Khan El Kalili Bazaar

The World's Most Famous Market
Souvenirs, Antiques and Jewelry
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar is a major souk (market) in the Islamic district of Cairo. It is significantly geared towards
tourists, with shops that sell souvenirs, antiques and jewelry.

Many traditional workshops also operate in the area, such as the goldsmiths' souk, which is still important for locals.
15th Century Center of Trade
By the late 15th century, the district around Khan el-Khalili had become the major center of foreign trade, which included the sale of slaves and precious stones.
In addition to shops, there are several coffeehouses, restaurants, and street food vendors throughout the market.

The coffeeshops are generally small and quite traditional, serving Arabic coffee and offering shisha - smoking flavored tobacco vaporized through a waterpipe.

On a narrow street in the souk you will find the El Fishawy Cafe, or Cafe of Mirrors, which was once a meeting place for local artists.

It is still frequented by the Nobel Award winning Naguib Mahfouz, one of Egypt's most well-known authors.



How Bazaar!

Take a look around the Khan El Kalili Bazaar and the streets of Cairo

Teresa the Traveler shop for bargains
in the Khan El Kalili Bazaar