Shopping in Cairo
There are plenty of supermarkets and shopping malls in Cairo where you can
buy most of what you find in European stores, but not much cheaper, at least not
the imported goods. There is also a chaotic system in many of the centers. You
will first get a coupon for the item you choose, then you will have to pay in
another disk, get a receipt and pick up the
item in a third place.
Good and distinctive Egyptian items include gold and silver jewelry, papyrus
paintings, rugs, leather goods and hookahs. But always double check that it is
genuine goods and not cheap imitations that break once you leave the country.
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In addition, you will surely be offered hundreds of times cheap and fun
little souvenirs such as camel figures, pyramids, pharaoh key rings, small
Tut-ankh-Amon masks, etc.
The most fun and distinctive place to shop is, of course, Cairo's huge Grand
Bazaar, Khan al-Khalili. Here are hundreds of small stalls with intensely
present proprietors offering all kinds of goods, in exotic-smelling labyrinthine
alleys with a buzzing background noise of music, voices, mopeds and animals.
In Heliopolis, the most western part of the northeast, you will find most
fashion boutiques and European chains, or Arabic fashion clothing if tempted.
Especially in Horreya Street you should be able to do some bargaining on
Eating in Cairo
In Cairo you will find both cheap local cafes and kitchen trolleys serving
Egyptian cuisine on the streets and markets, Asian restaurants and modern,
exclusive business restaurants with the finest French cuisine. But for you as a
tourist in Cairo, it is of course the North African food that is most
Much of the food is already well known in Europe through the tens of
thousands of retail outlets selling kebabs. In addition to kebabs, lamb with
beef skewers, meatballs and falafel is common. Seafood is more unusual, and
since it is a good distance to the sea, probably the fish on the menu is taken
from the heavily polluted Nile.
Egypt is a Muslim country, so don't take it for granted that the restaurant
you choose has alcoholic beverages. Wine and imported beer are mainly found in
the western tourist hotels, but try the Egyptian Stella beer, a light and tasty
beer beer. If you choose water for your food, make sure you get a bottle, as the
tap water should definitely not be drunk.
Among the better and more famous and popular eateries in Cairo, we can
suggest two restaurants at each end of the price range. Paprika Restaurant in
1129 Corniche el-Nile lives up to its name with a variety of paprika-based
dishes in addition to traditional Egyptian cuisine, and is very popular with
Cairo's media elite. Table booking is recommended.
The less expensive Felfela is located in 15 Sharia Hoda Shaarawi and is a
long hall with a variety of Egyptian dishes. Here you can also serve beer for
food, with birds in cages and aquariums with turtles and fish around you.