2045 hrs | Khan-al-KhaliliThis historic souk (bazaar) was the trading center of Egypt in the 14th century. Merchants from neighboring regions would come here and sell wares from their land. Nowadays the market is generally visited by tourists to buy souvenirs, antiques and jewelry. The periphery of the market is lined with coffeehouses and shisha (hookah) cafes. The prices quoted by the shopkeepers are not exorbitant, however, it is foolish not to hassle. Similar goods are also available in local shops located in downtown Cairo as well. It is wiser to visit both these places and then make your purchase. We bought papyrus paintings and pyramid paperweights as gifts for friends and family and left this peacefully chaotic market to go look for dinner.
Go hunting for souvenirs in a busy souk
Located in the heart of Islamic Cairo , the Khal al Khalili market dates back as far as 1382. This busy and colorful open-air bazaar has 900 shops filled with unique and exotic items that includes glassware, brassware , perfume and jewellry and souvenirs.