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Bazaar Khan El Khalili In Cairo: Finding The Market’s Instagrammable Photo Spot!

A firm favourite in every Cairo itinerary is a visit to the Khan El Khalili Market, also known as the Khan al Khalili Bazaar.

Nestled in the heart of Old Cairo – Cairo’s historic district,  Khan El Khalili is a beautiful traditional open air market and is an absolute must visit. It’s one of the best things to do in Cairo – plus there’s a really Instagrammable photo spot here!

This article shares all you need to know!

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Visiting Khan El Khalili Market

Outdoor markets are found all over the Middle East but the Khan el Khalili Bazaar is said to be the oldest one, dating back since the 14th century.

Khan El Khalili Market is full of history, ancient traditions and vibrant culture. The colourful bazaar is full of labyrinth alleys. You really feel like you’re stepping back in time when you’re walking through the narrow streets and cute alleyways full of character.

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Khan El Khalili Opening Times 

The stalls at Khan el Khalili Market are typically open from 9 AM to 9 PM daily. 

The market is generally quiet in the mornings, whereas early evening has a great atmosphere – full of locals as well as tourists, and is the busiest time to visit.

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How To Find The Khan El Khalili Market Instagrammable Photo Spot

The most Instagrammable location in Khan El Khalili is at the junction of Sekat Khan El Khalili and Sekat Al Badstan. Here is the Google maps location.

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It’s hidden in the middle of the market and can be a little bit tricky to find amongst all the alleyways, but it’s worth it when you find it! Don’t arrive too early before the stall has finished setting up, otherwise you’ll miss all the souvenirs in your shot!

When you’re walking around the market, make sure to look up and admire the old medieval architecture and grand archways.

Then afterwards, head to one of the many traditional cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by over a cup of coffee – this is a tradition in Egypt!

Places to Go for Food and Coffee In Khan El Khalili Bazaar

El Fishawy Café

El Fishawy is an iconic cafe in Khan el Khalili that is definitely worthy of a stop, and it’s just a couple of streets from the famous Instagrammable spot in the bazaar!

Indulge in the rich coffee culture at El Fishawy Cafe – this café is the oldest coffee shop (‘ahwa’) in the Khan El Khalili Market at almost 250 years old! Enjoy an aromatic Egyptian coffee and traditional shisha in the bustling atmospheric setting.

The cafe is full of antique decor, and you can also get some lovely photos here. Try local dishes like koshary, falafel, and kebabs at the historic restaurant.

El Fishawy Cafe is open 24 hours a day and is nestled deep in the maze of narrow passageways in the heart of the market.

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Souvenir Shopping At Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Khan El Khalili Market is a great place to pick up some souvenirs, whether that’s spices and herbs, lanterns, kilim rugs, gold or perfume, traditional coffee pots or papyrus artwork. 

You can find literally anything at this market – and all the products are of good quality!

Get ready to haggle when you are here: this is common practice and a tradition in Arabic markets! Everything is marked up and so the locals will expect you to bargain.

Have fun whilst you’re haggling and be fair with your offers – usually I start with around a third of the asking price and if we don’t agree on a price I just walk away, usually they will call you back and give you your asking price!

In regards to bartering, whether you love it or hate it, the Khan El Khalili Bazaar is definitely somewhere you should visit for the experience!

Even if you’re not interested in buying souvenirs, Khan El Khalili Market is an eye-opening and interesting place to walk around and spend a couple of hours.

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What Else To Do Near Khan El Khalili Market

If you’ve got a couple of days in Cairo, you can also check out these other nearby places:

Al-Azhar Park:  Less than 2km from Khan El Khalili Market is Al-Azhar Park, a lush and peaceful oasis in the heart of Cairo that offers stunning views of the city.

Garbage City: Behind Al-Azhar Park you’ll find Cairo’s Garbage City – a really poor Coptic Christian area where the residents live on piles of rubbish. There is the most stunning cathedral in a cave here.

Islamic Cairo: Explore the narrow alleyways of Islamic Cairo, also a short distance from the Khan El Khalili Market. Discover hidden gems like the Sultan Hassan Mosque and the historic Sabil-Kuttab of Katkhuda.

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