores than I usually see. The highlight was a date store that gave away free samples. They were delicious. I would love to visit when they have one of their livestock sales (e.g. goats; cows). I was told that they occur on specific days in the morning.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Yorkshire Lad - The Original
    York, United Kingdom1,642 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should have gone on a Friday - distinctly average
    We had read the guide books and they all said get there Friday morning for one heck of a animal market and all the hustle and bustle of the souks. We didn’t, getting there in the afternoon and we wished we’d got there earlier as on the Saturday morning the Souq area was dead and reminded me of a wet weekend in Cleethorpes, with not a lot happening. The Souq area is modern in design and build and hence IMO loses charm. The meat souk in a building away from other individual souks which housed fish/vegetable/date etc. All in all a disappointment on a number of levels and nowhere near the experience of Muscat which is definitely worth a visit and is full of old world charm.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Srdjan R
    Rijeka, Croatia21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming place
    This was for me a new experience to witness the spirit and the soul of a marketplace such as this. It is quite a bustling place with lots of small shops with souvenirs and craft products. You can buy food products or handicrafts and take home as a lovely souvenir from Oman.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 13, 2024
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom9,572 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hassle free shopping
    This is a fantastic souk, if you like browsing and buying without the haggling. Most items have prices marked and everyone is friendly and chilled with none of the pushiness of Mutrah Souk. An enjoyable experience before visiting the fort.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2024
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WonderfulWorld59
Lee's Summit, MO413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This authentic souk is an excellent place for learning about the Omani culture and interacting with Omanis. If you are looking for a souvenir, your best option is frankincense and a pottery incense burner and/or spices. For those who have been to the Mutruh Souk (Muscat), the Nizwa souk is a very different experience.
Written March 22, 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK9,572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a fantastic souk, if you like browsing and buying without the haggling. Most items have prices marked and everyone is friendly and chilled with none of the pushiness of Mutrah Souk. An enjoyable experience before visiting the fort.
Written March 18, 2024
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Srdjan R
Rijeka, Croatia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This was for me a new experience to witness the spirit and the soul of a marketplace such as this. It is quite a bustling place with lots of small shops with souvenirs and craft products. You can buy food products or handicrafts and take home as a lovely souvenir from Oman.
Written March 13, 2024
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ricshanshibly1986
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia1,319 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Located next to the Nizwa fort. There are separate areas for vegetables, fruits, Omani sweets, clay and steel. Souq is busy through the week. Local used to do business here
Written February 26, 2024
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Yorkshire Lad - The Original
York, UK1,642 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had read the guide books and they all said get there Friday morning for one heck of a animal market and all the hustle and bustle of the souks. We didn’t, getting there in the afternoon and we wished we’d got there earlier as on the Saturday morning the Souq area was dead and reminded me of a wet weekend in Cleethorpes, with not a lot happening. The Souq area is modern in design and build and hence IMO loses charm. The meat souk in a building away from other individual souks which housed fish/vegetable/date etc. All in all a disappointment on a number of levels and nowhere near the experience of Muscat which is definitely worth a visit and is full of old world charm.
Written January 30, 2024
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Khalaf K
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Nizwa Souk in Oman is a wonderful place to visit and explore the shopping of the traditional goods.
The souk is amizing in its heritage design with a lot of traditional products.
You certainly don’t want to miss such shopping experience in Nizwa. The souk surrounded by a historical area where Nizwa Fort and old houses are near by the souk.

Highly recommended to visit if you near by Nizwa.
Written January 29, 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My wife and I toured here on a Saturday evening. It was a fairly typical souk although it had more souvenir stores than I usually see. The highlight was a date store that gave away free samples. They were delicious.

I would love to visit when they have one of their livestock sales (e.g. goats; cows). I was told that they occur on specific days in the morning.
Written January 13, 2024
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AucklandWiz
Auckland, New Zealand1,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The Nizwa Souq is large as it is spread across a number of buildings. There are many facets to it, like the Date Souk, the Fruit/Vegetable Souk, the Meat Souk, Spices Souk, pottery/handicraft souk and so on. Do not go to the meat souk unless you have a strong head as I was confronted with a newly slaughtered beast on the back of a truck being delivered to the souk, and the blood was dripping everywhere and the kill so recent that the meat was still quivering. The outdoor area where they have the pottery is very colourful but as they are only manned for a number of hours a day, 3 times I tried to buy something and even though I could access the product, there was nobody to take my money so I left without purchasing anything. Other than these couple of difficulties, the area was a great place to explore. There was no pressure to buy. Just a lot of pleasant people and locals who were interested to get to know us and us them. Took lots of lovely, interesting, colourful photos.
Located within this area is also the Nizwa Cattle Market or Goat Market as some call it. As we were not in town on the Friday morning of the cattle market we drove back from Al Hamra to see this as had read that it was well worth the effort and time. And we were so glad we did. A little tricky to get parking, so really should have arrived earlier than we did. It is set up in an outdoor arena type setting on the edge of the souks, the locals had their animals for sale tied up until it was parade and selling time. The animals- mainly goats, were paraded around by their owners, some carried, some dragged. As a buyer, if you want a closer look, you can throw stones at the feet of the seller to get his attention and he will tell you about the animal while the potential buyer checks the teeth, back and undercarriage and then if interested negotiations take place. There is quite a small window of opportunity as it’s fast and noisy and the sellers work hard. It was a bit sad to see babies and mothers separated for the first time- quite stressful for the animals I would imagine. But that’s their life and the culture of the people. Loved seeing all the local dress and took some wonderful photos. Very worthwhile the drive back. Recommended ++
Written December 31, 2023
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Dominika W
Warsaw, Poland80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Genuine feel of Omani bazaar. Less people than in Muscat and more of original Omani products. I highly recommend going to part with halva and dates - exquisite experiance for the palate :)
Written November 24, 2023
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Anand_Lobo
Mumbai, India843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely souq located just before the fort. You can pick trinkets, souvenirs, earthenware and other stuff.
Worth a visit.
Written November 17, 2023
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