Muscat is small enough to enjoy a morning at the fish market in old Mutrah, an afternoon at a gallery in the central Al Khuwair neighborhood, and an evening exploring the souk (market) in the northern suburb of Seeb—the key is the timing. Traditional markets and many shops open in the morning around 8 am, then close from around noon to 4:30; additionally, some shops and even museums close on Fridays. It's best to plan to visit parks, restaurants, or beaches during gap hours. Restaurants and shops typically stay open until 10 or 11 pm during the week, and even later on weekends. Muscat nightlife picks up around midnight.