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Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt.
Nile Stock: Practical and Cheap Clothes in Cairo
When shopping in Cairo, you may often face a struggle between wanting to be covered in brands from head to toe and that little voice inside of you insisting that paying 300LE for an undershirt is plainly illogical. If you have ever experienced that inner struggle, you’re in luck with Nile Stock, your magical way out of this conundrum.
The same company that brought us Red Tags has another chain of bargain clothes shops. With five different branches in Cairo, Nile Stock offers a huge number of on-sale items all year long. What makes Nile Stock different from Red Tags is that the latter specialises in bigger designer brands and generally more fundamental items of clothing.
On the other hand, Nile Stock is the kind of shop that is nearly impossible to leave empty handed. No matter what you are looking for, at least one of the many colourful t-shirts or comfortable sweatpants will spontaneously jump into your shopping bag. There are many to choose from and they are all very reasonably priced.
It took this reviewer some time to find the Mohandiseen branch, despite its prominent location on Gamaat El Dowal Street– it's actually located on the first floor of a residential building.
Most of the shop contains items for under 100LE, including coats and knitwear. In summer, you can find a whole stack of t-shirts, vests and tank tops in every imaginable colour and fabric for as little as 14LE a piece. When it comes to PJs and sportswear, Nile Stock is your answer: many of its soft cotton t-shirts would be very comfortable to wear indoors.
Sportswear is also available in the form of t-shirts or full training suits by Adidas and Diadora averaging around 90LE. However, the kids’ wear section takes up the biggest part of the shop; including Gap shirts in pure, high-quality Egyptian cotton for less than 50LE.
With its great quality and practical clothing at very reasonable prices, Nile Stock is one of those shops where you can feel that the world is right again for a few moments. You can still always get the coats and jeans from high-end brand stores, but for everything in between, thank God for Nile Stock.
Shopping in Cairo can sometimes be a bit of a pain. The clothing is either very expensive because it is imported, or it’s very cheap but of bad quality. Luckily, someone thought of buying up all of last season’s collections to be resold at a lower price. Nile Stock is one of those shops. The best thing about Nile Stock is that it has women’s, children’s and men’s clothing.
Located on the corner of Behlar Passage and Adly Street, Nile Stock is easy to find. It has a bright orange logo and the clothing in the window display will immediately attract your attention. Downstairs is the women’s and girls’ section and upstairs is the men’s and boys’ section. Nile Stock carries a lot of imported brands such as Gas, Abercrombie and Fitch, Promod, Adidas, LTC, Gerry Weber, Esprit, Zara, Converse, Gap, Calvin Klein, Replay and many more. The clothing is authentic, and therefore of good quality, but it is usually one or two-seasons-old. Then again, who cares when it is so cheap? These brands are all known for being timeless in their designs anyway.
The best part of the shop is undoubtedly the jeans section for men and women. You can score A&F, Esprit or Gap jeans starting at 130LE, which is a ridiculous bargain. Most of the shirts are priced at around 80LE, whereas vests go for 180LE and coats for 200LE. There are also often discounts on some of the items. At the time of our visit, we paid 8LE for plain Zara t-shirts. Most of the skirts cost around 80LE and leggings go for 30LE. Dresses cost around 100LE, which also extremely cheap.
The men’s section has some nice shirts starting at 100LE and suits from 200LE. Apart from that, the same prices apply to the women’s department. Shirts cost around 80LE, jeans start from 120LE and blazers sell for around 180LE.
The best is the kids’ department, where additional brands such as Baby GAP can be found and most of the clothing costs between 30LE and 80LE. Nile Stock is also perfect if you're pregnant and have trouble finding fashionable maternity wear: there is a big collection by Motherhood with shirts starting from 70LE and trousers from 100LE.
The only downside to the shop is the clothing sizes. Since the shop stocks leftovers, you’ll find a lot of items in XXS and XXL. The staff is very friendly and willing to help you convert all the different sizes (such as American or British) into your preferred sizing.
Nile Stock has several branches all over Cairo
but this Downtown branch is the biggest. On top of the cheap prices, there are
usually high discounts as well; so make sure to inquire.