Egypt is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world due to its rich historical heritage and amazing scenery. But there are other sides to the country that are worth an explore, like its flea markets, for example. So whether you’re a shopping lover or not, there’s a great adventure that you need to try. Here are the best flea markets that you can stroll around in Egypt.
Located in Cairo’s Islamic area, Khan El Khalili is one of the oldest flea markets in Egypt and dates back to 1382. While strolling through the market, you’ll also get to enjoy the Islamic historical buildings and discover more about Islamic Cairo’s history. In addition to being the most well-known silver market, this spot is the perfect place to shop for old antiques, handmade accessories, old perfume bottles, coins, glassware, handcrafts, shishas and costumes that would make the perfect present.
Located near the wall of Azbakeya gardens, this place is the most renowned book market that sells old, unique, and used books in Cairo, and it dates back to the 19th century. With more than 130 stalls, a book seeker can find any genre that may cross their mind with lower prices than any other bookstore. The sellers there are very friendly and helpful, so if you can’t find the book you’re looking for you can leave your phone number and they’ll call you back once they find it. So for the book addicts amongst you, this is an ideal place for shopping.
Souq El Gom’aa, is one of the largest flea markets in Cairo. Located under El-Tonsi Bridge in the middle of the City of the Dead (where cemeteries are located), and near Salah Eldin Citadelin, it is a place where you can find almost anything, or as Egyptians say “from needle to rock,” with the cheapest prices. You can shop for furniture, mobile phones, ceramic tiles, clothes, shoes, antiques, stamps, and coins. The market is always overcrowded, so do take care of your pockets, purses and wallets.
Established in the 19th century, Wekalet El Balah is one of the most famous markets that sells medium quality, and second-hand imported clothes. It’s located on the Nile Corniche between Boulaq neighborhood and Zamalek. Shoppers can also find affordable fabrics, shoes, bags and furniture. It’s certainly a bit of an adventure visiting this market, but do avoid wearing fancy clothes.
Named after the founder of modern Egypt, Mohamed Ali, this street was constructed in the 1860s as a part of Khedive Ismail’s vision for a Cairo built in the European style. The street was a centre for oriental arts in Cairo, and home to professional belly dancers. For now, it’s one of the best places to manufacture, sell and repair musical instruments.
While spending your vacation in Sharm El-Sheikh, the old market in Sharm El Sheikh is the best place to shop for souvenirs, antiques, local handmade crafts, swimming and snorkelling tools. There are also some cafes and restaurants where you can have some tasty fish for lunch or a plate of grilled meat.