The Khan el-Khalili is one of the famous bazaars in the Islamic district of Cairo. It was named after Prince Jaharkas Al-Khalili, who was one of the most powerful Mamluk Princes in the period of 14th century and considered as the creator of modern Cairo. It was also known as Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman Empire. It is located near the Za’afran Tomb, a burial place of the Fatimid Caliphs. This bazaar is mainly occupied by Egyptians and is famous for its unusual, typically oriented souvenirs, antiques, handmade crafts and jewels. The bazaar also accommodates Fishawi's coffee house which is a famous ancient coffeehouse built in 1773. One can witness the Al-Hussein Mosque and Al-Azhar University which are located adjacent to the market. It consists of spice market to buy fresh species of many varieties, perfume market, fabric shops, carpet vendors and sellers etc. The Helba drinking Hibiscus, Karakare and Shisha or water pipe for the smokers to enjoy are the facilities available this Khan el-Khalili. There are also several coffee houses, restaurants and street food vendors occupying the market. Many of the coffee shops are small and quite traditional, serving Sufi coffee. This is a place where the art and commerce come together to give a unique and remarkable experience.
See also : Explore the Pharaonic village
How to Reach:
By Metro: The nearest metro station is Ataba which is 4 kilometers away from the bazaar.
By Bus: Take the bus number 400 from Tahrir Square which takes 9 minutes walk away to the destination.
Timings: Opens daily for 24 hours.
Address: Khan el-Klalili Bazaar, Al-Azhar Street, Cairo.
Phone: +20 2 285 4509."