This is a retreat from the sun in summer, while it's easy to lose a day in this sprawling market during the mild winters. ... More
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
This is a retreat from the sun in summer, while it's easy to lose a day in this sprawling market during the mild winters. This bustling souk dates back to the 14th Century and the maze of alleys are reminiscent of the marketplaces in those days. Either sides of the lanes are lined with merchants displaying crafts, souvenirs, accessories and more. Most of the shopfronts conceal cramped workshops where craftsmen still produce lanterns, inlaid boxes, waterpipes and brassware using traditional techniques. Before a trip here, make sure you work on your bargaining skills! If you're not careful enough, the merchants here are difficult to cut a good deal with, so much so, that even the locals can never get local prices! Cash is definitely preferred, but some vendors accept credit cards too. Once you're done with shopping, walk into one of the many cafes for a quick bite.
I'm going to Cairo over 3 weeks. A friend of mine told me I could get an old bracelet coated with silver at the Kan bazar. Can anyone recommend a name and/or adress? Please do, my wife will beat me up otherwise :-)))
Thanks for your reply
I have visited Khan el Khalili on previous trips to Egypt and it has changed. Now it's full of "commission boys" who snag you off the street and take you to "their uncle's or cousin's shop" for a good deal. Well, guess what? Those good deals include up to 50% commission for the street boy. Guess who pays that commission? YOU do! BEWARE!!! It's not fun any more. Too bad.
I have been to egypt 6 times ,I just love the place,I did go with my friend from amman jordon so he knew how to bargain,love the gold there got many things from there the mother of pearl boxes or a great deal,Ialso love the brass round tables have them now ,they can be great gifts to,thank you so much Thearesa
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