Al-Balad in Jeddah is a bustling souq area, with a good balance of indoor and outdoor souq. Get a taxi to drop you off at the Queens Building in al-Balad. There are indoor souqs across the road, to the left and right, opposite the Queens building, selling perfumes, watches, electrical devices, and clothing etc. Despite the existence of historical sites that are the real gem of Al-Balad, the area is more known for shopping. Its shopping area has both modern shopping complexes and traditional souks existing side by side.

It is also the best place to find food from many parts of the world.

The older part of Al-Balad area with the traditional souks, is a warren of alleys. These alleys have names that signify their function such as Perfumers Alley and are of course the place to buy perfumes.