Khan El-Khalili is one of the most interesting bazaars, not only in Egypt, but also in the Middle East. The popular Khan El-Khalili Market is located in the heart of the bazaar district. This thriving market with its wonderful colors dates back to 1382.
It was named after Prince Jaharkas Al-Khalili, who was one of the powerful Mamluke Princes in the 14th century. The Bazaar is famous for its unusual, typically oriental souvenirs, handmade crafts, jewellery, spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copper-ware, leather work, glass, ceramics and mashrabiya.
The Medieval atmospheres of this traditional market, together with the labyrinth layout of the streets, gives visitors o lot of pleasure and a glimpse into what medieval markets once were like.
Within Khan El-Khalili, you can find also lots of local restaurants which are serving a selection of delightfully traditional cuisine. Also there are several coffee houses with their special traditional decorations. You can take time out to sit outside any coffee house and watch the bustling crowds pass by as you sip a cup of sugary tea, or enjoy the fruity flavours of a shisha pipe, you can also drink Hibiscus, Helba, or any of the various typical Egyptian beverages.
We strongly recommend visiting this vivid bazaar, but keep in mind that in open traditional markets, the prices are not fixed; and here is your chance to practice your bartering skills to get the best price. The Khan El-Khalili Bazaar is place where art and commerce come together to give a unique and remarkable, harmonious experience.