Known as the Mother of the World, Cairo, Egypt is full of history and culture, making it an excellent choice for your next vacation. Before you head out there, though, here’s a guide to three of the most iconic markets that you should check out while you’re in Cairo. You can even stop by the #HashtagTravel office once you’re there so we can show you more things to do while visiting!
Khan el-Khalili should be your first choice if you only have time to visit one market while in Cairo. It is one of the most well-known bazaars in the city and it dates all the way back to the fourteenth century. You may find numerous local craftsmen and enterprises offering anything from antiques to handicrafts as you stroll past its mediaeval gates. For more than 700 years this market has been a meeting place for traders and merchants who came from around the world. There are also many small cafes and restaurants along with some street food stalls that sell grilled kebabs or sweet delicacies like shawarma or falafel.
Visitors to Egypt who enjoy reading shouldn’t miss this international book bazaar in Cairo. It’s renowned as the city’s top book market and is situated near to Azbakeya Gardens. There are over 130 stalls there, and you can browse through thousands of rare, vintage, and secondhand books—some of which date back to the 19th century! Al-Sayeda Aisha Market: In Downtown Cairo, Al-Sayeda Aisha Market has a wide range of goods for sale including furniture, clothes, footwear, and more. You’re sure to find something you like!
Souq Al Goma’a
Souq Al Goma’a is the place to go if you want to mix with the locals while you are in Cairo. It is also known as Friday market and provides about everything you could possibly need at a low cost. However, it is frequently thronged with locals and is not as touristic as Khan el-Khalili. With that said, this market is great for picking up souvenirs for your friends back home.
The last two markets on our list are much more touristy than others. The first being Khan El Khalili Market.
Its a good idea to stay clear from this area during Ramadan when most Egyptians are fasting from sunrise until sunset and many stores will be closed because of religious reasons.