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Cairo Bazaar

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The go-to place for crafts and souvenirs in Egypt

Egyptian buyers generally shop in the area north of al-Badistan and to the west, where prices are usually lower.

Khan Al-Khaili, also known as Khan El-Khaili, but usually called just simply as “Khan” is a marketplace in Cairo, usually referred to as “Cairo Bazaar” and by some, “The Turkish Bazaar”. The bazaar was named after Prince Jaharkas Al-Khalili, who was one of the powerful khan  Mamluke princes in the 14th century.


The Cairo Bazaar is one of the most famous attractions in Cairo and even in Egypt. It is located in the heart of the city and it is famous for its unusual souvenirs and handmade crafts.


The history of the market dates back to the late 14th century, exactly the year 1382. The site where the market stands today was the burial place of the Fatimid rulers of Egypt, built by Emir Dajahars Al.


Although the market has been modernized in a significant way, many portions still display the original Mamluk style architecture. This style of architecture features great archways and vaulted ceilings. In additions to shops, there are many coffeehouses, restaurants, and street food vendors  distributed throughout the bazaar to ensure you won’t go hungry.