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Review of Khan Al-Khalili

Khan Al-Khalili
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Private Walking Tour to Khan el-Khalili and...
Ranked #45 of 330 things to do in Cairo
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Owner description: Located in the heart of Islamic Cairo, this busy and colorful open-air bazaar is filled with unique and exotic items from spices and perfumes to jewelry and souvenirs.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

All but one of our group of five were first time visitors to Egypt. We had heard so much about the Khan Al Khalili that it was on the " must do" list of all except the visitor with experience. But she knew that the others would visit the place no matter what, so she insisted that we finish with it the day we arrive in Cairo.
After landing in Cairo late morning and resting a while at our hotel, we set off for the market. That is when we had our first exposure to Cairo taxi driving; the transfer earlier from the airport to the hotel was a sedate, quiet affair by comparison. Just about when we had our fill of honking and shouting, we found ourselves on the pavement opposite the market. We walked through an underground tunnel to the Kan Al Khalili.
The Khan Al Khalili has the look of a Turkish bazaar but does not have the feel of one despite its numerous shops filled with goods. Many of the items on display appeared to be cheap and tacky copies of Egyptian artifacts and traditional items, mostly made in China. May be because of the preceding lean years in tourism, the shop keepers were overly solicitous, if not downright aggressive sometimes. We were not attracted enough to buy anything. We had heard that kebab in Khan Al Khalili is very good, but the general environment did not give us confidence to try any outside food on our first day in Egypt.
We were tired and a little annoyed with everything going on around us. Suddenly the Naguib Mahfouz Cafe, managed now by a well known international chain,loomed in front of us. We rushed in and enjoyed over an hour of serenity and excellent service with snacks, drinks and shisha.
On our way back from Egypt we spent a day and a half in Cairo. Though we had time, we did not go back to Khan Al Khalili

Thank Ayub Q
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Great place to see how local vendors sell souvenirs, silver, gold, spices etc... it is very busy and you will need to be oriented on puzzle walkways. Of course bargain your prices.

Thank May F
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Actually Khan Al Khalil is Good place to visit great environment many antique are available there I visited that place three time during my one week Trip

Thank Noaimies
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Though there are many shops to choose from, the shop owners have no dearth of customers and are thus unwilling to bargain. We thus ended up paying quite high prices for items we had seen at much lower rates in places like the Luxor market. You will be charged a high price for pretty much everything. Be sure you are not buying poor imitations of items like the mother of pearl boxes. Also beware of pickpockets and do not venture into the by lanes.

Thank Nidhi C
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This is NOT an authentic bazaar experience, one that you read about in the books or the vision of which takes you to your Aladin or the Prince of Baghdad video games.
The stores are littered with china-made souvenirs, the people are not to be trusted with their stories of how the products were made, the cafes are unhygienic...so yeah, enter at your own risk!
We didn't want to risk catching an infection or, buying a worthless piece of Chinese junk, so we ended up walking amidst the hoards of people haggling over few pieces of rubbish, soaking in the nicotine-drenched air and brushing off the store-pimps who will typically pose as a "student learning english" or "helpful local"...

Thank disharan
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