Cairo

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  • 1. Abd El-Zaher Bookstore

    Islamic Cairo North | Books/Stationery

    This is the last working bookbinding company in Cairo. It's been open since 1936, and no political assassination, upheaval, or revolution can...Read More

  • 2. Khan al-Khalili

    Islamic Cairo North | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Cairo shopping starts at this great medieval souk, which is chaotic and crowded but a thoroughly authentic Cairo experience. Although it has...Read More

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  • 3. L'Orientaliste Books

    Downtown | Books/Stationery

    Bibliophile Hassan Kamy stocks his shop with the city's best selection of books, antique maps, prints, and lithographs, plus wonderful antique...Read More

  • 4. Mashrabia Gallery

    Downtown | Art Galleries

    This gallery is on the tree-lined Shar'a Champollion (the street named after the Frenchman who broke the hieroglyphic code), and it's one of...Read More

  • 5. Anglo-Egyptian Bookshop

    Downtown | Books/Stationery

    Dating back to 1928, this shop has excellent selection of books, especially nonfiction offerings, and is one of the best sources in Cairo for...Read More

  • 6. Arkadia Mall

    Downtown | Shopping Centers/Malls

    This mall has more than 500 shops plus an arcade with games to keep the kids happy. It suffered serious damage during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution...Read More

  • 7. Azza Fahmy

    Giza | Jewelry/Accessories

    Egypt's leading jewelry designer has become an international brand in recent years with her traditional motif-inspired pieces. A purchase here...Read More

  • 8. Catsaros

    Downtown | Auctions

    One of the best auction houses in town is in an unmarked alley off Shar'a Qasr al-Nil. ...Read More

  • 9. City Centre Ma'adi

    Ma'adi | Shopping Centers/Malls

    This mall is a resource for the many families in this residential district; there are few designer names but lots of mainstream brands like...Read More

  • 10. City Stars

    Heliopolis | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Cairo's megamall is huge, with more than 650 stores. There are also three hotels, a variety of restaurants and cafés, and two food courts. ...Read More

  • 11. Fair Trade Egypt

    Zamalek | Crafts

    This shop sells an interesting selection of handmade items from the 2,300 artisans working in 40-odd cooperatives around Egypt. Look for handmade...Read More

  • 12. Mit Rehan

    Zamalek | Household Items/Furniture

    This is the best source for modern Egyptian furniture—which means Islamic or pharaonic motifs applied to traditional pieces, like mashrabiyya...Read More

  • 13. Nile City Towers Mall

    Bulaq | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Underpinning two vast office blocks (plus the Fairmont Nile City hotel), this mall caters to upwardly mobile executives and office workers....Read More

  • 14. Nomad

    Zamalek | Crafts

    Vaguely Bedouin-style jewelry, clothing, home goods, and a handful of souvenir-type items are among the goods here. You'll also find some interesting...Read More

  • 15. The First Mall Cairo

    Giza | Shopping Centers/Malls

    This series of 200-odd upscale boutiques sell jewelry, designer clothing, and elegant housewares in galleries around an open atrium. There is...Read More

  • 16. Virgin Megastore

    Heliopolis | Books/Stationery

    This vast emporium offers a good choice of English-language reading from magazines to hardcover books, as well as music, films, and games. ...Read More

  • 17. Al Khatoun

    Old Cairo | Crafts

    This renovated yet still run-down workshop is an outlet for varied local artists and artisans including weavers, potters, and woodworkers. Styles...Read More

  • 18. Galleria

    Rodah Island | Shopping Centers/Malls

    The shopping center attached to the Grand Hyatt, has a small selection of individual boutiques, but it's anchored by a 12-screen cinema complex. ...Read More

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