Also known as Al-Thumairi Souq (because it’s along Thumairi Street) and Al-Zel Souq, the Deerah Souq is located in the old part of the city near the Al Masmak Fort. It is famous for its gold souq and antiques souq sections.

Hundreds of little shops show a plethora of product that ranges from carpets, gold, silver, souvenirs, traditional clothes and props, antiques, and even furniture.

Most shop owners speak some English, so this souq is very tourist-friendly. Hop from shop to shop and don’t be afraid to bargain.

In my opinion, this is not only one of the most popular Riyadh attractions, but it is also the most interesting souk I visited there since you could see a glimpse of history through the many antique artifacts being sold there.

If you can only visit a souq in Riyadh, make sure it’s this one!

On the other hand, if you have time and are willing to head out of the city, you can visit Souq Al Jamal – located 30 km north of the city center.

This is one of the largest camel markets in the Arabian Peninsula, so you’ll surely have an interesting cultural experience there, especially if you place a bid. Since the area is under development, ask locals about the souk’s current status and location.