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Khan Al-Khalili

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Khan Al-Khalili

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Bonnie B wrote a review 15 Jan
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Both times the taxi dropped us off was in front of where you might find Mohammed and everyone there knows him and can call him for you if you don’t see him immediately! Just look forward a tall man with a shaved head and super friendly man with a delightful charm pleased to get you the best deals! We were lucky enough to be spotted and cared for by the tall Mohammed himself! He personally walked us through the Souk/Bazaar to enjoy meeting the people and visiting several shops with fantastic Egyptian goods that made our experience both fun and even educational! We touched authentic Egyptian cotton, smelled Egyptian oils that were so lovely, and even went upstairs to a room where we saw genuine papyrus with his own uncle treating us like special guests! We walked through vegetable stands, saw pita bread being made, shopped for beautiful scarves, and had lots of laughs walking through this large marketplace with an entertaining personal guide, Mohammed himself! We felt like we had our own VIP escort, teacher, safety, and friend all in one man; Mohammed! Ask the vendors for the tall “sweet-talking” Mohammed and you won’t regret it! And remember, he is working hard for you, so be sure to tip him well at the end- he deserves it!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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a h wrote a review 2 Jan
Australia1,066 contributions165 helpful votes
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The place cleaned up and offers many interesting goods and artistic products and good quality and reasonable deals...good to see at night...the scooters are a nightmare and should be removed from this pedestrian area
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Kadu Carrasco wrote a review Dec 2020
Sao Paulo, SP450 contributions79 helpful votes
You must visit this market if you're in Cairo. I strongly recommend having a tour guide to help you with your bargaining, because that can let you a bit tired or upset. It's their culture, so you have to keep that in mind. Anyway, I feel that I'm always paying much more than I should. And sometimes you get stuck during the negotiation. I don't like it. So we took a tour guide that helped us a lot. You can find some stores (like Jordi) which will have fixed prices. Consider that almost everything you see in Egypt is made in China. So don't believe promises that any object is handmade and don't pay more for that. And lots of things have very poor quality. We went to an alabaster store in Luxor which had so many statues and we paid much much more because they said it was handcrafted. I believed. Some days later, visiting popular markets just as Khan el Khalili, I found EXACTLY the same statues with some hundreds of Egyptian pounds cheaper. So I give you an advice: if you find an object, think of how much you'd pay for it with an honest price. With this honest price in your mind, tell the salesperson you're paying less than what you have in mind so that after some 3 or 4 prices you reach your target. And no matter what happens don't pay more than what you think is fair. They will tell you a very high price at first. If you accept it, you'll lose a lot of money for nothing. Also, learn some Arabic expressions. They love it and then you can bargain even more. hahahaha Good luck!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Free Spirit wrote a review Dec 2020
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Be brave!  It's a nice atmosphere but you will get hounded and sold anything from scarves to jewellery, souvenirs, the kitchen sink the lot!  They won't leave you in peace.  I got a necklace and some oud fragrance.  To be honest, there aren't many nice items.  The atmosphere is lovely, very busy.  Go in the evening.  Bargain a lot!  They will really inflate prices when they see foreigners.  I am happy to pay and know that they need to make a living but not when they take advantage.  Most likely they will agree on your price!  There are coffee shops and restaurants inside and outside.  Easy to get lost so watch how you walk.  The mosque outside is beautiful especially when it's prayer time.  I suggest getting a driver, asking them to drop you then agreeing a time and place to collect you after.  One to one and a half hours is enough unless you plan to have a drink or bite to eat. Absolutely filthy so wear old shoes!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Winame Saban wrote a review Dec 2020
Houston, Texas1 contribution
The street is so energetic and really amusing to have a walk in. Best place to buy souvenirs from and see interesting cultural stuff.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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