The best place to buy unique items and souvenirs is in Islamic Cairo at the market Khan al-Khalili. Some great finds in this market include jewelry, painted papyrus scrolls, gellibayas (long robes), silks, leather, brass and copper items, and herbs and spices. Perfume is also a good purchase, especially because many French perfumes get their supplies from Egypt. If you want to buy perfumes or pure essential oils, go to the Perfume Bazaar area.
Though Khan al-Khalili sells some inexpensive gold and silver jewelry, for a change of scene you can also check out jewelry shops on Sharia Abdel Khalek Sarwat and on Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah. Make sure that you do some bargaining on any piece of jewelry before purchasing it, because the item will most likely be hiked up.
If you want to buy some copper items, the best shops (without a doubt) are found on the Street of the Coppersmiths (An-Nahassin).
And remember, when shopping do not forget to bargain, for such haggling is routine at Cairo markets. However, do not take this activity too seriously. If someone is not offering the price you prefer then move on.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*During the summer most stores close between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.