Luxor's main souk is a long, narrow street running between concrete dwellings and lined with shops where turbaned men and black-robed women hawk their wares. Several restaurants and coffee shops have relocated here as a result of Luxor's new city-planning program. In fact, the souk itself has undergone a makeover, with new flagstone pavement for the pedestrian-only street. You'll find brass trays, alabaster vases and bowls, leather poufs, jewelry shops, and racks of brightly colored cotton scarves and galabeyyas—mixed with hardware stores and great piles of fruits and vegetables in hemp baskets. The air is filled with aromas of pungent spices, incense, tangy mint, and something wonderful grilling in nearby kitchens. The souk is open daily from 7 am until midnight. Eager vendors may lightly hassle. You can politely but firmly say no.
Shar‘a al-Souk, off Abu al-Haggag Plaza, Luxor, Egypt