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Shopping in Cairo

Central to Cairo's shopping experience is Khan el-Khalili in Islamic Cairo, its boisterous lanes alive with centuries-old trading for perfume oils, antique silver and saddle bags. The huge Stars Centre modern shopping arcade in Heliopolis offers contemporary styles. Zamalek and Dokki have plenty of handicraft shops including handmade fabrics and jewellery at Nagada. Downtown has busy local shops, from clothes to books to music. Most shops are open between 10am-6pm, and closed on Fridays.

Khan el-Khalili, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel
Stars Centre, Cairo. Courtesy of CityStars
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Stars Centre

Massive shopping mall

Away from medieval Cairo is Stars Centre mall which opened in 2005 in Heliopolis's CityStars complex. Locals say it's the biggest thing since the pyramids, with over 500 shops, including Mango and Nine West. Local collections include Concrete's clothing.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-12am

Address

Sharia Omar Ibn El Khattab, Heliopolis, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2480 0553

Transport

Metro to Al Abbaseya

Website

CityStars Website

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Nagada

Timeless handicrafts

Encouraging handweaving, Nagada brings handmade fabrics from Upper Egypt, pottery from the Fayum and jewellery and clothing from Cairo to various countries around the world. In Cairo, these timeless handicrafts can be bought in the store located in Dokki.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-6.30pm

Address

13, Refa'a Street, Dokki, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 37486663

Transport

Metro: Dokki

Website

Nagada Website

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Mobaco

Top-quality clothing

With cool cottons, cashmere and wool, this large branch of popular Mobaco, in Mohandiseen, has top-quality shirts, made from world-famous Egyptian cotton. Clothes come in casual and formal, with a decent collection of men's and women's styles.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-10pm

Address

248, Sharia al-Suda, Mohandiseen, Cairo 11511

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 3347 3791

Transport

Taxi

Website

Mobaco Website

Khan el-Khalili, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel
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Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Medieval market

Noisy Khan el-Khalili in Islamic Cairo, known locally as 'the Khan', has over 900 stalls selling almost everything. Join locals along medieval streets and haggle for perfumes, hand-blown glass and camel-hair rugs or just absorb the sounds and smells.



Opening Hours

Daily 7am-7pm

Address

Khan El Khalili, Al Azhar Street, Cairo

Transport

Taxi

Al Aseel, Cairo. Photo by Maurice Farouk, courtesy of Al Aseel
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Al Aseel

Quality ouds

For decades, Al Aseel in Hadayek-El-Kobba has produced hand-made ouds - traditional Egyptian stringed instruments - for musicians worldwide, originally produced by Farouk Shehata, then son Maurice. Their best ouds of ornate inlaid wood have the richest sounds.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 9am-8pm

Address

80, Misr wa Sharia Al Sudan, Hadayek Al-Kobba, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 101458525

Transport

Taxi

Website

Al Aseel Website

Wissa Wassef Arts Centre, Cairo. Photo by Ikram Nosshi, © Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre - Egypt
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Wissa Wassef Arts Centre

Hand-made tapestries

The Wissa Wassef Arts Centre near Giza's pyramids, built by weaver and teacher Ramses Wissa Wassef, has sold weavings, tapestries and batiks since 1952. Most are large-scale, with scenes of birds, nature and abstract designs, hand-made from naturally dyed wool.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-5pm (weavers Sat-Thu 9am-12pm & 2-5pm)

Address

Harrania Village, Sakkara Road, El Haram Giza, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 33815746 / 5403

Transport

Microbus from Midan Tahrir to intersection of Pyramid Road and Sakkara Road, then microbus to Harrania Village

Website

Wissa Wassef Arts Centre

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