- Location: Located in the Islamic district of Cairo in Egypt.
- Attraction Type: Market.
- Significance: One of the oldest markets in the world.
- Best time to Visit: Throughout the year.
- How to Reach: The easiest way to reach Cairo is through air. You can also reach there from various parts of the country by train. Ramses Station is the main railway station of Cairo. Buses are also available.
- Nearest Airport: Cairo International Airport (CAI)
For many, it is the most entertaining part of Cairo, whereas for some others, it is the must-visit destination in Egypt. The subject of attraction here is Khan el-Khalili — one of the oldest markets in the world. Consists of hundreds of shops, where one can find almost all kinds of products, Khan el-Khalili is a major souk in the Islamic district of Cairo that attracts thousands of visitors including tourists and local people.
The history of this Egyptian market goes back to 1382 when Emir Djaharks el-Khalili constructed a large caravanserai under the Burji Mamluk Sultan Barquq. Later the markets were rebuilt to establish Khan el-Khalili. During the Ottoman Empire, this market of Egypt was known as Turkish bazaar. Currently, this bazaar district is one of the greatest attractions in Cairo.
Inside the Khan el-Khalili
Shopping in Khan el-Khalili is an interesting experience. You will find a range of products in this market in Cairo. Due to the decline in a number of western tourists, the prices in Khan el-Khalili have dropped a little bit. However, the number of shops has increased a lot. It is always good to compare the price of the product before you buy anything from here.
There are certainly some items that you can buy from Khan el-Khalili, whereas there are also some items that you should avoid buying from here. Clothing is quite cheap here. You will also find good quality spices at an affordable price. You can also buy some souvenirs from here, as these are a little bit cheaper than those available in the hotel lobby. You will find a wide variety of perfume, but it is better to avoid those, as there is always some element of doubt on their genuineness.
Besides hundreds of shops, Khan el-Khalili has also got a number of coffeehouses, street food stalls, and restaurants. Coffee shops are quite traditional, though a bit small, where you can have some Arabic coffee. Fishawi’s cafíé is a quite popular name over there.
There is no dearth of hotels in Cairo. You will find a number of hotels catering to the needs of all sorts of travelers. Some of the Cairo hotels can be named as Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Hotel Longchamps, Fairmont Towers Heliopolis, Osiris Hotel, Talisman Hotel de Charme, etc.