Najaf’s retail culture is expanding, and you can find souqs within the city limits, selling jewellery and other trinkets. The biggest of these is Al Souq Al Kabeer (the large market), near the Imam Ali Mosque. The bazaar’s merchants sell a great variety of goods, including gold, clothes, textiles, watches, accessories, perfumes and sweets. So you will have no trouble picking up a few souvenirs, as long as you are prepared to haggle.
But Najaf’s retail expansion also includes malls that offer eateries and entertainment alongside local and regional brands. One such shopping centre is Najaf City Mall, which includes a cinema, dining establishments, a bowling alley and a kid’s adventure playground.