A trip to Cairo isn’t complete without a visit to Khan el-Khalili, the grand bazaar in the historic city centre. This labyrinth of narrow alleys filled with exotic merchandise and handmade souvenirs is a fabulous place to explore. It’s not only the perfect place to shop for interesting wares, but the neighbourhood itself is also home to many monuments and beautiful old cafés.
The smell of spices, the banter of the merchants, the rich blend of colours and textures: Khan el-Khalili is a feast for the senses. For the full experience, just surrender to the dynamic rhythm of the souk, where people have been buying, selling and in particular, bargaining since 1382. Lanterns, water pipes, papyrus rolls, essential oils, copper pots and Pharaoh masks – the further you go into the souk, the narrower the streets and the more authentic the merchandise.