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A Look At Egypt's Most Famous Ancient Markets


Tue 09 Jul 2024 | 01:59 PM
Ahmed Emam

Egypt boasts a rich history and vibrant culture beyond its famous pyramids and bustling cities. The country's ancient markets offer more than just shopping; they are cultural experiences where you can immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, haggle with vendors, and uncover hidden treasures. 

In this article, we will guide you through the best traditional markets in Egypt, where you can find everything from antiques and handcrafted items to unique souvenirs and vintage collectibles.

Khan Al-Khalili:

Khan Al-Khalili, located in the historic center of Cairo, is one of the most famous ancient markets in Egypt. Its origins date back to the 14th century, and it offers a wide variety of products such as handicrafts, souvenirs, antiques, jewelry, carpets, and more in its almost 1,000 stalls. The market is popular among both locals and tourists. You must visit El Fishawi, or Mirror Café, one of Cairo’s most famous cafés, which has been open since 1769 and operates 24 hours a day. To get there, you can take a taxi or go by metro (Bab El Shaariya station), or enjoy a 20-minute walk.

Souq El Ataba:

This market in Cairo is a great destination for tourists with a wide variety of products available at reasonable prices, including antiques, jewelry, shoes, clothing, and handmade crafts.

Souq Al Khyiamia (Tentmakers’ Street):

Located in the Qasaba market of Radwan Bey, Al Khyiamia is known for its decorative textiles, especially the khayamiya used in the manufacture of tents. The market offers quality rugs, tapestries, and other textile products at good prices. It is situated in the center of Cairo, close to the Khan Al-Khalili market.