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Khan El Khalili-bazaar

Cairo, Cairo (Area), Egypt
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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaarPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 May 02, 2014

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

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersLocal CultureBudget TravelersHistory Buffs
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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Baxter Jackson
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    3 May 02, 2014

    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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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Erin K
    3 Oct 24, 2013

    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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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Zora O'Neill
    2 May 02, 2014

    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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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaarPro 2014
    Maan @Travel Binge
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    3 May 02, 2014

    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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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Summer Wilms
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    5 May 02, 2014

    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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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Pasquale Iannino Jr.
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    5 May 02, 2014

    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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    Luigo Legna
    5 May 02, 2014

    Bazaar é Bazar mesmo, tanto que no brasil os Turcos ficaram ricos, e todo dono de grandes empresas começaram com um bazar! então aqui é isto que vai encontrar, tem de tudo, de escorpião vivo a naja!

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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Egyptolution
    5 Sep 29, 2012

    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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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Jim Barton
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    3 May 02, 2014

    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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    Emily Drevets
    3 Aug 13, 2012

    By the time I visited Khan El-Khalili I had seen more than one outdoor market with merchandise hanging from the roofs so I wasn't freaking out over the fact the place was different than Wal-Mart.

    For those who have not experienced such a market, Khan El-Khalili certainly will be an experience, but who can say as to whether it will be good or bad.

    If going on a weekend evening (Thurs. or Fri.), be prepared for seething masses of people and endless calls: "Hello!" "Yes!" "Welcome in Egypt!" I would recommend going during the day if it's not too hot or on a weeknight in order to avoid hordes of living flesh. But that's just me.

    It can be very touristy. Just remember that the stuff here would be just as foreign to most Egyptians, except for skinny jeans and lingerie.

    If you can, drink something stiff before you go and it'll take the edge off.

    Women should go with a man (I always felt safer), and large groups are not recommended. A (pre-hired, licensed, certified, bona-fide) guide would also certainly be helpful.

    Note: this will not be "relaxing" in any sense of the word.

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    Toufic Tawily
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    4 May 02, 2014

    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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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Hatem Al Waseef
    5 Jul 27, 2012

    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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    Hamdy Hussein
    5 May 02, 2014

    Khan El Khalili is a very old street in Egypt , it`s in El Azhar area , wen u go to there you will feel the Egyptian Perfume in the air and will like the atmosphere u`ll see the Gold work shops and the bazaars which sell allm Egyptian products u`ll take SheSha in the coffee shop the most popular coffee shop there is EL Fishawy coffeeshop

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    Selma Audi
    3 May 02, 2014

    It's interesting to walk through the narrow passages streets and, in a sense, possibly it's a must-do, but it's difficult to find many interesting items and the market generally lacks any buzz or excitement such as Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Don't spend too long and combine it with visit to another local attraction.

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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Jodi Fischer
    4 May 02, 2014

    easy to get lost in there. learn a few words of arabic and you'll be treated with more respect from the shop keepers

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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Warren Notschaele
    4 May 02, 2014

    great place to go. you can find pretty much anything you want. Just remember, that you are haggling for the price. As an outsider, you price automatically doubles. So what ever price they offer, cut it in half and work from there. Be prepared to walk away, as there will be another shop in there that likely will have what you want. Have fun.

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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaar
    Katja Zimmer
    5 May 02, 2014

    This is on eof the greatest bazaars in the Middle East - really friendly people, nice food and shisha cafés, and crazy souvenirs like little Pharaonic mummies.

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    Cristian Cuellar
    2 May 02, 2014

    Como todos los bazares actuales, tienen muchas cosas "made in china", ademas a cada rato alguien aparece tratando de converserte que entres a su local. Fui un dia en la noche y la verda es que no me entusiasmo demasiado, quizas esperaba otra cosa

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  • Khan El Khalili-bazaarPro 2014
    John Abdou
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    4 May 02, 2014

    Name it and you can get it here... legitimately or on the black market. It's as large of a Bazaar as you'll find in Egypt and is a great place to get everything you could want or need. You're able to haggle with the merchants since there is so much competition there and you can also sit and relax at tea shop and enjoy some sheesha in between shopping.

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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 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 ... read more
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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