Fodor's Expert Review Khan al-Khalili

Islamic Cairo North: al-Husayn Mosque to Bab al-Futuh Market Fodor's Choice

Cairo shopping starts at this great medieval souk, which is chaotic and crowded but a thoroughly authentic Cairo experience. Although it has been on every tourist's itinerary for centuries, and some of its more visible wares can seem awfully tacky, the Khan is where everyone—newcomer and age-old Cairene alike—goes to find traditional items: jewelry, lamps, spices, clothes, textiles, handicrafts, water pipes, metalwork, you name it. Whatever it is, you can find it somewhere in this skein of alleys or the streets around them. Every Khan veteran has the shops he or she swears by—usually because of the fact (or illusion) she or he is known there personally and is thus less likely to be overcharged. Go, browse, and bargain hard. Once you buy something, don't ask how much it costs at the next shop; you'll be happier that way. Many shops are closed Sunday and Friday mornings until after prayers.

Market Historical Fodor's Choice Silversea Cruise

Quick Facts

Cairo, Cairo  Egypt

What’s Nearby