Cairo has been a vibrant centre of trade and commerce since it was founded centuries ago. Today this tradition lives on in the city’s markets and bazaars, which are locally known as souks. The Khan Al-Khalili souk is the most famous in Egypt.
The lively hustle and bustle of this open air market creates an intoxicating appeal that has long fascinated visitors to Cairo. Bargain hunters who have enjoyed sampling the unique atmosphere of Khan Al-Khalili will find that the welcoming Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis is the perfect place to unwind after a day’s haggling.
Egypt’s most famous bazaar
Like many of Cairo’s most impressive sites, the Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar was shaped by the medieval period. Merchants have been plying their trade at the bazaar since the14th century, when stunning sites like the Hanging Church were still active centres of Cairo life.
While many of Cairo’s finest sites have become famous for their historical interest, Khan Al-Khalili remains a vibrant, living testament to an ancient tradition. Today, tourists and locals mingle in the labyrinthine medieval streets of the market, enjoying a staggering range of goods. From oriental souvenirs to exquisite locally made art, Khan Al-Khalili caters for all tastes.
A haggler’s dream
The Khan Al-Khalili market is suffused with the energy of commerce and to fully experience the buzz of trade visitors will find that the lively interplay of haggling is essential. There are no fixed prices in the Khan Al-Khalili allowing shoppers to fight for the best bargains.
Visitors to Cairo looking for an authentic Egyptian experience will find that the Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar is an outstanding attraction. And after a day of haggling, some of the finest accommodation Cairo has to offer is available in the superior Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis.