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Cairo is a wonderland of shopping, with the endless souqs to explore, as well as the sophisticated high-end shops that exist in most of the 5-star hotel arcades. It is always expected that you will bargain over prices in the markets, and in most shops bargaining is also widely practiced. Most shopkeepers give discounts if you buy more than one item, and give a greater discount with each additional item that you buy.

Kahn al Khalili, a bazaar dating from the 14th century, is the largest and most famous souq in all of Cairo. A good place to go for local culture and people-watching as well as for souvenirs and trinkets. The Street of the Tentmakers is Cairo’s only remaining medieval covered market. This is a good place to shop for traditional printed fabrics. (Located in Islamic Cairo, at the north end of Al-Khayamiya street)

Cairo is an excellent place to buy traditional arts, crafts, and glassware, as well as Nubian pieces. Marketing Link – 27 Yehia Ibrahim, Apt. 8, Zamalek – is a fair trade store with handmade items from all over the Middle East. Head to the Midan Libnan area (Mohandiseen) for upscale clothing and furniture stores, and to Zamalek, an area popular with foreign nationals for a variety of elegant shops. Sharia Gam’at al-Duwal al-‘Arabiya (Mohandiseen) is an up-and-coming strip-mall area for those nostalgic for the familiarity of Western style, neon shopping arcades.

Gold and silver are also popular purchases in Cairo. The Gold Market area is in the souq of Kahn al Khalili, along Al Muizziz li-Din Allah and Sikket al-Badestan streets. Gold tends to be sold for similar prices as elsewhere in the world, but silver is a particularly good bargain in Cairo. Go to Mohammed Amin Silver – 70 Al-Muizz li-Din Allah- for unusual antique pieces from around the Middle East, and try George Aziz (14 Sikket al-Badestan, Khan al-Khalili souq) for contemporary silver styles.

Mall of Arabia


A ‘Mall of America’ inspired mall and this can clearly be seen from what they offer in size and quantity. From a daily water fountain show to selling all high-end brands, a visitor can find everything their heart desires. There is even a possibility of buying a car in that same mall!

Useful Information

  • Address: 26th of July Corridor, Giza Governorate
  • Opening hours: Daily: 9.00am – 11.00pm.
  • Website: mallofarabia.com.eg
  • Phone: +20 2 38210500
  • Email:info@marakez.net

Wekalet El Ghoury


This used to be a medieval caravan route but has now been turned into a buzzing marketplace. If you are there at the right times, you might be able to attend and see the Tannoura Dance Troop. Enjoy the cultural heritage that Cairo has to offer and you can easily spend a whole day there.

Useful Information

  • Address: 3 Mohamed Abdo St, Cairo
  • Phone: +20 2 25107146

City Stars


A traditional modern mall which can be found very close to the airport. With a food court, cinemas, and lots of stores, you can be certain you can spend an entire day here. This place is a good start off point for when you just landed in Cairo.

Useful Information

  • Address: Omar Ibn El-Khattab, Masaken Al Mohandesin, Nasr City, Cairo Governorate
  • Opening hours: Saturday – Wednesday: 10.00am – 01.00am. Thursday – Friday: 10.00am – 01.00am.
  • Website: www.citystars-heliopolis.com.eg/
  • Phone: +20 2 24800500

Oum El Dounia Gallery


With good prices, a large variety of choices, and high quality, this store is a nice escape from the busy bazaar. Take a walk through the store and check out their wide selection, from bags to books.

Useful Information

  • Address: 1er étage, 3 Talaat Harb, Bab Al Louq, Abdeen, Cairo Governorate
  • Opening hours: Daily: 10:00am – 09:00pm.
  • Website: www.oumeldounia.com
  • Phone: +20 2 23938273
  • Email: oumeldouniacairo@yahoo.fr

Khan el-Khalili


An immense market, a bazaar, with sand covered ancient buildings. This place will remain as one of your best memories of Egypt. Use your best bartering skills or you will have to pay double for your goods!

Useful Information

  • Address: al-Azhar Street, Cairo, Egypt
  • Phone: +20 225 897 443

Nomad (Cairo Marriott Hotel Branch)


An excellent place to stock up on gifts as it offers many varieties of products. You can expect to find carpets, jewelry, and even home accessories. Walk among these shops as you take in the artistic decorations and easy-going vibe.

Useful Information

  • Address: 16 Saray Elgezira, Zamalek
  • More Info: Zamalek Marriott Hotel, Ground floor-Fountain Area
  • Opening hours: Daily: 12pm – 8pm
  • Website: www.nomadgallery.net
  • Phone: +20 2 27362132
  • Email: customerservice@nomadgallery.net

Tentmakers’ Souk


A whole street dedicated to artisans showing off their skills in turning cloth into all kinds of useful products. Expect to find quality bedspreads, tapestries, carpets, and many more.

Cairo Festival City Mall


An American inspired super mall with everything you need. Be prepared for crowds on the weekends. The shops offer lots of different brands and styles, and there is a beautiful outdoor cafe and restaurant area. Experience Cairo from a more Western-influenced perspective.

Useful Information

  • Address: 90, Cairo Governorate
  • Website: www.cairofestivalcity.com/en/MALL
  • Phone: +20 2 26186000
  • Email: mall.customerservice@alfuttaim.ae

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