In Cairo, great things come in small packages. On Taha Hussein Street in Zamalek, El Hammam is one such tiny shop filled with gifts and home accessories.

El Hammam (bathroom in Arabic) carries mostly high-end bathroom products like handmade soaps and plush towels, but a surprisingly wide array of non-bathroom home accessories are on display on the mossy green shelves. Everything from wall art to knick-knacks are found at El Hammam, but the shop is even smaller than it looks from the street; so take care inside.

Towel sets come in a variety of colours, mostly pastels and earth tones. For 300LE, a set of towels includes a bath towel, two hand towels, and two wash cloths. Thick, soft bathrobes are also available here. El Hammam carries both liquid and bar soap, including hand-poured glycerine-based and olive oil soaps; both are lightly scented and especially useful for sensitive skin. Many of these hand soaps range from 25LE to 40LE and can be bought as part of gift sets that include dark pumice stones.

A few large but simple candles are on display, such as a cream-coloured candle shaped like a massive bowl for 120LE. Other home accessories include weighty metal coasters for 30LE and hand-painted ceramic light switch plates for 45LE.

While the sales staff at El Hammam are friendly and happy to answer your questions; it is rather annoying to inquire about prices and a good number of El Hammam’s items are unmarked. This is especially the case for larger items such as the gorgeous green jewellery box, hand-painted with a floral design; as well as a number of painted glass shisha bottoms, some of which have been converted to lamps, and an opulent red and gold-painted metal table top.

Despite the tiny space and unmarked prices, El Hammam stands out as one of Zamalek’s finest home accessories shops. El Hammam is great for tasteful gifts and a little self-pampering.