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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Distingo: One-Stop Music Shop in Cairo
Music shops are not hard to come by in Cairo, filled with tablas, ouds and more traditional instruments that are used in popular Egyptian music. While these shops also tend to carry a few guitars and other miscellaneous musical supplies, if you’re looking for a specific design or would like to order a certain little instrument that you can’t find elsewhere; we’ve found a shop that will suit your style.
With branches in both Maadi and Zamalek, Distingo is the go-to shop for many musicians in Cairo. Its first branch opened on Maadi’s Road Nine in 2003 and has been a busy place ever since. Head down the road, and you’ll find Distingo on the building’s second floor across from Costa Coffee.
While the shop itself is small and provides little space to move about, the seating space is sufficient enough when you’re hoping to try out a new instrument or two. If you don’t see what you want on the shelf; don’t hesitate to ask the friendly staff.
Carrying brands such as LTD, Ibanez, Fender, Gibson and Yamaha, Distingo has both electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, woodwind instruments, pedals, amplifiers, harmonicas and more.
A C-key harmonica sells for 75LE and comes in a pretty little case. A steel-string, Yamaha FX 335 acoustic-electric guitar (750LE) is sold alone This merchandise in the shop is expertly displayed, well taken care of and polished.
We were prompted to purchase a soft case for the guitar as well. Decently made with an organising pocket on its front side; the case costs around 80LE.
The Ibanez Classic 650 acoustic guitar sells for 1150LE, and a semi-acoustic classic model sells for 1700LE. Keyboards begin around 2000LE and include studio programming as well as a number of extra features and accessories.
If you’re looking for more accessories, Distingo carries various brands of well known string brands such as Ernie Ball Super Slinky and Power Slinky, for approximately 15LE a package. They’re not short on automatic tuners, capos or picks either.
Distingo’s sales attendants are on point when it comes to customer service, and they’re more than happy to provide you with plenty of time when making your big decision.
Cairo needs to get healthier. It also needs less traffic and more physical activity. The answer? Bicycles of course!
As an easy form of transportation, a cheap ride and a simple act of recreation, bicycles are becoming the city’s new trend, especially with the countless bicycle stores opening up recently.
Located in the underground level of Akran Mall, 3agal Masr is a small, packed and easily missed shop providing high-end brand bicycles and essential accessories. The bikes are broken up into three categories, mountain, city and sports, each varying in brand and size depending on the bike’s intended use.
Suitable for off-road navigation, mountain bikes rally a rigid design proper for cross-country and downhill rides. Available were a few Fuji manufactured mountain bikes, labelled Nevada, varying in models, ranging in price from 2,600LE to 3000LE. For women, one mountain bike brand was available; a white Fuji Addy 1.3 for (3,350LE).
Specially designed for kids, 3agal Masr offer Fuji mountain bikes for the little ones. Available at the time of our visit was Fuji Dynamite 20, available in blue and grey for 2,200LE as well as the Fuji Dynamite 24, available in green and red. They also have BMX bikes for kids; two-model type Freestyle Bianchi bikes ranging from 3,500LE to 3,900LE) and an SE bike model (1,900LE) available in yellow and blue.
For Cairene's who enjoy roaming about the city on a smooth and easy ride, the store offers City/Urban Bikes ideal for everyday city commuters including the Fuji City Bikes and SE City Bikes, from 2,400LE to 3600LE, in blue, grey, green, orange and black, ranging in size from 49cm to 58cm.
For professional cycling, Sports bikes were also in stock delivering much more efficient aerodynamics. One Fuji manufactured bike was available; a Fuji Absolute 1.3 in Maroon Gloss for 6,000LE.
Professional SE Bikes for men and women were also available, including, a Monterey speed 21 in black and red (3,000LE), and a Monterey Speed 24 (3,400LE) in blue.
While they usually provide Adult Tricycles for family fun the store was unfortunately out of stock. Alternatively, there were E-Bikes, electric motor bikes, but only two BH E-Bikes were in stock ranging from a whopping 17,800LE to an even more whopping 22,300LE.
The most popular type of bicycle available in the store was the Fat Bike. Intended for snow and desert terrain, the Fat Bikes utilises a much more stable and robust design, with wider tires. Available was a TommiSea Fat Sand Cruiser 3 Speed brand (8000LE) in orange, black, green and red, as well as TommiSea Terrain Destroyer 8 Speed in green, white, black and orange (10,500LE).
Bicycle shopping isn’t something you do every day and so with so much money spent, it’s important to scope out all your choices – 3agal Masr should be pretty high on the list.