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Khan al-Khalili

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Khan al-Khalili Review

Cairo shopping starts at this great medieval souk. Although it has been on every tourist's itinerary for centuries, and some of its more visible wares can seem awfully tacky, the Khan is where everyone—newcomer and age-old Cairene alike—goes to find traditional items: jewelry, lamps, spices, clothes, textiles, handicrafts, water pipes, metalwork, you name it. Whatever it is, you can find it somewhere in this skein of alleys or the streets around them. Every Khan veteran has the shops he or she swears by—usually because of the fact (or illusion) she or he is known there personally and is thus less likely to be overcharged. Go, browse, and bargain hard. Once you buy something, don't ask how much it costs at the next shop; you'll be happier that way. Many shops close Sunday.

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    I did not know what to expect when going to the Khan al-Khalili. There is a large courtyard right before the shops and cafes begin. The shops are located in a mixture of alleyways with the owners hawking their items to you. You have to haggle with the owners, and it's a great experience since it is all in good fun. The people there love to talk to foreigners and always like to practice their language skills with you. The shops have great items, just make sure you can get it to the right price! Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to visit the cafes, but I wish I did- they looked great!

    by alex_424, 8/3/10

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