Khan el-Khalili bazaar

Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Cairo

Planning to visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar? Check out our information below!


There is no better way to soak up the real culture of a country than at its local market. The Khan el-Khalili is the largest souk in the world and is located in the heart of Cairo, not far from the Egyptian Museum. The Khan el-Khalili souk, runs right through the city and here you really will find everything. From fresh spices, jewellery, clothes, bongs to the typical souvenirs for tourists. Here you will also find stalls selling traditional Egyptian food and fresh tea.

Originating in the 14th century, this souk has been luring many itinerant traders and lusty shoppers from the Middle East and Africa since the 15th century. The market kept getting bigger and bigger and today is a veritable maze of alleyways where you can find both cheap souvenirs and authentic products (such as copperware or handmade jewellery boxes). Spending a few hours here is definitely one of the most fun activities in Cairo you can do.

Opening hours:

Most stalls in the Khan-el-khalili bazaar open around 09:30 AM in the morning. Mind you, on Fridays the souk gets underway a little later. There is no real end time here, the stalls stay open as long as people are there.

Photographer: Alex Azabache by Unsplash

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips you should know before visiting the Khan el-Khalili bazaar!

  • The Khan-el-khalili bazaar is a busy place and thus ideal for pickpockets. Besides, the vendors quickly see that you are a tourist and you will be bothered by many pushy sellers.
  • When you see something you want to buy, don’t forget to negotiate. Do this respectfully though and try to have a maximum price in your mind beforehand.
Photographer: Benjamin DeYoung by Unsplash

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