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Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

70 reviews
Shopping, Outdoors, Flea Market
Ranked #4 in Cairo things to do
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al-Azhar Street, Cairo, Egypt
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In the heart of Cairo, Egypt lies a historical gem of a retail place that is like no mall you have ever seen. The Khan El Khalili-bazaar, known simply as the Khan, is a centuries-old marketplace ... Read more
brimming with items available for purchase. From groceries to more exotic goods, this center of trade offers a variety of goods to meet any need or want. The Khan holds a good deal of rich history, having begun as a caravansary in the 14th century, offering lodging to those traveling on camel. Vigorous trading in the Khan made Cairo a prosperous city. Today one can purchase food, home decor items, jewelry, gold, silver, and fabric. Bring your wallet, your curiosity, and be prepared to bargain for the items of your desire.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Khan el Khalili is my favorite market is the city. The sights and atmosphere are intoxicating. The narrow streets are lined with shops selling knick-knacks, small souvenir vendors, and spice merchants. Khan el Khalili is the perfect place to practice your haggling skills, try new foods, and take pictures.

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Yorba Linda

I had an hour here and I wish I had more. There was just so much to seen. A lot of window shopping for sure.
The smells of the spices were really so nice.
If you're looking for something, it's probably here.

I would really love to go back. Amazing place =)

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Sacramento

It's a great place to get a good bargain of souvenirs, just make sure you pay a reasonable price for what you're getting.

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Bangkok

Many Islamic buildings and shops here. It's really big area for your to buy the local stuff like shisha, perfume, spice, etc.

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Tanta

I went there many times with my friends . We just cant get tired! The unique atmosphere is what makes it special. You may find it a bit crowded but its a lot better! People there are very welcoming and kind. You can buy lovely souvenirs for your beloved ones!

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Amman

A great place if you're looking for the real Egyptian experience. If you search well, it's quite cheap for buying accessories and books (got two english novels each in 25 Egyptian pound) so look first, skim stores and then buy. You can find home accessories too, amazingly colorful lamps, and much more unexpected stuff!

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Quincy
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On a quest for exotic trinkets as mementos of your travels? Search no further. The most famous Arabic souk in all of Cairo, familiarly known as the ‘Khan’, is a labyrinth of shops hidden in narrow alleyways. Did I mention – a photographer’s dream? Dally through the winding streets of this open-air emporium, originally a merchant trading stop for camel caravans. Sniff at unfamiliar spices wafting through the bazaar. Be romanced by the soft glow of chandeliers and gleaming lanterns. Peruse the colorful fabrics for that perfectly-embroidered galabeya (dress). Expect to haggle up to 75% for brass, ornate shisha pipes, and touristy Egyptian souvenirs.

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Los Angeles
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Fun, but watch your purse/wallet and don't wander alone if you're a woman. I didn't feel very safe here. You can buy cheap souvenirs and gifts to take home though.

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Brooklyn

Full of atmosphere. A must visit if you are in Cairo. Can be a bit chaotic but that is part of the fun.

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Nizwa

This is the number one spot where you can 'veil-up' in Cairo. Refine your bargaining skills with the smoothest touts in the city’s most ancient quarter, ‘The Khan.’ From pashmina to silk and everything in between, they’ll mix and match your hejab to fit that favorite lip-gloss of yours perrrfectly. For fun, tally-up the marriage proposals at the end of the day at Naguib Mafouz’s old haunt, Fishawi’s Coffeehouse.

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Los Angeles

I was offered 20,000 camels in exchange for my hand in marriage at this bazaar, so I can't knock it too much. There are a lot of quality items sold here: silk scarves, beautiful jewelry, and, my personal favorite, the glass perfume bottles filled with your own personalized scent. There are also a lot of chachka stalls that fill this area, so it's a bit of a hunt to find what you're looking for. And if you're claustrophobic, you might want to try this place right when it opens up.

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New YORK!

Meh. I mean, you can walk around here once for atmosphere, but for actual shopping--don't do it! Well, OK--the gold quarter is good for those hieroglyph necklaces, and there's a great old silk shop on the main drag, but otherwise, the hassle and the crappiness of the products outweighs the history of the place. For actual shopping, you're much better off in specialty shops.

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Paranaque

It's quite an experience to visit this market but don't go alone. The vendors will be all over you and won't stop bugging you. If you bargain hard the prices are really quite cheap. Just be careful of what you but cause some are actually made in china.

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Fremantle

There's some great shopping to be done in this fabled bazaar. You'll find spices and perfumes, antiques, jewelry, and more. It's a fantastic and eclectic maze of wonderful treasures. It can be a bit chaotic and crowded on the main thoroughfares, but venture off onto one of the quieter side alleys and you'll get a real cultural experience. Do not miss this when you visit Cairo.

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Chicago

Go at night when the chaos is still abundant. Then you will be able to see the lit lamps for sale and possible walk away with a great souvenir!

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Miravet

Hectic, wonderful and like you've stepped straight into the pages of 1,001 Nights.

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Taste The Local Experience At an Egyptian Qahwa
Make yourself comfortable and feel at HOME by tasting a local experience! Ever heard of qahwa or kahwa in Egypt? Kahwa is a very popular place for Egyptians, especially for men, where they get to hang out, drink Egyptian tea or Turkish Coffee, smoke flavored Sheesha hookah pipe and play board games. Like in Paris and very oriental local countries, people gather on sidewalks cafés as a national local tradition of chilling out after working days or weekends. Coffee or Tea?!!
Originally it's the place were intellects used to meet and gather over enriched covnersations about art, music, poetry..etc. Now most probably it's about watching football games or just chilling out mostly Downtown Cairo or in El Hussein.
How Do You Drink Your Coffee?!
Drinking coffe or Ahwa is one of the top national traditions in the Middle East and within Egypt coffeehouses, despite its sour taste for newbies, Ahwa is pretty different from Nescafe or American coffee and it smells way stronger. Traditionally it's about the Oriental Face of Egypt that you find the coffee beans in Egyptian Old Bazaars which sell Egyptian spices, where people like to drink it thick, strong, and brewed.
You can drink it in several ways, in other words, choose which tastes better for you to own it as a tradition for the rest of your life.
Having it black is "Ahwa Sada"
Lightly sweetened is "Ahwa Ariha"
Moderately Sweet is "Ahwa Mazboot"
Very Sweet is "Ahwa Ziyada"

for more info visit www.Egyptolution.com

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Philadelphia

Be very careful here. Do not get bullied into buying anything. I almost did. You can on the other hand get some great deals if you are willing to haggle. If you don't get your price just walk away and most of the time they will give in.

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Riyadh

Come to the khan to experience the density of population that is Cairo. Watch for your wallet here as it is a haven for pickpockets. Two nice venues in this souk: Fishawi cafe with the small tables is always full. The more upscale Naguib Mahfouz cafe has a live oriental band.

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جازان

the escence df old egyptians.many hand made resembling past and future also old coffee piaces having hts own amazing soul.

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