Khan Al-Khalili
Khan Al-Khalili
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This vibrant open-air bazaar is a treasure trove of Egyptian culture, with bustling streets filled with local artisans and vendors. Here, you can pick up unique souvenirs like spices and perfumes, or simply soak up the local atmosphere. And don't forget to haggle for the best bargains. The best time to go is in the morning before the crowds arrive and the weather gets too hot. Take a break from the shopping and pay a visit to El-Fishawi Cafe, one of Cairo's oldest, for a cup of tea or coffee. To learn more about the bazaar's rich history, join a walking tour to discover fascinating stories and insights from a knowledgeable guide. – Tripadvisor
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  • spacewalker
    Melbourne, Australia262 contributions
    Perhaps go for a look see but not for buying
    You can get all the items here elsewhere with a lot less hassle and cheaper. We bought a coffee cup set at Luxor airport gift shop and paid USD18. Yeah we thought you always overpay at such places. Then we saw the same set at el khalil and the vendor wanted USD60!! And here’s a big lol, at Cairo airport gift shop we saw the same set again and it was USD13. T-shirts and pants at el khalil were also not cheap compared to elsewhere. All in all, there’s not much reason to go other than the experience of it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Martin H
    Hong Kong, China858 contributions
    Eclectic
    This covers a big area I understand but we only saw a part of it. It's a wonderful warren of small alleys and shops, the most charming of which are the copperware and metal lantern shops which project a wonderful glow at night. There are a whole variety of shops for all tastes so you'll be sure to find a suitable souvenir here if that's what you're looking for. Try the famous Khan Al-Khalili Restaurant if you want something to eat.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Dara W
    Bavaria, Germany192 contributions
    Fun to explore!
    We didn’t buy much here but if you do definitely bargain. You can definitely get the items for 70% less than the original price. Especially if you come prepared with cash. We also explored the nearby local markets which had much cheaper pricing.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 March 2023
  • dfb260
    Staunton, Virginia461 contributions
    A great cultural and visual experience!
    A wonderful cultural experience! The vendors can be annoying unless you have an Egyptian guide who keeps them at bay. Just walking through the market is fascinating; a great visual experience. Great for observing a segment of Egyptian society. The place to get the best price on Egyptian products. Remember to haggle!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Dave_Polpetta
    Brussels, Belgium123 contributions
    don't go to the Om Kalthom Cafe! They are scammers.
    Do not go to the Om Kalthom Cafe. They are dishonest. We ordered three drinks that cost a total of 160 pounds. When we asked for the bill the guy try to charge us 300. We said no that's not right. Then he said 250. We said no. Then they added a 25% tax instead of 15%.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 April 2023
  • Rachel548
    Farmington Hills, Michigan532 contributions
    Take a guide with you
    We went to visit, see all the sights, and get the cultural experience. We only bought a few things and full disclosure we had an Egyptian tour guide with us. This made the experience pleasant. We were allowed to shop at our own pace without being hassled. We were also able to bargain prices fairly. There are some beautiful items although not always authentic. I'm not sure we would have had the same experience without a local guide but we enjoyed it.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Madan Gopal M
    Bengaluru, India4,629 contributions
    Market to enjoy.
