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Khan Al-Khalili, Cairo

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Soak up the atmosphere and pick out a souvenir at Khan Al-Khalili, a historic souk built in the 14th century. With a maze-like layout and artfully arranged shop fronts and stalls, the market caters largely to international tourists these days. Some areas, such as the gold and spice-selling districts, remain seemingly unchanged, with countless merchants all located close to one another, creating a striking visual effect and lending itself well to photography. Make Khan Al-Khalili part of your personalized Cairo itinerary using our Cairo trip planner.
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  • A huge market with tons of vendors. Unfortunately most are selling just about the same (inexpensive) souvenirs. There are some nice restaurants. I spent just a few minutes looking around, then... 
    A huge market with tons of vendors. Unfortunately most are selling just about the same (inexpensive) souvenirs. There are some nice restaurants. I spent just a few minutes looking around, then...  more »
  • Very picturesque and interesting place. But as many other reviewers mentioned, the items for sale are not very authentic or unique. But fun place to wander about and many photo opportunities. Did... 
    Very picturesque and interesting place. But as many other reviewers mentioned, the items for sale are not very authentic or unique. But fun place to wander about and many photo opportunities. Did...  more »
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  • We had the best time here. Bought all the goodies. A great stop for any souvenir shopping you may want to do.. comparable to a flea market in the US. Only better. Such a neat experience.
  • When I think about Cairo I think about this place. It is old, authentic, raw, and captivating. The architecture and the old streets are lovely. However, this experience is not for everyone....at times I felt claustrophobic and it's constantly crowded. The streets are very narrow. And you need someone local or a guide to help you navigate the streets otherwise you can find yourself lost in some strange ally. Generally it's safe and there is a metal detector and police at the entrance. Motorcycles roam around near pedestrians which is dangerous..(for this reason I would not recommend coming here with kids) There are lots of shops for souvenirs but I have to say that they inflated their prices so much that even after an 80 percent haggling experience they were still overpriced. I regretted buying from there as I found better bargains at the airport. It's a little bit frustrating to have to turn down a lot of the street vendors, but if you are polite and nice with them they will let you be... I love watching people there and chatting with shopkeepers. I can't wait to go back again.

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