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Saida still nurses traditional handcrafts as skilled craftsmanship is entrenched throughout the city. It is no surprise that some streets in the old city are named after these crafts, such as Souk El Najjareen (Carpenters Market), Souk El Hayyaken (Weavers Market), Souk El Kendarjieh (ShoemakersMarket), Souk El Sagha or Souk El Dahab (Goldsmiths/ Gold Market), etc. Traditional crafts are still practised in Old Saida. A walk in the Souk El Najjareen (Carpenters Souk) will take you through the scents and sounds of woodworks, where furniture and wooden artefacts are manufactured and on-display. Wooden artefacts include the making of special molds for various food making, special traditional wooden stools and chairs, kebkabs, and special wooden shoes for the traditional hammams. This souk has been recently renovated by the Mohammad Zeidan Restoration Foundation among different efforts of the local community to support such traditions. Those traditions include wickerwork and basketry, cotton and silk spinning, the making of soap, among many others.
Dessert is a completely different story! It cannot be missed. The city is known for its hot Sahlab served with Kaak and its warm, freshly baked Knafeh or Katayef. Not to forget the variety of Saida’s best sweet bites such as Raha (Turkish Delight), often served with biscuits, as well as Baklava, Sinioura, Awwamat, Essha, Malban, Halewe, Mfatqa, Mhalbiyyi, Roz bi-Halib and many more mouth-watering delicacies.