    A medieval style local market, vibrant and active. As I visited during the festival season of Ramadan, that too in the evening, I found wonderful crowds, moving through narrow lanes, amazing flavours and great hospitality. This market with thousands of shops, selling everything one can imagine, souvenirs, household items, perfumes, precious stones, toys, mementos and what not. There are also lots of eateries and street food joints not to be missed.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Thomas Lukose
    New York City, New York30 contributions
    My visit to the Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar with Family
    Despite what you see when you book trip to Egypt, Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar is FREE to visit. You can take a cab or Uber from your hotel to the Bazar and walk around. Bazaar is really big. Make sure you know where you have started from and where you are exiting. There are a lot of shops that sells verity of things. Sometimes kids will come and try to give you something (like a balloon) and it is not free. Once you take it you must pay for it. Make sure you only get things you need and Bargain with the store owners you will get a great price. There are places to eat as well. It was a great experience visiting the the Bazaar at night with my family.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Dr_Effingpot
    Hook, United Kingdom777 contributions
    Such a must-see Bazaar (take a local guide for a better experience)
    We visited Khan El Khalili, this time with a local guide and that made it a different experience. The hassling was much less, we got better prices for things and were welcomed into our guide's favourite mint tea shop like locals. We certainly didn't pay the tourist prices complained about on here. it's a wonderful and unique experience. This time we learnt more about the pricing variations in different parts of the area. Our Top Tip would be to go with a local as it made the whole experiencemuch more pleasant.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • herculesmom
    137 contributions
    People Watching Experience
    Walked with guide thru the narrow paths. Quite a maze and could have easily become lost. Vendors always tempting you to step inside. Guide cautioned us to stay outside and have merchandise brought to us. Haggle. Shared that many items available were not locally made but made in other countries. Visit for the experience. Have a drink at an outdoor cafe. This was more of a people watching experience than a shopping experience. Had guide steer us to shops where items were known to be made locally afterward. Very crowded tourist stop.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 September 2023
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ken j
Manalapan, NJ919 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Very colorful market. Different goods are in their own areas. But the negative is that there are no fixed prices, soit is hard to know what things really cost. Also, the vendors are very very aggressive.
Written 14 February 2024
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Ryan L
Boston, MA3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Fascinating, huge, overwhelming, vibrant! Really a must experience market place. It seems to go on forever in all directions. Can spend hours and hours here amongst local shoppers.
Written 6 February 2024
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Climber10375362329
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing experience especially at night. It is worth it. You can by spices, souvenirs or whichever you want. It has specific atmosphere here.
Written 5 February 2024
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Patrick Borstner Ceballos
Cape Town Central, South Africa43 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
I took a walk across this bazaar as I heard so many people talking about it.
I was expecting something different.
It is very touristic and all shops are basically selling same touristic things.
It is still something interesting to see because of the narrow streets with some interesting buildings, because of the noise of the crowd and so forth.
But I would not go back a second time
Written 29 January 2024
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VIP29
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa33 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
This trip was truly amazing as it was a cultural experience. seeing the locals dealing in their wares made for a memorable trip. we spent almost 5 to 6 hours here and still did not compllete the entire souk. What a maze of streets and alleyways with an array of goods .everything you would want / it was amazing.
Written 25 January 2024
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Jacqui E
Bakersfield, CA5 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Fabulous! So much to see, overwhelming to the senses. Worth going too. Just make sure to haggle, if the sellers start with outrageous prices walk away. I tried to buy something & was initially given a price of LE£9,000, (almost $300) for something worth $5 at best. Exactly the same at other stores was LE£400 before haggling. So be careful before you buy.
Written 22 January 2024
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Louise D
Staffordshire, UK19 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
What a trip we had to this landmark, world-famous bazaar. Would not have entertained going without a knowledgeable guide, Waleed from Nefertiti Tours. As non-Arabic speaking, obvious 'tourists' Waleed ensured we saw all the main sites, covered most of the bazaar, had coffee in Alfishawy Coffee shop - SUPERB.

Highly recommend this multi-sensory experience, especially if you want to do a bit of bartering for some souvenirs.
Written 13 January 2024
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8snowflake8
Asia366 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
The bazaar was part of our tour itinerary. We arrived around 10:30 am and it was extremely quiet. We expected hustle and bustle like other souks and local markets we've been to but we didn't see any of that.
The most intriguing shop we found was Khedr Elattar, a provisions store selling spices, dates, tea, medicines and toiletries! No one hassled us and we could browse in peace.
Written 9 January 2024
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Beth G
New York City, NY26 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Khan al-Khalili is a fascinating bazaar. A lot of the shops are tourist traps and the salesmen can be pushy, but you still have to go in order to soak up the atmosphere.
Written 8 January 2024
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Daisy Z
Corona, CA145 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Do watch out for your bags here. Almost all pickpockets happen in the market. I didn't buy anything from the market itself since my local guide told me everything in the markets got imported from China and I get to buy them cheaper on Ali Express. But I do recommend the local coffee shops, I loved the coffee and the tea and the authentic Mango juice and also definitely try their cheese pizza.
Written 5 January 2024
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