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"Khan El-Khalili" Khan el Khalili Tip by June.b

Khan el Khalili, Cairo: 84 reviews and 148 photos

So what is a visit to the city of Cairo without walking along the fascinating souk of Khan El-Khalili. This is surely on the top 5 list to see in Cairo. There are about 3 tourists there who asked me how to go to the Khan during this trip.

This souq is built in 1382. When the Sultan Barquq started his madrassa in Bayn el-Qasrayn, markets were rebuilt, and Khan el-Khalili was established. It was also known Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman Empire, ironically there is also an Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul near the Eminonu ferry port and the Sultan Valide mosque.

Either you just walk around the souq or buy stuff like souvenir items, shirts, alabaster statuettes, shisha pipes, spices, papyrus, boofa, lamps, kilims, carpets, jewellries and all sorts of stuff, just remember to haggle with prices though. Start at 30% of the seller's price and work your way upto 50%, don't give up easy, promise, you'll get it. The souq is colourful and it's a feast for all your senses.

You can always include the visit to Khan el-Khalili when you take a walking tour of the old Islamic Cairo as it's within the area.

Address: From Al Azher st., Cairo, Egypt
Directions: Near Al-Hussein Mosque

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 26, 2011
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