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Flea Markets in Cairo, Egypt

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

With its population of over 16 million people, the city of Cairo is one of Africa’s and the Middle East’s largest cities.  It is located on the Nile River; and despite being rich in historical significance, it is now home to a very modern society.  As one would imagine, the city of Cairo has plenty of attractions and things to do; from the Egyptian Museum, in the heart of the city, to the Giza Pyramids and the Saqqara Pyramid Complex.  However, many tourists visit Cairo for shopping purposes.

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Despite the numerous shopping ventures in the city, no shopping adventure in Cairo would be complete without exploring the many street and flea markets.  The following is a list of the recommended flea markets in Cairo, Egypt:

Khan El-Khalili bazaar – situated in the Islamic section of Cairo is this giant souq.  The merchants in the bazaar will stop at nothing to steal a sale from the competition, even at your expense.  Be thick skinned against the hard sell and be prepared to negotiate.  If you are searching for perfume bottles or rustic glassware, this is definitely the shopping venue to explore and enjoy.  This is also the home to the most popular silver market in Cairo.

Friday’s Market (Souq Al Goma’a) – this is not like your normal street or flea market.  It is one of the largest in Cairo and possibly in Egypt.  The market has an air that resembles the markets of Brick Lane in London and Petticoat Lane in Paris.  Just be aware of the fact that this market attracts tens of thousands of Cairo’s poorest citizens so protect your purse or wallet when visiting this Souq.

Zamalek – there are a number of retail shops located here, many of which are high-end, so shop thoroughly and don’t just jump at what you feel is the first bargain.  You might be shocked when you find the same item priced much cheaper a 100 yards down the street.  This is an excellent venue for bargains on crafts and jewelry.

Gold Bazaar – Cairo is well known for being one of the cheapest places in the world to purchase gold.  Whether you are shopping for basic gold jewelry or Pharonic-styled items, you will find the best values here.  The Cartouche is one of the most popular items here.

Midan Ataba – located in the heart of downtown Cairo, this is the home to large bookseller markets but don’t overlook the many clothing and electronics markets that are located here.  You’ll definitely find some of the best values on these items here.  You might want to visit Midan Talaat Harb which is the home of numerous markets selling anything from books to shoes and sweets.

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Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

7 responses to “Flea Markets in Cairo, Egypt”

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  1. Nosizwe Martin says via Facebook:
    April 21st, 2011 at 19:22

    Portobello Road market in London – great vibes there!

  2. Karen Elise Fjelde says via Facebook:
    April 21st, 2011 at 20:48

    The flee market in cairo is a great adventure. Smell of good food and theas, noices from people and music, lots of souvernies, carpets, clodes and juvelerys, it just haves too been a big happening of the tripp to Egypt !!

  3. Martin Alvez says via Facebook:
    April 21st, 2011 at 22:35

    Check out the Tristan Narvaja open market in Montevideo, Uruguay, one of the biggest in the world

  4. La Fauvelle says via Facebook:
    April 21st, 2011 at 22:41

    In perpignan there is a flea marked with arabic and gipsy vendors from Spain every sunday morning.

  5. Bart van der Veer says via Facebook:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 00:04

    Without any doubt the flea market in old Yaffo, the Arabic port city next to which Tel Aviv was built 102 years ago. A large area full of small shops and streets where you can find treasures as well as the usual junk.

  6. ปริภา เอี่ยมหฤท says via Facebook:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 03:05

    cairo,very dirty and cheating merchant.I don’t like it

  7. Yvette Mollega Mainsard says via Facebook:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 17:52

    qué barato son los hoteles en El Cairo ! Regalados.

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