Pocket full of pleasures
MELISSA van Maasdyk’s justreleased Streetsmart Bahrain guidebook (Streetsmart Publications) is invaluable, offering a mix of must-sees, hidden gems and insider tips. It includes souk guides, walking tours and interviews with Bahraini artists and architects, writers and archeologists, perfume makers and fashion designers, carpet sellers and filmmakers about what to see, where to eat, shop and chill.
Streetsmart Bahrain also provides an excellent map of the main sites of Old Muharraq and a walking tour beginning at Sheik Isa House. Available from amazon.com ($US25) or at stores in Bahrain (about $US21). More: streetsmartbahrain.com.