Built in 1650, this is the city's only surviving covered market and a wonderful place to visit even if you don't plan ... More
Tentmakers Bazaar (Souq Al-Khiamiyya)
Built in 1650, this is the city's only surviving covered market and a wonderful place to visit even if you don't plan to buy anything. Shops on either side of the narrow alley feature handmade cotton applique everything from pillow cases to cushions and quilts. The colors are brilliant and the Islamic motifs make them ideal souvenirs. Check the stitching carefully, as the quality is variable.
I came here with some other people on a Friday late morning, when many of the shops were closed. But we found one open that had very fine khiamiyya pillowcases and such. It was being run by a young boy, until his father got back. So his prices were very inexpensive and didn't require bargaining! Got some lovely things. Loved walking around the area as it involved being hassled far less than the tourist bazaar areas. This is a really out of the way bazaar and well worth a visit. Also great to see the recently restored Bab Zuweyla (ancient city gate).
I really liked this market. The covered bazaar is unique in Cairo. In many shops the seamsters can watched creating their works of fabric art. I felt the pressure to buy from the vendors in this area much less than at Khan Al Khalili just to the north.