Througout the Market place in Aswan: "Tea Shops" Aswan Shopping Tip by Homanded

Aswan Shopping: 22 reviews and 39 photos

  Sampling Tea...note guide in background
by Homanded

Again, this is one of the places your guide will gently "nudge" you towards..

You will soon start to read your guide and get to know when he's out to make a buck on your expense by getting a kick back from friends and family who have him working for them on the side.
In egypt, everyone is out to make an easy buck and, your entrusted guide will be NO different!
Ours was a jovial, very good chap. His knowledge, as a guide was priceless and he added so much to the trip. By the same token, he was easy to read and you could tell that, as an Egyptologyst, he almost seemed to feel that this part of the job (touting to clients) was almost below him but, expected by the shop keepers non-the-less. We cut him some slack, went along with the game but, busted him on it every time which made for some personal satisfaction in so far as letting him know I was aware of his tricks!

What to buy: We loved the teas. naturals and medicinal. BE CAREFUL - some are very nasty concoctions, not necessarily exotics we, as westerners may be used to.

My favorite was the mint tea! Very refreshing and I bought a large bag to bring home
This is also a good place to smoke shisha but, please note the warnings about smoking shisha in public and, the risk for TB

Theme: Food and Drink

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 3, 2007
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