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Khan El Khalili

Khan El Khalili (Egypt)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
875 yd from Cairo city centre on foot
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Khan El Khalili

Latéfa Faïz Seasoned Traveller
114 written opinions

Of world renown, Khan El Khalili is Cairo's great souk. It is an essential attraction to visit while on a trip to Egypt.

My suggestion:
If you do not want to get lost and if you want to get the best out of the place take a guide.
My review

Khan El Khalili is a huge souk . Imagine dozens and dozens of booths as far as the eye can see, open from early morning until sunset, and in the middle of it all a constant energetic going and coming! A sort of "Aladdin's cave", which mixes souvenirs for tourists (plastic pyramids, small cloth camels...), everyday items (soap, blankets...) and rare gems: I had the pleasure of seeing beautiful, old Arab books and very beautiful precious stones with fascinating glints!

Some of Khan El Khalili's quarters deserve to be lingered at: I recommend the gigantic silver and goldsmiths' quarters, that of the copper craftsmen, a bit more modest, and finally the spice merchants quarter for the exotic scent and rainbow colours of the stalls.

If you wish to see traditional Cairo cafés, I advise the Fishawi café for its bustling atmosphere day and night, its beautiful mirrors, not to mention the pedlars that are omnipresent in the room. Most of all, do not leave Khan El Khalili without having paced up and down the tiny steps of Midaq passage, which gets its name from the famous novel by Naguib Mahfouz, The Passage of Miracles .

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