My second day in Kuwait started late, since I was working on the computer until late. But I was still able to seize the day and have a different taste of the city.

What to see in Kuwait CityI do like market food, so I went straight to the souk, where I bumped into Ahmed, one of the Egyptian guys I met the day before. Not only did he recommend what to eat, he invited me for lunch, which was extremely kind. I was curious to learn more about life in Kuwait from an expat’s point of view. We had ftaier for lunch, which is a cross between pancake and an omelette, filled with minced meat, green pepper and onions, in a round pizza-ish sort of shape.

After lunch I wanted to go up Liberation Tower, of which I took many photos the day before. Although my Lonely Planet guide says it’s possible to go up the tower and enjoy the views, this is no longer the case. There’s no intention to reopen it to visitors in the future. It really frustrated me, as both this one and the Kuwait Towers are closed, and I was looking forward to enjoying the views over the city from different perspectives.What to see in Kuwait City

By the time I left the Liberation Tower surroundings, the temperature was already 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) and walking around was totally unbearable. I could hardly breath, to be honest… The solution was going to 360 Mall one of the chicest shopping centres in town, with good restaurants and a vertical garden. Prices here are high, and the designer shops you’ll see here can be found anywhere in Europe and North America with better prices. So I recommend this place just as tourist attraction or as a place to eat.

When the temperature felt more bearable, I went visit the Grand Mosque. Visit has to be arranged in advance (phones 2418447/8). The mosque is 20,000sq metres large (over 215,000sq feet) and occupies an area of 45,000sq metres (nearly 485,000sq feet). It accommodates around 10,000 male and 900 female worshippers in a separate area. My guide was really pleasant and didn’t leave any question unanswered. It’s important to remember that women must wear a hijab – kind of veil – and have their arms and legs covered, and men must wear trousers or jeans, no shorts. Just opposite the Grand Mosque is the Seif Palace (pictured below), built in 1896. It’s a very impressive, massive building, which unfortunately it’s not open to visitors.

From there I kept walking to the National Museum, on the same avenue, which has its own planetarium. The museum closes at 7pm, and since I was there just before one hour before closure, I decided to return the following day.

What to see in Kuwait City

Needless to say that at this point I was feeling peckish again. I took a taxi to Signor Sassi restaurant, located by the beach, under the Kuwait Towers. My pizza was simply delicious and service was pretty good too. They also have a restaurant in Kightsbridge, London, which is now on my to-visit list.

After dinner, and with no night life as such, it was time to go back to the hotel and work a bit more. After all, one does not live only of travelling. For now!

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